10 thoughts on “Why I don’t trust GQ & others like them”

  1. Om, if you don’t already, I’d suggest following A Suitable Wardrobe by Will Boehlke. Will knows style and has a very strong opinion about the stuff, and even if some of his recommendations are on the more expensive end of the scale, he knows quality.

  2. I agree with you, though not entirely. Menswear magazines are an excellent source of inspiration and I love them for that. I know that most of the stuff they advertise there is very expensive and not many people can get access to it, but still, you can get awesome style ideas and then try to replicate them and include them to your personal style using cheaper brands (Here, cheaper does NOT necessarily mean lower quality).

    We get bombarded with this everyday, but what we end up buying is ultimately and entirely our choice. You can dress well without spending a fortune by doing so.


    1. SGS

      All great and fair points — I find that Menswear magazines are great inspiration of a certain kind. There are so many indie blogs and outlets that it makes sense to pay more attention to them than these ad honeypots.

      I think they are not really true reflection of style and the ideas they offer seem to be a pasteurized version of street style — which is easily on display on the Internet. I have found a way to buy things based on quality — decreased the size of my closet and what it can fit.

      Thanks for writing 🙂

  3. Bravo! Best thing ever happened to my style when I was still on the road, selling, was a borthday present consult with a couple of professional women designers who dressed their husbands to fit their own personalities. Stopped reading GQ.

    Of course, now I’m retired I channel George Carlin for fashion. 🙂

  4. I follow the women’t side a bit as I believe fundamental changes are taking place in the industry. It has been interesting to watch the rise of street fashion blogs – and a few that cover the smaller middle and high quality brands. The major magazines are beginning to lose some of their power, although the landscape is very confusing at this point.

    A fascinating read, and applicable to men’s apparel although it focuses on women’s fashion, is Over-Dressed by Elizabeth Kline. She isn’t the best author in the world, but she covers recent history well – the near demise of high quality, middle priced clothing and the beginnings of a very small revival.

  5. Thank you for posting this. I agree with much of what you have said, Om. You mentioned a couple of independent websites you read, but am curious what other men’s style websites you (and others) enjoy reading.

    Thanks again

  6. I know that I might be comparing apples to oranges, but I just read your article on Chad Dickerson and Etsy. I feel about Chad Dickerson and Etsy much the same as you feel about GQ.

    I have been a buyer on Etsy for about 2 1/2 years, and have purchased over 300 items. I love the original concept of Etsy, but not what it has become. It was a site where actual handmade items (although Etsy has their own definition of “handmade”), vintage (again, Etsy has their own definition of vintage), and supplies to make handmade goods. Now it is a site that is becoming overrun by resellers, copyright/trademark infringers, and “cooperatives” all claiming that they handmake their products. It appears that Etsy is doing nothing, or very little to stop this tide as these shops are proliferating at the expense of the real handmade sellers and the buyers who think they are buying handmade items.

    Etsy’s communication skills are sorely lacking. Etsy does not have a telephone number to discuss customer service issues. Etsy does not answer convoes (Etsy’s messaging system) if they don’t feel like it, or they answer with a cut-and-paste message that has little, or nothing, to do with the question. Etsy permanently mutes both buyers and sellers that dare to speak out against Etsy. They do it in a very underhanded way, by saying that the muter’s forum posts were “rude” to another Etsian. This is done on a pick-and-choose who gets muted basis. Some posters get muted for saying something in the forums, and others don’t for saying the exact same thing. If you don’t believe me, email me, and I’ll give actual examples.

    As you can see from your article, there is dissension among Etsy and many of its buyers and sellers. Chad Dickerson told you one side of the story. Why don’t you do some research and tell the other side of the story?

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