The fashion world is buzzing about a $91,500 crocodile T-shirt that's now available at Hermes. The sales tax is $8,000, so be sure you've got a hundred G-notes in your wallet.
Paying this much for a T-shirt is nothing I'm able to wrap my mind around. Maybe that's because I grew up in a farm town where a new Hanes Beefy-T and clean boots were your tuxedo.
What I wonder about is whether a man who wears a shirt like this casually tosses it on the ground when he and a lover are fumbling to get their clothes off, or does he pause and put it on a hanger?
And what kind of a condom does a man buy who wears a $91,500 T-Shirt? Perhaps these Louis Vuitton condoms, which cost $68 per box.
There's also the personality of a man who wears a T-shirt that costs as much as a Porsche. When someone's shirt costs enough to feed villages of hungry people, how much are we willing to ignore?
Does a guy who spends a small fortune on clothes go to the front of the pack over someone who dresses well, but doesn't care if his clothes are made by JC Penney or Sears?
We all know that men who would pay this much for any piece of clothing are one-in-a-million. But it still begs the question whether there are character flaws we are willing to overlook when someone has lots of money. Does a guy who is poor need to be better looking or have a better body to be a contender?
There's also the issue of men and fashion. Only a decade ago, few men would have known what a Givenchy Rottweiler Tee is, let alone pay $1,400 at Barney's to buy one. We also used to say that a suit could make a man look powerful, but we didn't care what brand it was.
Maybe this is starting to change. Maybe women are wanting to see their men in more than baggy jeans, cargo pants and sweats. And hopefully there's a middle ground for men between dressing better but not obsessing about wearing pricey labels.
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Source of price tag photo: TheAwl.com
Paul is the author of the Guide To Getting It On.