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Smoking in the Bar Room, In Defense of The Chainsmokers and the Demise of the Visible Male Ankle Trend

It’s sad to hear that the cuffed pants, no-see-em socks and visible-ankles look might be going away. It was, in this writer’s opinion, one of guys’ better looks. And we’ve had some looks over the years, haven’t we?

Who could forget bleached tips? Or cargo shorts? Or pleated pants? Laugh all you want at that last one, but it could be coming back with a vengeance in a year or so. Personally, my least favorite might’ve been v-neck T-shirts. That was one of those styles that, at the time, you thought was totally awesome, but now that you’re a little older and wiser you realize made you look less like Chris Hemsworth, and more like Chris Penn (rip).

Eh, whatever. Chris Hemsworth is lame anyways.

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The Chainsmokers Are Good, Evidently

In a piece seemingly pointed directly at me, Tracy Moore writes that The Chainsmokers, the fratty DJ duo who dabble in casual racism and sexism when they’re not creating paint-by-numbers dance beatz (in my humble opinion), actually make good music. And that hating on them is as basic and dumb as the basic and dumb pop the rest of us accuse them of pissing in our ears. Is her argument convincing? You decide!

Rich, White and Poly?

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Au Revoir, Male Ankle

The male ankle, or “mankle,” has, for a few years now, been getting some much-needed time in the sun thanks to a style trend in which guys wear cuffed pants with no visible socks, in any kind of weather.

But all good things must come to an end, and Ashwin Rodrigues spoke with a number of NYC style experts who predict that 2019 might just be the mankle’s swan song.

Happy Meal

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Chug, Chug, Chug, Chug

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