June 20, 2008

Men wear short shorts?

Fashion Tip for Men #1. Obakki shorts (above) drop below the knee this spring
but men should hem shorts to their taste, just like they do for pants.
This is the latest and the last fashion item for the Georgia Straight. It contemplates men should take a hike when it comes to hemming their short pants.

To thigh or not to thigh, showing it is the question I asked a number of fashion cognesceti at Obakki's Spring and Fall preview show a month ago.

"Long, baggy shorts have dominated for so many years, it’s hard to imagine men showing skin above the knee. But is it time for a change? Can men finally consider wearing short shorts again? Yea or nay?"

Check it out in the Straight.

June 12, 2008

Short shorts? Get a leg up on what’s chic now

Allison Wonderland's take on the cropped pant, the Cutie.

(My short shorts swan song - this week and next, in the Georgia Straight, you'll be able to read my last two columns. This weeks it's women's shorts. Seven days from now, it will be men's.)

Judging by what’s hanging from retailer racks and the derrières of gamines, hottish pants and short shorts will hold sway once again on the beach and on the streets this season.


June 10, 2008

From Straight to the Sun

Starting today, I will be the men's style columnist for the Vancouver Sun. I, in my vanity, asked for a photo byline. It was taken on the fly by Steve Bosch of the Vancouver Sun.

I went to their second floor photo studio in the Vancouver Sun building. Bosch seemed harried. No one told him what was what. But he started doing his thing. I had been drenched by the rain and my hair was sticking up at the back. In the print addition, they cropped it so my fly-aways are no longer there.

Hard to reproach the way men dress when I look like a navvy. A coworker said, "I never realized you could look so rugged." I think she was being kind.

Leaving the Straight was a tough decision but also something I wanted to try. With all the media conglomeration, I wanted to see if I could make some headway in the Global media family.

To wit, I made on the front web page of the National Post on Tuesday. It will get plowed under as the day goes...but you can check it out here as well.

The Straight has been good to me and I especially want to thank the editor-in-chief, Charlie Smith, for all his encouragement.

Onwards if not upwards...