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August 19, 2008

Madras Makes Your Eyes Bleed

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Etiquette,Men's Fashion,Shirts,Suits,Ties — Izzy @ 6:45 am

madras nightmare

A little while back, the folks at Kempt analyzed the ultra-preppy style of Southampton, New York.  No doubt schooled at a radical madras-a, these men are in effect saying, “I’m so rich I can buy a hideous jacket I wear once a year as a joke.”  But even worse is the implied incivility: by wearing such obnoxious jackets, paired with clashing bow ties no less, the men are showing little concern for the eyeballs of anyone else.


  1. At least the woman can smile, secure in the knowledge that she is a model of elegance and propriety compared to the men in the photo with her.

    Comment by Annalucia — August 19, 2008 @ 9:48 am

  2. Isn’t there something wrong with rich men mocking the homeless and mentally fragile? And don’t they have significant others that won’t let them out of the house unless decently clad? If they don’t, I am available with a really great pre-nup.

    Comment by Jennie — August 19, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

  3. It’s a pity that a perfectly decent Indian fabric has somehow become shorthand for “poor taste.”

    Madras is supposed to be colourful. It’s not as if they were wearing tartan tuxedos – and yes, I have seen a man wearing a red tartan tuxedo. It was – arresting.

    Comment by La BellaDonna — August 29, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  4. There’s nothing wrong with the guy on the left, his jacket and bowtie compliment each other. The chap on the right needs a different tie, probably a quiet navy bowtie. As far as being offended by their jackets…get over it. Properly worn, Madras is a beautiful thing. Especially bleeding Madras.

    The guy on the right does need a new tie. Good Lord, he screams “Yuppie!”.

    Comment by Chip — September 14, 2008 @ 4:09 am

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