Withering Glance: Falling out of love with fall fashion

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 4, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Shoppers browse racks at Phillip Lim's Target collection launch event on the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Sept. 5, 2013. Fashion week runs through Sept. 12.

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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.


CP: Orange, they say, is big for fall. Yet I don’t see it filling your closet, or mine.


RN: I’ve exercised some rare self-discipline and have expunged it from my wardrobe. After all these years I’ve finally come to the realization that it’s no color for the Pasty Bald White Guy tribe.


CP: The rut I am in, fashionwise, is deep and abiding.


RN: Join the club. I was this close to buying a sort-of fall, sort-of winter coat the other day, only to realize that I already owned four near carbon copies of it. That’s no rut, that’s full-on canyon territory.


CP: The interest is there for me, but not the actual go-out-and-shop zeal. Should I blame myself, or have menswear designers failed to entice us with anything new and interesting?


RN: Don’t hit me, but perhaps our ages have something to do with it. We’re both on the wrong side of the coveted 25-49 demographic, meaning that we no longer reside within the orbit of most designers and retailers.


CP: Thanks for the reminder. It’s enough to make me give up and just go in for sports-logo-themed outfits from head to toe.


RN: If you do, and I see you in public, I’m going to pretend that you’re a stranger. Please don’t take it personally.


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