* This article was originally written for Yahoo! - and the best part of this article is the comments that I got from it. All these defensive men trying to defend their taste - or the lack of it. Enjoy!
We’re sure Singaporean men are good at a lot of things – being dads, filing taxes, figuring out which LAN gaming centre gives the best bang for the buck… But there are some things, however, that Singaporean men are infamously bad at, and the evidence is easily apparent: their sense of style – or the lack of it.
Mostly, the Singaporean fashion crimes are most guilty of are:
1. Absence of the The Right Fit
Singaporean men are not the only culprits – a lot of men take a good, heaven-sent attribute, like the fit of clothes, and exaggerate it to preposterous proportions. On top of the fact that they’ve decided their shirt tails should hang out, they’ve also picked a shirt big enough for two people to sleep in.
How many times have you seen a man sashaying down Orchard Road in a pair of skinny jeans so tight you could name his man bits? Or the opposite end of the spectrum, with men who look like they’re not wearing shirts, but instead, a short dress paparazzi-flashing Lindsay Lohan would approve?
Do these guys a favour if you’re friends with them – help them buy something in their size.
2. Collar Popping
Here’s the truth: you do not look cool with your collars popped. You look like an overgrown frat boy who’s trying too hard to get laid. This collar-popping phenomenon started in 1929 when René Lacoste, the French seven-time Grand Slam champion, designed a cotton shirt that he would wear with its collar turned up to block the sun from his neck when playing tennis. In a time where sunblock is available at Watson’s for $5.90, you don’t need to pop your collar to block the sun.
Correcting the crime: Pop their collar down before they head out the door.
3. Wearing sunglasses indoors or at night
Comedian Larry David put it best… "You know who wears sunglasses inside? Blind people and assh*les." Unfortunately, a lot of Singaporean men do that. Whether it’s just simple laziness of putting back your sunnies where it belongs, or feeble attempt at looking cool, wearing sunglasses indoors or at night is probably one of the most wrist-slitting fashion mistakes you can make. And it’s so simply not to do it.
4. Carrying women’s bags
There is a line between being gentlemanly, and being completely stupid. Carrying your wife’s or your girlfriend’s $4,000 Chanel bag that you’ve paid for on her birthday falls into the latter category. Carry her shopping bags, open doors for her, but draw the line at carrying her designer handbag.
5. Sports jerseys
We understand your undying passion for Manchester United Football Club, we just don’t understand why you have to declare that love all the time. There are a lot of other things you can wear – like t-shirts, or shirts that are not scarlet red and emblazoned with the logo of a multi-billion dollar insurance company. If somebody’s advertising is on you, it only makes sense to have them pay you, not the other way around.
While the Don Drapers in this world are few and far between, those who want to take sensible fashion pointers can turn to the inaugural Singapore Men’s Fashion Week 2011. The five-day men’s fashion event will showcase the Autumn/Winter 2011 collections of up to 15 renowned brands; to date, the labels that will be rocking the runway include Boss Black by Hugo Boss, Canali, Dress Camp, Emmanuel, Etro, G.I.L. Homme, Raoul, Shanghai Tang and Versace.