Month: September 2012

Dear Cougar: Should You Cuff Your Dress Pants? A Response to GQ’s Return of the Cuff

Please leave your questions for Dear Cougar in the comment section below, or feel free to email me at cougar@leftcoastfashion.com

The shoes are the only thing right about this picture…

This isn’t so much a “Dear Cougar” as it is Cougar completely disagreeing with the men’s fashion bible otherwise known as GQ, and wanting to educate you on why they are wrong.

Fashion is subjective, right? No, there is good taste and there is bad taste. That’s why there are “taste makers” and that is why you follow Left Coast Fashion in the first place. Anyway, in the September issue of GQ they endorse the “Return of the Cuff.”

That’s right, cuffs are back, and this season you should add them to every suit pant, flannel, cord, and khaki in your new fall wardrobe. Cuffs anchor your pants so they hang stylishly straight while also adding a subtle hint of character. Tell your tailor to give you an inch and a half of cuff, and get him to hem your pants a good half inch above your shoes to show some sock.

WRONG. “Subtle hint of character.” Um, if the character you’re referring to is Kramer from Seinfeld…by all means. Add an INCH and a HALF of cuff? Seriously, that’s like building a retainer wall at the bottom of your pant leg. “Hem your pants a good half inch above your shoes to show some sock.” Yes, please Mr. Tailor…please prepare my expensive dress pants for the high waters of the coming flood. So stylish!

Cuffs don’t go with flat front pants. Cuffs make you look shorter. Cuffs were essentially added to pants to add weight to the pant leg and make the pleat stand out more. If you’re still wearing pleated pants after 1989, there is little I can do for you.

Oh, uh, it’s the pleats… the pleats in the pants. It’s an optical illusion.

I’m sorry Jim Moore and GQ, but you are wrong. Stop trying to send your readers backward in time to the not-so-golden area of pleats, oxfords, loafers and the piano key neck tie. It just ain’t right!

– Cougar

 

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LCF Fashion Ticker: Thursday

LCF Fashion Ticker is the hottest stories from around the fashion world, and what you’re missing (so far) if your alarm resides in Pacific Standard Time:

Paris Fashion Week 2013: At Mugler, a Lady Gaga First [LA Times]

Into the Woods with Balenciaga [NY Times]

Have Lady Gaga’s Underwear Pics Made You Love Your Lumpy, Misshapen Body Yet? [The Cut]

Kristen Stewart Poses At Paris Fashion Week Amidst Reconciliation Rumors [HuffPo]

Fashion For Grown Ups at Rue du Mail [Yahoo! News]

LCF Fashion Ticker: Wednesday

LCF Fashion Ticker is the hottest stories from around the fashion world, and what you’re missing (so far) if your alarm resides in Pacific Standard Time:

LA Fashion: Red Carpet Style Gets Filtered Into West Coast Fashion [HuffPo]

Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 Trends Round-Up [Telegraph UK]

Victoria’s Secret Under Fire for ‘Sexy Little Geisha’ Outfit [Yahoo! News]

Kristen Bell, Nia Long & Zachary Abel Make Rom-Com for Target [ELLE]

Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger & Rebecca Minkoff Talk First Ladies & The Power of Fashion [ELLE]

Kelly Osbourne Got a $250K Pre-Emmy Manicure [The Cut]

NEW WEEKND TRACK!! Wiz Khalifa f. The Weeknd – Remember You

BOOM!

Just made my day. This cut off Wiz Khalifa’s upcoming O.N.I.F.C. just leaked, and I’m loving it.

For those of you who haven’t followed LCF for very long, The Weeknd is one of my absolute favorite artists and I geek whenever something drops, even a feature. Catch it here:

LCF Fashion Ticker: Tuesday

LCF Fashion Ticker is the hottest stories from around the fashion world, and what you’re missing (so far) if your alarm resides in Pacific Standard Time:

Show Behind Iconic Clock-Face Starts Paris Fashion Week [Washington Post]

Jill Stuart Collaborating with K-Pop Phenomenon Psy on Gangnam Style Line [Fashionista]

Milan Fashion Opts for Light, Timeless and Wearable [Reuters]

Fast Forward to the Fierce ’90s [NY Times]

Derek Lam Tapped Next for Kohl’s Designer Program [FabSugar]

The 2012 Emmys Red Carpet, Condensed Into Less Than Two Minutes [The Cut]

Question of the Week

If you could go back and tell your five-year-old self what they should be when they grow up, what would you say?

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I would have told five-year-old Coug to be on TV because everyone would love him!

– Cougar

LCF Fashion Ticker: Monday

LCF Fashion Ticker is the hottest stories from around the fashion world, and what you’re missing (so far) if your alarm resides in Pacific Standard Time:

Emmys Fashion Trend: Claire Danes, Julianne Moore Don’t Hold the Mustard [E!]

Emmy Awards Fashion 2012: Best-Dressed and Hottest Trends [CBS News]

Emmy Awards fashion: Stars Dazzle, Take Risks on Red Carpet [CBS News]

Kanye West Won’t Show a Collection This Season [The Cut]

Pregnant model Raffaella Fico Struts Down Milan Fashion Week Runway [NY Daily News]

Victoria Beckham Gains 57,000 Twitter Followers During NY Fashion Week [News Track India]

Getting Some Air in Milan [NY Times]

TGIF: A Gorgeous Way to End the Summer (Sale Alert)

Stunning.

My friend Alison is incredibly stunning. She plays off in the waves of Lake Michigan or in the shadows of the hottest Chicago clubs, and I get updated with these pictures of perfection and loving life.

I told Alison that my readership would love this dress and she clued me in on where to find…can you guess?

BCBG. And guess what again…

It’s on SALE.

Known as the Sahale Asymmetrical Halter Dress. Perfect to squeeze the best out of those last summer nights, the dress drips with radiance, shimmer and sex appeal.

Just make sure that if you’re going to do it, do it right. See picture above if you need inspiration.

LCF Fashion Ticker: TGIF

LCF Fashion Ticker is the hottest stories from around the fashion world, and what you’re missing (so far) if your alarm resides in Pacific Standard Time:

Valentino’s New York City Ballet Costumes Take to the Stage [Telegraph UK]

Kim Kardashian’s Bodycon McQueen Dress [E!]

Amanda Bynes Wants to Start a Fashion Line [LA Times]

Miuccia Prada and Emporio Armani: Milan Spring 2013 Collections [Daily Beast]

Betsey Johnson’s Daughter Lulu Is Launching Her Own Line [Racked]

Caramel and Cream at Emporio Armani [Yahoo! News]

Beyoncé’s Red Oscar de la Renta Dress Looks Familiar [Fashionista]

Dear Cougar: John’s Obsession with John

Please leave your questions for Dear Cougar in the comment section below, or feel free to email me at cougar@leftcoastfashion.com

DEAR COUGAR: My boyfriend and I have been together for six years. We finally moved in together a year ago. Things have been going pretty well, with the exception of an unusual habit of his that has become more evident since living together. He spends anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 1/2 hours in the bathroom every day. A couple of times he has even fallen asleep in there.

He takes his computer in the bathroom because he claims he gets a lot of work done. Some days I barely get to see him because he works late and then spends the rest of the day you-know-where.

I have told him more than once how much it bothers me, but he continues to do it. It’s driving a wedge between us. Am I overreacting? Is he purposely trying to put space between us? — Tired of Watching the Throne

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Dear Watching the Throne:

Not going to lie, picturing you going about whatever it is you do, with him just sitting in the bathroom doing whatever it is he’s doing. Hilarious.

You mean to tell me in six years you still haven’t figured this mega mystery out? If this is what’s driving a wedge between you I think you have much bigger issues to tackle.

Normally I would say, “a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do,” but let me break it down for you. Your guy is:

A. Escaping you.

B. Has IBS.

C. Play World of Warcraft and/or watching copious amounts of porn.

D. All of the Above.

None of these answers are good, but one of them is probably right. Bust down the door. Who cares if it starts an argument. Either you talk to him about it and find out what is up, or confront the issue head on and see for yourself what is up.

I suggest going in with nose clips on just in case.

– Cougar

You can read Dear Abby’s way boring answer to the original question here.