How to Understand Men's Fashion

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Wow garanimals for men that stung

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdruw

Oh this one really made me laugh! I think my husband uses versions of all three at different times!

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

The phrase "it builds character" has so many applications.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

"Your closet must look like a rainbow re-imagined by Tim Burton"

That's gonna be an instant classic.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCornh

Yup, that's me.
I own plain black pocket t-shirts, plain black SLEEVELESS pocket T-Shirts, and black printed t-shirts from various festivals, bands and general metal designs.
I have a handful of charcoal denim button downs for formal(ish) occasions and a handful of colored t-shirts to wear under them half buttoned for various occasions. Green for St Patrick's Day and 4/20, red for just a night out et cetera.
That's enough variety for me dammit.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMagnoodle

So.. does it make it better or worse that his Mariners logo is thirty years out of date?

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeoduck

Other colors in that rainbow include Depp purple and Helena Bonham blue.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Yup, the Tim Burton line is the funniest thing I've read in months. Well played, that man.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIain T

This one's so hysterical because it hits home in EVERY panel! My person uniform: khaki pants & an earth- or sky-toned golf shirt. With the exception of jeans on Fridays & shorts on warm weekends, I've worn that every day for as long as I can remember! And hey, my shirts are in many colors too! Sky blue, royal blue, dark blue, midnight blue, tan, brown, khaki, ocher, burnt umber...

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

@geoduck - if it's out of date, that means it's only a matter of time before it's "classic" and costs a lot more.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertvjames

But where do my jean-shorts fit into the equation?

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTonyD

When I married, I noticed that there was a lack of "color" in my husband's wardrobe (someone had told him to keep it neutral, like he's a "fall" or something)... so whenever I do laundry, I TRY to bury the shirts I've just washed under the STACKS of something... anything... I haven't seen just last week. Lo and behold, the first thing out of the drawer is SOMETHING I JUST WASHED!

And I can't just REPLACE his wardrobe - who can afford that? - but I always see the SAME DAMN SHIT!!!!!!!!!

This comic made me giggle out loud; every frame was a win.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Like the garanimals comment, the key to men's fashion is to assemble an entire wardrobe wherein no combination is ever a mistake. That means you can even get dressed in the dark in total confidence. My button-down purple shirt goes with my jeans and my suit. My suit jacket can be paired with my suit pants or my jeans. Tasteful T-shirts with jeans or slacks. Simple, elegant, logical...like physics and Spock. See, this way, my wife tells me, I'll never embarrass her.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I do mostly panels 2 & 3. I wear pretty much the exact same thing every day (I even call it "my uniform"), though I have changed what it is on a few occasions (when I've been buying a pretty much all new wardrobe) it usually stays the same for at least a couple years.
I also try and wear suits as much as I can (always black, with white or black shirt and a solid colored tie), though there isn't so much call for it these days (unless you work in a job where it would be normal, I don't though).

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCP

Method 3 is the best, simply because you can "decide" what to wear by grabbing whatever is on top. And if you choose your colors carefully, you can do laundry by dumping everything into the machine and wandering off, no sorting or anything. (Of course, I did both of those before adopting method 3 anyway, but now I can not pay attention to my clothes in reasonable confidence that most other people aren't either.)

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIron Donkey

I have one fashion rule: do not mix a navy blue shirt with black pants, or vice-versa. Everything else is fine. My Dad says purple and orange do not go well together. He's crazy.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThalia

Greg's comment gave me an epiphany. I have been wondering if my color vision was going because I have to turn on the lights when I get dressed, or if my husband had vastly superior color vision (which based on experience choosing paint colors with him, seemed unlikely). Now I realize he just doesn't NEED his color vision to get dressed.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Don't overlook the fact that most color-blind people are male. It's like nature wanted us to be unable to coordinate clothes.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

It's not "deliberate failure," it's re-defining failure as "winning." I learned that from Captain Kirk and the Kobayashi Maru. No such thing as a no-win scenario.

Also, red shirts: male fashion of the future?

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTygerblade

Pathetic is that you care how we dress.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul_Bags

No native speaker here, I'm having some difficulties in understanding.

panel 4:
why does Athena (that's her name iirc) thinks the boss to be pathetic, too? In panel 2 he recommends Wilson to buy suits (if that's his name--the Seattle Mariners' fan anyway), to which Athena agrees enthusiastically ("Yeah!"), so she's not criticising the boss.

panel 2:
> The pants and jackets are the same material.
> They can't not go together
Is the bosses text bubble misdirected? Is it Athena who says it? What about "can't not"? Intentional double negation? If it's the boss saying this he lauds himself (pants and jackets do match--just the one he wears, actually--, so they do go together well). Athena doesn't object. Is a text bubble for Athena missing (or some text in the one-word bubble she has)? Attacking the boss somehow, so he is defending himself? That would explain why she thinks he's pathetic in panel 4 (apart of thinking that in general, presumably). Or ist it just me, being a little thick? Hopefully not.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

First time a comic has hit home for 4 panel punchlines in a row. For that you get a metaphorical cookie.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTomTom

Oh no, you're right, I do have a uniform... jeans and a t-shirt, jeans and a polo, no wait that's about it.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoshquixote

Doesn't she realize that fashion sense makes us gay and not want to have sex with her? It's like a Sophie's choice type situation we're talkin about here.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPenible

Brilliant as Always, Scott.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMick Theebs

all the men (including me) in my family can get dressed in the dark. not just because all the clothing matches anyway.

the only time you get dressed in the dark anyway is when you're half-asleep just getting up because the annoying alarm clock says to, and without thinking, you grab a shirt, pants, socks and boxers, and throw it on. so it makes sense to simply have clothing that matches in any combination so you can't attribute your lack of style to your early-morning grogginess.

it would work out better if the boss of the house (don't tell her I called her that) would keep her spontaneously generating clothing from encroaching on my closet space.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXzex

To M. Möhling: Athena is disappointed because none of the men put much effort into making their clothes complex or interesting. At first she thinks the boss is wearing suits to be stylish, but his comment "They can't not go together" reveals he is doing it because it is impossible to have pants and jacket that don't match. This shows that he is putting very little thought into dressing each day.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRB

funny, but seriously, learn to dress appropriately and people will be nicer to you.

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDesigner Sarees

I know you probably didn't have room, but you kinda forgot the "mismatched slob and I don't care" look, the one I favor. Right now I'm wearing a green long-sleeve t-shirt with red and plaid pajama pants. I also have another favorite outfit that my wife calls "The Elf": Green shorts with a red sweatshirt.

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

"The MANLY Way"
Yes.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOrbrunner

yeah, i've learned to tell my shirts apart by texture.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermels

I don't wearer Trousers

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrock0head132

I have the female business casual version of #3. I own business-casual-appropriate skirts and tops in many colors (including charcoal, midnight brown, infra-navy, twilight-in-the-forest green), although both my cardigan jackets are black.

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterazurelunatic

"your closet must look like a rainbow, re-imagined by Tim Burton"

this sentence almost describe my own closet, in exception for some colors... like ultra-dark-red and super-jumbo-dark-yellow...

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarth GTB

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