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posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 10:55 PM (Pacific)

I tried to find a video clip of Mr. Humphries (Are You Being Served?) answering the telephone; no dice.

menswear look

Today the above composition caught my eye, as I am old enough to remember the concept from 1977's Annie Hall:

diane keaton and woody allen in annie hall

...and sufficiently aged to recall, at least second-hand, the sparkling sexuality of Marlene Dietrich in her menswear look:

diane keaton and woody allen in annie hall

The first, modern image depicts menswear, diluted to..."boyfriend." As in "boyfriend jacket," "boyfriend cardigan," "boyfriend shirt," yadda yadda... Ugh. That is so lame. That would defeat the joy of wearing men's clothes...that perhaps their clothes are more functional than ours have tended to be, there is stark beauty in anything useful, we can always switch back to women's clothes anyway, or doll up the look as dwindling these concepts to borrowing the boyfriend's clothes--I can stand borrowing the husband's clothes, but the boyfriend's clothes? I say, it would totally trash it for me, were I not already a great fan of the idea itself.


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