“Few New Zealand men seem to enjoy an engagement with clothes at any level beyond the practical. Few enjoy clothes shopping and a surprisingly high number have their clothes bought for them, first by their mothers and then by their wives. Left alone, most men struggle to understand both size and fit. Men seldom understand the importance of clothes in the workplace, or the degree to which first impressions count. Kiwi men seldom take advantage of the ability of clothing to disguise faults or to enhance natural attributes.”
So says Douglas Lloyd Jenkins in the 19 September issue of the Listener. His argument – Kiwi men are so afraid of being tarred with the Gay brush that they shy away from any clothing choices that might be considered in the slightest bit ‘poofterish’. You know, colours other than black, grey, brown or blue; floral prints; suits that fit well; shorts that weren’t meant for surfing; good shoes etc etc.
So let’s discuss it.
Is Douglas Lloyd Jenkins right? Do New Zealand men dress badly?
Are New Zealand men really so afraid of people thinking they’re gay if they dress well?
Do girls think well dressed guys are gay-looking?
Is it the fault of our chain store retailers for not selling better clothes?
Do we need a menswear specific fashion magazine to show New Zealand men how to dress?
How can the average New Zealand man dress better?
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