I’ve heard of generation gaps, but there are like 8 of them between me and George F. “Bow-Tie” Will. An exerpt from his latest op-ed:
Denim is the infantile uniform of a nation in which entertainment frequently features childlike adults (“Seinfeld,” “Two and a Half Men”) and cartoons for adults (“King of the Hill”). Seventy-five percent of American “gamers” — people who play video games — are older than 18 and nevertheless are allowed to vote.
He’s getting frumpy about Seinfeld and video games, man; nobody tell him about that rap music or he’ll freak.
But seriously, I think he’s wrong. I think if he could spit out a much more convincing (and relevant) frumpy article about about the designer jean phenomenon. Which is almost the exact opposite of what he thinks denim fashion is: it’s an arms race to the top, to be as flashy with your expensive jeans as your bank account allows. He could argue that hipsters (if he had heard of them) are obsessed with a faux working class vibe, but I think that that has its roots in a yearning for the masculinity of another era, not an affinity for juvenility.
Friedersdorf at the American Scene says Will should set his sights on pleated chinos, but I’d like to think bigger. A quick check of his bio reveals something abhorrently low-class, and terribly un-white (Webster’s 2c, “marked by upright fairness,” or 3d, “favorable, fortunate,” nothing racist, I assure you) about him. A long neck-tie? How awful. I would hardly wear such an accesory to the lavatory, and I deem it suitable only for beggards and lepers. A quality bow-tie, preferably of the Ben Silver or Brooks Brothers marks, now that might be a civilized piece of neckware.