Clothing: general

postings about clothing, other than shirtlessness and underwear (for which there are separate Pages)

The bulk of these entries (marked off here by a row of five asterisks at beginning and end) were composed by Kim Darnell


4/19/11: Basket : moose knuckle :: butt : ?: Basket : moose knuckle :: butt : ?

Pondering on what to call the display of a decidedly masculine butt, inspired by images by Tom of Finland

4/24/11: Check your iPho: Check your iPho

Some silliness for a Sunday morning: iPho t-shirts

5/5/11: Comic reporting: Comic reporting

In the May 2 New Yorker, Tad Friend achieves the classic tone of Talk of the Town reporting in the magazine, in his piece “Clothes Horse” about director Paul Feig

6/2/11: The t-shirt watch: The t-shirt watch

Two humorous t-shirts: A gun-wielding Bad Panda and a laurel-wreath clad Emperor Penguin

5/19/12: New words from John Waters: New words from John Waters

Exploring the lexical innovations of trendsexual, meaning “(s)omeone whose sexuality is whatever the trendy sexuality is,” and blouse, meaning “a feminine top”

11/8/12: Toga toga toga!: Toga toga toga!

From an ad for loungewear that looks like it’s intended for rentboys in a male brothel to a discussion of media that focus on male prostitutes

12/1/12: Brief mention: the chamois shirt: Brief mention: the chamois shirt

On the broadening of the meaning of chamois to include not only a specific type of leather but fabrics that share the leather’s texture

3/14/13: soft/hard: soft/hard

Following up on a link provided by Jodie Lane on Facebook, commentary on the Flaccid–Erect Gallery, which includes images and discussion of soft and hard penises

3/21/13: dress left/right: dress left/right

Some thoughts on how men discuss where they put their penises when wearing pants, including opinions about what is “natural”

3/29/13: Crimplene: Crimplene

When viewed through a modern lens, the “fashions” made from Crimplene, a popular British ‘wash and wear’ fabric from the 50s and 60s, are far more amusing than they are trendy

3/29/13: Colored bottoms: Colored bottoms

Although many Black people find the term “colored” offensive, many young White people think the use of the term as a racial label is obsolete, leading to potentially controversial ad copy for clothing

4/9/13: pinnies: pinnies

A modern twist on pinafore, a pinnie is a reversible sports shirt similar to a scrimmage shirt

4/17/13: Penguins and tuxedos: Penguins and tuxedos

It takes an amazing amount of cultural knowledge to appreciate the included Bizarro cartoon about penguins enjoying casual Friday

4/23/13: More news for penises: More news for penises

From $150 penis-print leggings to human-sized penis mascots for safe sex to squeezable, penis shaped stress-busting toys, there news is full of humorous, penis-related news

4/26/13: On the porn watch: from facial hair to sex in suits: On the porn watch: from facial hair to sex in suits

An overview of a handful of AZBlogX posts about facial hair, skin color contrasts, and business suits in recent gay porn releases (… yes, I went there)

6/21/13: Packages in jeans: Packages in jeans

A collection of photos with men displaying blue jeans with well-filled fronts, along with some commentary and links to related posts

7/11/13: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”

The video for this pop summer hit has drawn criticism for the woman-objectifying visuals and the   rape-encouraging lyrics

8/2/13: Zippyrefs: Zippyrefs

Zippy brings together sandals, the verb “eschew,” Hammonasset Beach State Park, and the 60s band the Barbarians

9/18/13: AZBlogX: rear view, full frontal, harnesses: AZBlogX: rear view, full frontal, harnesses

A summary and links for recent AZBlogX posts on butts, penises, and leather harnesses

9/19/13: Miscellany for 9/19/13: Miscellany for 9/19/13

Quick coverage of 12 conceptually disconnected blips on the AMZ radar, including addenda to several recent posts

10/15/13: Yet another -kini: Yet another -kini

Some images and thoughts about the face-kini, a recent mask-like addition to Chinese beachwear

10/29/13: More bottoms and tops: More bottoms and tops

Buy a bottom, get a top: 50% off!

12/19/13: More Santa skin: More Santa skin

Santa zentai. Creepy.

