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The Working Man: Metrosexual No More

by Rachel Yeomans | January 9th, 2014   

Remember when the term “metrosexual” came out in 2003? The New York Times wrote an article in its Sunday Styles section with the headline “Metrosexuals Come Out” and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy became a television hit. Fast forward and here we are in 2014 and the New York Times wrote a new article. The article declared that the term metrosexual and men’s fashion in general is no longer associated with the gay community. Yes, fashionable men can live among us without gelled hair and paisley button-downs.

Granted, most gay men will probably continue to dress even more impeccably than some women (my gay guy friends will nod enthusiastically at this statement), but that doesn’t leave straight men in the lurch. One of the turning points was the launch of Mr. Porter in 2011, the male version of the popular e-commerce site Net-a-Porter. And honestly, I prefer Mr. Porter for its magazine and interviews. I still have the Simon Pegg interview from its Journal bookmarked.

simon pegg mr porter The Working Man: Metrosexual No More

There is also the spotlight on fashionable straight men getting lots of action with the TV series Mad Men. Lots of signs that fashion and feminism don’t always go hand in hand wouldn’t you say?

This Monday’s New York Times article declared:

But as the new men’s wear fashion season opened in London this week no one is expecting that faintly girly look with a wisp (or a whisper) of bisexuality is going to dominate the runways.

In fact, the opposite is true: A sporty, tough-guy style, with a square-cut sweater to emphasize a burly body, biceps and square shoulders, is much more in tune with today. Farewell, Brad Pitt! Hello, Kanye West!

Here are some images from the Spring 2014 menswear runway shows to back up that statement.

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Christopher Shannon Spring 2014 Runways - NYmag.com

Burberry mens 2014 runway The Working Man: Metrosexual No More

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 Runways - NYmag.com

rag bone spring 2014 The Working Man: Metrosexual No More

rag & bone Spring 2014 Runways - NYmag.com

So men who just want to “look good” rejoice! The likelihood of being labeled for bringing fashion into your wardrobe has just gone down another peg. See you in the street style section!