I came across this reaction to Joseph Abboud’s piece on the skinny suit. He writes:

On the other hand, if wearing a skinny suit is a conscious decision then let him wear the skinny suit. If he prefers to have his trousers cuffed above his ankles then so be it. That’s what floats his boat. Fashion gets a bad reputation for “outlandish” and “over-the-top” looks that deem designers unprofitable (even if they’re revered for their vision and craft.) We get critiqued and criticized for what we wear even if were photographed for GQ’s street style. Fashion is objective. There are no right or wrong answers, there are just outfits that are on par and then ways to make it look better. Placing a big, fat N-O on one’s sartorial decisions should be rule number one of “what not to do in fashion.” Feel free to throw shade, but nothing is gospel here. What is terrible today is a trend tomorrow.

First of all a skinny suit is different from other design elements like cuffing it above the ankles because the former actually restricts movement whereas the latter does not. I’m glad the author of this piece mentioned GQ because if you’ve been paying attention to their style editorial lately it’s overly slim; in other words they are skinny. Anything that is cut too close to the body will be hard to move in and that simply does not make any sense no matter what perspective you’re coming from. There is only one right answer: people should be able to move in their clothes, period.

On the topic of trends, Abboud went to town about the shrunken suit, use of several colors, and wearing kilts. His critique of the three is unfair. These are the menswear trends of today where all other trends fall under those umbrellas in some way, shape, form, or aesthetic. These three trends are why menswear is still the hottest growing segment of the fashion industry (well, that and the skinny suit). These are the things that men are sold on, and feel okay about wearing after years of convincing. Abboud’s opinions on the matter set men back. This way of thinking is why men never took an interest in their appearance out of fear of being called a sissy, girly, or just vain. On one hand, caring about your appearance is important, but on the other hand you only have to look a certain way or else you’ll look stupid. How can that mindset motivate a man to upgrading his style?

We must remember that trends are manufactured because designers and brands need to sell their wares. It’s up to us to choose what fits the aesthetic we are looking for and the lifestyle we have. It’s perfectly all right to embrace color yet shun the skinny suit. You don’t have to adopt a trend if it doesn’t make sense to you.

Let’s face it: no one wants to look stupid. I am personally motivated to upgrade my style because I don’t want to look stupid. Looking a certain way is enough motivation for me to upgrade my style. And I’d like to believe the same goes for many men out there.

Men should not be chastised for being confident enough to make daring style choices. The men’s fashion segment is growing, and it’s growing because the same old, tired, menswear of yesteryear is gone. Today there is progress, something new and fresh, something to look forward to, and men are enjoying themselves. Men are finally having fun playing dress up. Don’t spoil it for us. Abboud joked about how he should not be able to read an American Express card number through one’s trousers. Coincidentally, the same man he’ll sneer at for his fit will get photographed and praised by The Sartorialist. To each his own I guess.

For the last couple of years all the tailored trousers I’ve been wearing were flat front because that was the trend. But recently I’ve added single pleats to them because they’re much more comfortable when walking, sitting and standing. I’m done with the phase of “having fun playing dress up” and following trends. The menswear of yester-yesteryear never left and I’m glad that guys like Joseph Abboud have shun the skinny suit. Trends will always come and go but there’s a reason why the classics never go out of style: they simply made more sense.