3/5/14: Eleganza: Eleganza

A grab-bag of Zippy puns centered around the Eleganza 70s clothing line

4/28/14: Zippy on sleep, and more: Zippy on sleep, and more

Zippy brings together rolltops, Flappy Bird, Judge Judy, the Amherst Diner, country ham, and beaten biscuits

7/6/14: Cartooning at the diner: Cartooning at the diner

Zippy and Griffy’s unexpected trip through cartooning styles of the 20th century leads to some thoughts about Mountain View pre-fab diners, the 1961 Mercury Comet, and pub names

8/20/14: The mysteries of desire: The mysteries of desire

In an excerpt from Life in Hell, Jeff and Akbar try to have a conversation about arousal, but only their fezzes get excited about it

1/27/15: Snidely Whiplash: Snidely Whiplash

The cartoon villain Snidely Whiplash has a sidekick who wears a knit snow hat, or a tuque

2/20/15: The penguin of happiness: The penguin of happiness

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a penguin and that’s pretty much the same thing”

4/8/15: More pairings on AZBlogX: More pairings on AZBlogX

Pairs of contrasting sexy images, mostly of men, from the AZBlogX

4/15/15: The panda shirt: The panda shirt

For two friends who have the panda as their totem animal, a t-shirt that says, “Trust me, I’m a panda”

11/17/15: Novelty ties: Novelty ties

A colorful Ferragamo ad in the New York Times inspires some discussion of novelty and vintage ties

12/20/15: Odds and ends 12/20/15: Odds and ends 12/20/15

Some cheerful cartoons of a Seussian Christmas tree trimmed with green eggs and ham and a hipster beard trimmed with Christmas ornaments lead to a series of images related to Arab characters in gay porn

12/24/15: More harnesses: More harnesses

A sexy image of porn star Damien Crosse in a black leather shoulder harness leads to more images of harnesses for work and play, along with several types of leather fetish wear

2/2/16: A visit with Colby Keller: A visit with Colby Keller

A variety of images of the playful male porn star Colby Keller, including casual photos, drawings, and displays of eclectic fashion

3/12/16: Fruit loops: Fruit loops

A loopy ride from the deceptively named Froot Loops cereal to the term “fruit loop” as a label for a mental illness to the locker loops on the backs of men’s button-down shirts to the antigay slur “fruit”

3/13/16 Social meanings of clothes: Social meanings of clothes

From Ivy League shirts to hoodies, different people see different social meanings for the same clothing, these perceptions of social meaning vary with context, and these perceptions of social meaning change over time

6/14/16: Most unusual ties: Most unusual ties

Steven Levine has some culturally amazing and amusing neckties!

6/19/16: Morning name: at Carnival, with a trumpet, in a tricorn: Morning name: at Carnival, with a trumpet, in a tricorn

The Carnival of Venice has inspired several pieces of music, as well as a variety of colorful and amazing costumes

7/6/16: Dress for performance and publicity: Dress for performance and publicity

Explorations in the way musicians present themselves in performance and publicity, especially through their clothing

10/17/16: More Zwicky postings: More Zwicky postings

An assortment of Zwickys, including mediocre Swiss muesli, a fanciful derivation of the surname (on a t-shirt), a low-budget mystery film, a Quebec eco-activist, and a cheesemaker in the Big Apple

10/22/16: Paisley days: Paisley days

Some lovely and colorful paisley ties from AMZ’s personal collection

10/23/16: One more remarkable tie: One more remarkable tie

Steven Levine shares a “late 40s tie with a print of workers sitting in a tree, each sawing off the very branch upon which they are sitting’

11/8/16: In a penguin suit: In a penguin suit

A cartoon play on the notion that tuxedos are “penguin suits” with a penguin selecting something to wear from five identical, tuxedo-like choices

12/14/16: Crotch news bulletins: Crotch news bulletins

Two news items about men’s junk: a Guardian story about the mammalian penis bone, and its lack in human beings; and an ad for a new line of quirky men’s underwear, Eletrunks

12/16/16: Gay Santas 2016: Gay Santas 2016

Five images of gay Santas, including Lee Tucker as Dapper Santa, a purple behatted Otter Santa, a ripped gogovi Glitter Santa, a randy Santa Daddy, and Bottom Santa trying to secure favors from a Harry Bush hard boy; a bonus image of a “very American” Black Santa in Japan

12/24/16: This year’s most puzzling Christmas card: This year’s most puzzling Christmas card

A mustachioed Brobdingnagian Clone Santa in a slinky smoking jacket, a shoe of some sort concealing his junk, surrounded by three miniature replicas of himself in various costumes (one in drag)

12/29/16: One more Santa cap: One more Santa cap

Even Godzilla is getting in on the Santa theme!

1/8/17: The highly evolved fashion sense of faggots: The highly evolved fashion sense of faggots

Beware mocking Italians from the southern region by calling them froci, or “faggots.” They’re likely to take it as a compliment, thanks to gays’ famously exquisite fashion sense

1/28/17: Yesterday’s hot guy: Yesterday’s hot guy

Daniel M. Sheehan, of the L.A. men’s fashion firm Sheehan & Co., is a hunky silver fox who enjoys having clothes from his company photographed on hot men — including himself

1/30/17: Gender and sexuality in the comics: Gender and sexuality in the comics

In today’s comics feed, a Bizarro on paleolithic heterosexual rituals; and a One Big Happy in which Ruthie reflects on projections of masculinity in men’s clothing

