Against Pastel Neckties

First Obama, now Bill Clinton on the cover of the NYT  Magazine. How did this whole faux-aristocrat thing get started? Is it only Democrats? And why would they, at this particular time especially, want to look like old money? Baby blue, shimmering pink, with those big fist-like Windsor knots that take us back to the Reagan years--you have to wear them with an extra wide spread collar too, evidently, as if Prince Charles ordered up the whole outfit. There was a vogue for pink polos among the boys at my kids' school a couple years ago, and that was a little precious too, like the boys all spent too much time playing tennis. On the other hand I do miss pink button-downs--whatever happened to those?--which look good on us swarthy guys.

Presented by

Daniel Akst

Dan Akst is a journalist, essayist and novelist who wrote three books. His novel, The Webster Chronicle, is based on the lives of Cotton and Increase Mather. More

Dan Akst is a journalist, novelist and essayist whose work has appeared frequently in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Wilson Quarterly, and many other publications.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Business

Just In