Just Say No... to Denim Shorts on Men
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Sometimes, there are fashion faux pas that are so ingrained in your mind that you can't possibly let them go. For my father, it is sneakers with dark socks. Every time I pull on a pair of black socks with my Chucks and jeans, he immediately questions my fashion taste. To him, dark socks with sneakers convey immediate, undeniable fashion victim status.
I've managed to let go of many of my previously held fashion don't beliefs in recent years. The formerly taboo combination of black and navy is now readily embraced (my friend Ally, however, still can't stand it). There was a time in my life where I would only wear black shoes with a black belt and bag, and brown shoes with the same, but now I happily mix them up. Fanny packs? I think the cute ones seem tolerable, even covetable. Stripes and florals? Yes, please!
Of course, for every acceptance of a previously shunned style, another "don't" steps in to take its place. There is my current, inexplicable revulsion of khaki pants. I will also never approve of denim shorts on men (except Tobias Funke, of course). But the one that seems to be most unshakable is the mixing of metallics. I just cannot combine metals, no matter how fashionably accepted it may be getting. My silvery flip-flops and gold-framed aviators are just never part of the same ensemble. At times, I do admit, it seems rather rigid and old-fashioned (not to mention impractical and kind of a pain). But I think it's just one of those things I decided early on in my fashion life and I haven't gotten past it.
What about you? Do you have any fashion taboos that you just won't touch, no matter how experimental your style gets?