recently Kyle mentioned in the comments about a post i wrote back in Dec 2006. i think it was one of the most popular posts on the old blog last time i checked. here’s a repost for all those that missed it.
if you live in NYC, and go out, you’re bound to run into bridge + tunnel peoples, many of which are guidos. no disrepect to them, it’s just a fact. I’ve been fascinated by guido style ever since I first got to NYC. Rooted in Z. Cavaricci and Guess, guido-style has evolved into the ultimate club/business attire. One trend over the last 10 years has been the emphasis change to the shirt rather than the pants (the converse epitomized by the infamous 100-belt loop Zs). And the major development within in this shift has been the striped shirt. I know, the whole striped shirt thing is old news, but I’m here to give you a recap and an overview of current trends I’ve been observing.
first up, the old staples. striped shirt and the solid black shirt. what can be considered work wear transforms into instant club gear by unbuttoning the top buttons and buying a size down. however, the subtle shift from black to stripe was a strong statement. rather than the black of scarface and mobsters, the striped shirt subtlely spoke “I have a job, I might work in finance.”
certain money-making Gs create a new social strata with the “I Make More Money” striped shirt variation first worn by 80s CEO.
marking a more universal, casual, peaceful vibe, Gs start rocking the colorful wide stripe shirt. somehow the spread collar becomes the norm. the striped shirt backlash begins.
one apocalyptic G enters a Paul Smith store and discovers the loud multi-striped shirt favored by Chelsea locals. this style catches on quickly but dies during one summer when the Gs found out mo’s were the first to rock this style.
these guys just can’t give up the striped shirt. however certain creative Gs start rocking the incredibly ugly diagonal striped shirt. the variation caught on and offered striped shirters a whole new wardrobe category. Hilfiger and Kenneth Cole’s stocks rise 12% on news of this development. this is called “flipping it.”
this is where we are at currently. double, crossing, diagonal stripes. this is what they call “next level”
another hot guido trend…
being HHHHUUUUGGGGE! genetically huge is so in right now. jacked gym dudes are just posing.
one trend that will never die….