Tuesday 16 January 2018

Middle-aged men – embrace Normcore

Stiller in 'Zoolander'
Stiller in 'Zoolander'
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Getting old is not just about not following cutting-edge fashions any more.

No one in their right mind follows cutting-edge fashions any more. You know you are truly old when you don't even understand the cutting edge any more. That's when you can truly settle back in the easy chair and give up.

But I'm not quite ready to give up yet, so I was delighted to note the emergence of "normcore". You don't know what normcore is? For me, it's the most interesting fashion moment since the heyday of man repeller. Man repeller, championing the wearing of Diane Keaton-style unsexy clothes, was the last big thing, defined as "she who outfits herself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include, but are not limited to, harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls, shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewellery that resembles violent weaponry and clogs".

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