Tuesday, September 28, 2004

What were they thinking: The Fall 2004 International Male Catalog

The annual Mr. S catalog, it's NOT. But to many gay men, it's there first introduction to beefcake and the gay world. It may be subplanted now by the Abercrombie and Fitch catalog among gay men, but I do know that it continues to be the tie that binds gay men generationally.

The catalog never lets me down. There is always something extremely ugly in the catalog. Were the buyers and designers smoking bad pot when they came up with this shirt or that trenchcoat? This year is no exception.

The hands down winner is the Tirerena Silk shirt on page 5. A cardinal rule to remember: If it even looks ugly on the hottest model in the catalog, don't buy it.

Another faux pas is found on page 17. They say, whoever "they" are, that you can mix plaid with stripes. But burnt orange plaid with orange bold stripe pants legs would be something even Stevie Wonder wouldn't be caught dead wearing.

Not to say that everything is gaudy. The Undergear collection in the middle of the catalog is always hot to look at. If anyone is thinking of something to buy for this Daddy, the Undergear tank in Medium on page 35 would bring him a smile.

So guys, don't spend your hard earned money on something that you will eventually throw away. Picture yourself in the garment before purchasing. And don't always listen to Carson, the fashion queen on "Queer Eye". Trouser pleats are slimming.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yea, I have to admit that I have purchased some IM stuff that I lived to regret. But thanks for the pointers. I won't make the same costly mistake twice.