Put This On

For someone who dresses as carelessly as I do, I spend an awful lot of time talking, mostly to myself, about fashion. I actually aspire to fashion greatness, but in a sort of hopeless mournful way.

And as my body sags evermore toward death, I’m finding the possibilities receding into the impossible future.

Take my midriff, for example: I’ve got no idea what’s going on there. But I’m finding it more and more of a challenge to find ways of aligning everything and also keeping my trousers up. To say nothing of the constant challenges of remembering to do up my fly (suddenly, about 5 years ago, I lost the muscle memory for this and it’s now necessarily a deliberate act).

All of which leaves me appreciating the video series Put This On all the more.

Hosted by Jesse Thorn (The Sound of Young America), it’s “a web series about dressing like a grownup.” And while I’m not sure could ever adopt the Put This On worldview completely – I am never going to have enough time in the morning to shave four times with a safety razor – I do find the discussions of things like how to get clothes that fit your body shape very useful. Even if I’m not going looking for a jacket and tie any time soon.


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