You're Grown. Why Can I See Your Underwear?

It's time for men of a certain age to wear clothing that fits, writes Jamilah Lemieux at Clutch magazine.

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Writer Jamilah Lemieux would prefer not to see your pants sagging off your behind. Writing at Clutch magazine, Lemieux complains about grown men who do not seem to have wardrobes that correspond with their age. 

There's no universal standard of style that all men or women can be held to, nor do I advocate for one. But I am one of many women who is getting a bit tired of seeing men over the age of 21 (and especially over 25) who dress like teenagers. Rocking "urban wear" is one thing (btw -- I hate that term; just the fashion industry's way of saying 'Black people sh*t' without saying it), but showing everybody on the block your Polo boxers? Or, worse, your worn-out tighty formerly whiteys? Come on, son.

I see far too many men in my peer group who seem to have some sort of major opposition to adult clothes. You never see them in anything but basketball sneakers or Timbs, regardless of season. If you're going to a sports bar or to Applebees, then fine; but you can't pull out the hard bottoms for a nice dinner? Or even a pair of dark-colored sneakers that resemble dress shoes?

Call me stuck up if you want to, wont be the first time. But my soul weeps every time I see some 30-year-old brother with braids, a hoodie and some Jordan 11s on a date with a woman who's dressed to the nines. We know that you fellas put a lot of effort into these outfits, but spending a significant amount of money on a getup doesn't make it event appropriate. And while I understand that eschewing 'traditional' clothes is one way that some brothers give the middle finger to the proverbial 'establishment' ... if you aren't ready to be a full-out ex-pat or to reject capitalism all together, you aren't really saying that much, homey. Your rebellion is but a mere blip on the radar, if that.

Read Jamilah Lemieux's entire article at Clutch magazine.  

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