Ascots ‘R Us

This post, which points to someone else’s writing, is about Roland Martin, ascots and their not-so-long-ago appearance on John Stewart’s show.

I like ascots. I think more people should wear ascots. (I say people, not specifically men, because women often wear scarves around their necks.) I disagree with Keith Reed, however, when he says bowties are played. I think more people should wear bowties. (I say people, not specifically men, because the right woman could pull off a bowtie easily. Problem is, most women aren’t the right woman, but the point remains.)

Stewart and most of white America probably didn’t realize this, but Roland Martin is hardly the first black man to make “odd” fashion choices staples of their wardrobes. In rocking the ascot on-air, Martin is doing what a lot of brothers do in our regular lives: using quirks in his wardrobe to silently, but noticeably, distinguish himself from the mainstream; to state without yelling that we’re not only comfortable with our difference, but that we can be visibly so without being unfashionably loud enough to offend the eye. I’ve worn ascots with my tux to black tie events because who the hell wears a regular bow tie? Just not my style, and not the way of many black men, who as a rule rather than an exception try to step our game up a notch above everyone else’s.

To read the entire post, go here.

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~ by MsInklination on June 1, 2010.

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