January 6, 2010  ·  style

R.I.P. Workwear Trend, 2006-2009

Fashion trends don't usually die of natural causes; they tend to be killed off by overexposure. Added to an otherwise contemporary wardrobe, the chambray work shirt works by adding a bit of retro flavour. The problem is that the hipsters didn't stop there; they layered it with heaps of plaid and wool flannel and cardboard-textured denim and (this is the worst part) stopped shaving. This doesn't turn a coffee-shop neo-hippie into Joe Working Man; it reads as a costume and an awkward one at that.

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