“I know I look like a wanker. I enjoy looking like a wanker. Looking like a wanker is a basic human right and a huge part of having a signature style. I have always looked like a wanker. I looked like a wanker when I wore plaid bondage outfits in 1978. I looked like a wanker when I dressed like a pirate during the early-’80s New Romantic era. I am sure I will die looking like a wanker. I never subscribed to the idea of good taste: It’s a subjective concept promoted by fashion scribes to oppress the rest of us. Dressing age-inappropriately is, so they say, in poor taste, and it’s vulgar. This is exactly why I celebrate it.” Simon Doonan wrote an enjoyable counterpoint to articles (and, um, websites) that advise people to dress tastefully and age appropriately.
Slate says Cary Grant’s sunglasses in North by Northwest are the coolest item of clothing ever.
Dana Stevens of Slate:
Your Flip-Flops Are Grossing Me Out
They’re unsightly, unhygienic, and unfit for public display.

Dana Stevens of Slate:

Your Flip-Flops Are Grossing Me Out

They’re unsightly, unhygienic, and unfit for public display.

“These aren’t just shirts; they’re vehicles of self-mortification, sackcloth and ashes adorned with stripes and spread collars.” — Slate’s Daniel Akst gets non-iron shirts right.

Our pal Rob Walker from Murketing wrote a fascinating piece in Slate about the profusion of Japan-relief products that popped up in the wake of the disasters there.