Rarely does TopShop do anything egregiously wrong — on the women’s side of its operation, at least. But on the men’s side? Well, there’s a reason why TopMan is lagging far behind its female counterpart in sales and hype. You can see what I mean by taking a look at TopMan’s latest offerings — a smattering of ’80s-inspired jam shorts and football tops styled in the most incomprehensible ways. It’s not simply that the clothes themselves are unfortunate — it’s that TopMan seems to think that its clients want to model themselves after nerdy gradeschoolers. As far as I can tell, that’s not a recipe for success. But go ahead, take a look for yourself and tell us what you think.
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One of Topman’s Ts suggests domestic violence with the words up top, “I’m so sorry but …” and then a checklist of excuses like “you provoked me,” “I was drunk,” and “I didn’t mean it.” Ick, right? The other, which you can see after the jump, makes a crack that the “ugly women are dogs” thing with the phrase, “Nice new girlfriend: what breed is she?” Double-ick. Keep reading »
In recent years, men have upped their co-optation of certain “feminine” styles (although to be fair, the ladies have done the the same!). Some of these trends thankfully fade into obscurity (see the murse, the kilt/man skirt/murt business). Others have become mainstays of men’s fashion (scarves, skinny jeans), “acceptable” in most circles, and even more so if you happen to travel to Europe. A new limited-edition collection by Topman is bringing the cowl neck to men’s shirts, an embellishment that belongs more to the likes of JWoww and Lauren Conrad. We haven’t seen dudes rock this look yet, but wouldn’t put it past Topshop trendsetters to make it a thing next season. What do you think of the cowl neck style for guys? Refined? Unsightly? Does it matter? [via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »