February 10, 2008

The Layered T Shirt Look is Officially Retarded



Whoever thought that layering t shirts looked cool or stylish? Maybe the first guy who did it. But when the layered t shirt look filters down via television from Hollywood to New York City to Peoria, it, like many other fashion trends, begins to look ridiculous.




You have all seen the look -- a short-sleeved t shirt, usually in a darker color, over a long-sleeved t shirt, usually in a lighter color.


The layered t shirt look has been made famous by many a celebrity, such as teen heartthrob Drake Bell.




This look might work for a fifteen year-old, but it's kind of silly looking on an older guy. And ladies, it's none too flattering on you either.










In fact, the layered t shirt look reminds me of the long underwear section of the L.L. Bean catalog, or perhaps the Brawny paper towel lumberjack, neither of which are exactly bastions of style.



Speaking of style, there is one guy who has at least added a bit of style to the layered t shirt look. Rock Writer Neil Strauss, who, not coincidentally, goes by the moniker "Style" in the so-called "seduction community," wears his t shirt over a pink oxford dress shirt, of the type that can probably be found in that trusty L.L. Bean catalog.













The layered t shirt look reminds me of another regrettable fashion trend from the nineties -- the David Schwimmer "Friends"/Paul Reiser "Mad About You" v-neck over t shirt look.








If you wish to be ridiculed and typecast in future years as epitomizing the Bush Decade, be my guest. As for me, I'll stick to layering t-shirts invisibly under my ski clothes on very cold days.

10 Comments:

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Burnt Couch said...

I am officially going to wear nothing But layered clothing. Shorts over jeans, etc.

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

BC -- I think Madonna did that in the 80s. She and her legions of fans started wearing their bras on the outside, etc. Before that, the style was limited to asylum patients.

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

"Under my ski clothes on very cold days" -- Come on, when do you ever have a very cold day in SoCal?

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

Barbara -- I meant while actually skiing, in the mountains.

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

I forget there are mountains in your part of the state. My experience with Southern California is San Diego, where it is just about 70 degrees F all the time.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger Tyrone L. said...

Finally somebody lashes out at the retard's fashion concept. It all started in two places: Hyde from That 70s Show, and Cobain in Smells Like Teen Spirit video from 1991! Yes, it's a hold over from the late '80s Seattle, and, frankly, when people have these "shirts" on, I have actually barf'd on the floor or sidewalk next to them. I think these things are like the AIDS of the fashion world. Ugh! It also shows were a nation of retards who can't even dress properly.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Matthew said...

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At 5:21 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

Tyrone, great observations! I forgot about Cobain. I have to assume that his look, and the grunge/flannel look in general, is a direct result of the purely functional Washington State logging industry uniform, i.e., flannel shirt over "long johns" top, i.e., the Brawny paper towel guy that I mentioned in the post.

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger Tyger said...

What's wrong with the layered shirt look?

 
At 1:36 AM, Blogger media concepts said...

Tyger, the post covers what is wrong with the look. In addition, it has now been nearly a year and a half since the post was published, and by now that look is *so over.*

 

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