I started my Christmas shopping on Friday, which meant entering the 5-storey Macy's Men's Store for only the fourth time ever, and leaving the ground floor for the first time ever. Some observations, framed as questions:
1. How long have they been making those tiny socks liner things that are meant not to show outside your shoes, giving the allusion you're wearing 0 socks, for men?
2. What are acceptable colors for men's wool coats? It was a sea of black and grey, not even navy. I love my black wool coat, but I'm looking for a camel-colored one because I'm walking more at night.
And you have my empathy on the stench that is the cologne counters. At least the perfume counters are spread out among the cosmetics.
I have never seen sock liner things for men, and wouldn't wear them.
Black and grey are both inoffensive and classic. I wouldn't wear a navy suit. Sports coat? Likely not, although I woulnd't look twice if someone else did.
1. I don't know, but you're making me consider going into a Macy's for the first time in a quite a while. I could use those in the summer.
2. Whatever you want. Black and grey are good, but other colors are fine too if you like them. I know other stores have more variety, including browns and tans.
They've been making those as long as I can remember and I can't stand them, as they tend to slide down as you walk. Nothing better than going sockless.
Men's coats: black, grey, navy, tan (camel). Houndstooth and herringbone are two pattern options.
I don't like navy because it will clash with a dark suit, camel shows dirt easily.
Surprised that there was no camel. Camel is very popular for men in camelhair and cashmere. Must have been out. Black and gray are very safe colors - particularly for a store like Macy's. Navy is also fairly widely popular. Still, I haven't been willing to shop in Macy's for years for men's clothing. No longer up to my level in quality. These days I've gotten really used to shopping online. I know my size. I generally know who's who. I like avoiding sales tax. I often get free shipping. I can comparison shop in privacy and comfort and look at twenty vendors in less time than going to one department store - although both Saks and Nordstrom have very nice discount houses near me. I do check them out now and then. In the end, if I really don't like something I can always send it back - but that is very rare.
Out? At the beginning of the Christmas shopping season? Black and grey are safe sartorially, but I've nearly hit enough pedestrians in all-black to not think them safe physically.
I do most of my shopping online, too. I was mostly browsing, trying to educate myself.