A new fashion trend is sweeping the nation, and if you don’t agree it’s the greatest thing since leisure suits, you’re a sexist and a misogynist.
Hot on the tail of the RompHim, a streetwear brand has introduced a line of pastel, see-through lace shorts and button-downs just for men. And if you think they look dumb, the social-justice crowd says, you’re basically intolerant.
The outfit, created by the designer Hoza Rodriguez under the Hologram City brand and on pre-sale for just under $100 a set, comes in pistachio, pink, baby blue, violet and yellow. The collar and white belt are the least see-through part of the ensemble, tightie-whities peeking through the lace.
But if you don’t like your men in pastel lace daywear, you’re actually incredibly problematic, others have suggested. In Allure, writer Crystal Tate praised the shorts, interpreting them as a sign that society is one step closer to breaking gendered strangleholds on fashion. And at Bustle, writer Amanda Richards notes that pastel lace shorts aren’t a women’s fashion trend. This look was designed first and foremost with men in mind.
What kind of “men” were the designers imagining? Le Cage Au Folles “men” or Barack Obama “men?”