The following is taken from our July 4th member email.
Everything’s retro these days, from cassette-only music labels to 1990s-era adjustable ball caps. Not every item from history, however, deserves a comeback. Here are four fashions from America’s past that we’re better off never seeing again.
The style, color, and size of the colonial gentleman’s wig indicated wealth and social standing. But status came at a price: Wigs were incredibly uncomfortable, in no small part because they attracted a host of insects including the infamous “wig weevil.”
Early American gentlemen found their gloves nearly impossible to keep clean, what with constantly throwing them on the ground to challenge people to duels. We modern guys, of course, have developed more civilized ways to settle our differences, like anonymous online message boards.
Popularized by Pilgrims, square-toed shoes survive to this day—only without those humongous buckles, and despite their tendency to make a gentleman’s stride resemble a duck’s waddle. Luckily, there’s no shortage of options for more flattering footwear.
We totally get it: Cargo pants are comfortable and offer plenty of storage space. Unfortunately, their sheer bulk adds on pounds and creates an untidy appearance. Unless you’re in the bush hunting big game, we suggest a better-fitting trouser.