2/12/17: Three exhibitions: Three exhibitions

From the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford: a viewing of Dutch masters of the 17th century; various works by Warhol; and a student-curated display of East Asian artworks featuring the lingzhi mushroom


3/3/17: stringers: stringers

stringer tank tops

3/16/17: Cavenips: cavenips

one-shoulder clothing, one-piece bathing suits, wrestling singlets

3/20/17: Save a horse, ride a cowboy: Save a horse, ride a cowboy


3/22/17: An outrageous but colorful pun: An outrageous but colorful pun

moiré silk

3/30/17: Billy Zane: Billy Zane

superhero costumes

3/31/17: Men swear at menswear: Men swear at menswear

men’s fashion ads with profane captions

4/10/17: The little kid (part 2): The little kid (part 2)

Eton suits

4/18/17: A pun with death, a dance on the beach: A pun with death

Stefano Ricci men’s fashions

5/2/17: Semiotics of dress: the Age of High Gay: Semiotics of dress

Hal Fischer’s Gay Semiotics: A Photographic Study of Visual Coding Among Homosexual Men, 1977; Jim Wigler’s photographs of S.F. leather/bdsm men; Levine’s Gay Macho book

5/5/17: blue jack: blue jack

Union Army blue jackets

5/14/17: Six mothers: Six mothers

short pants for little boys; hats for women

5/14/17: Fags Before Flags, and other in-your-face t-shirts: Fags Before Flags

4 outrageous t-shirts

5/24/17: Dressing for June: Dressing for June

Pride clothing

6/4/17: Pride Time #3: on the menswear watch: Pride menswear

high-masculinity clothing showing off the body; feminine, flagrantly gay clothing; backless garments (chaps, backless leather shorts, etc.)

6/30/17: The Treasure of the Singlet Padre: Treasure of Singlet Padre

wrestling singlet as homowear

7/2/17: The patriotic fig leaf: Patriotic fig leaf

modesty shields

7/5/17: Fedora days: Fedora days

men’s hats: fedora, trilby, bowler, pork pie, homburg

7/6/17: A vintage hat: A vintage hat

a bowler hat — a titfer

7/30/17: The queer quilt: The queer quilt

collection of t-shirts made into a quilt

8/29/17: A tartan for my ilk: A tartan for my ilk

Pride of LGBT tartan; other tartans; plaid flannel shirts

9/25/17: Naked came the mammoth: Naked came the mammoth


9/26/17: Tied up in paisley: Tied up in paisley

paisley ties

10/5/17: I’m silently labeling you an asshole: Silently labeling you an asshole

t-shirts with this slogan

10/6/17: Noodling with formulaic language: Noodling with formulaic language

checkered/plaid clothing

10/19/17: Ruthie on meanings: Ruthie on meanings

the fabric satin

10/31/17: Getting in gear for Halloween: Getting in gear

harnesses of several types, esp. wide Y harnesses

12/15/17: Xmas follies 2017: the clothing: Ugly Xmas sweaters

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

1/2/18: Between Parody and Pastiche: Between Parody and Pastiche

Cow Tie from Steven Levine

3/18/18: Return to Dover DE: Return to Dover DE

Jeans, sneakers, and hoodies as routine wear

3/20/18: Perfectionist in pink sequin: Perfectionist in pink sequin

underwear, streetwear, footwear in pink sequin or glitter

4/12/18: Green wieners: Green wieners

snap fasteners / press studs / etc.

4/14/18: Tail caps: Tail caps

X-skin fur caps with tail attached

4/27/18: Hugely muscular androgyny: Hugely muscular androgyny

halter-top two-piece bikinis

5/14/18: On the rainbowwear beat: On the rainbowwear beat

rainbow kilt

5/17/18: Deshagged and pedicured: Deshagged and pedicured

#1: Shaggy Man of Oz’s clothing

5/21/18: bunny ears: bunny ears

children’s bunny costumes, Playboy-style bunny costumes


Jordache jeans; Panama hats

6/29/18: Swiss spin-off: herringbone tweed: herringbone tweed

tweed fabric, herringbone pattern in fabric

6/30/18: Characters 2: Perry the Platypus: Characters 2: Perry the Platypus

#5 Perry the Platypus pajamas

7/3/18: Annals of edibilia: Hissing Cockroach, Severed Genitals: Hissing Cockroach, Severed Genitals

#13 men’s turban

8/2/18: Male crop tops!: Male crop tops!

crop tops, their names and some of their history; many illustrations of male crop tops

8/4/18: Cultural knowledge: Cultural knowledge

clerical collars

8/5/18: Toga, togae, togae!: Toga, togae, togae!


9/17/18: The news for shoes: The news for shoes

women’s footwear, esp. sandals, from the Wanda Panda company

9/17/18: Mornings in Greece and Rome: Mornings in Greece and Rome

Greek garment peplos and Roman equivalent; modern peplum dresses


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