I don't profess to have an eye for fashion. In fact, just the opposite.
Occasionally, people may compliment me on the snazziness of what I'm wearing, and I feel a moral obligation on those rare good-clothes days to assure them that either:
a) My wife dressed me,
b) The clothes were hand-me-downs from a cool friend.
Usually, it's a combination; my wife dressed me in clothes from a cool friend.
If you know anything about the public court of fashion and style, then you probably know that it is nothing if not fickle. Today's bell-bottoms will be out of style tomorrow, but back in style the following Thursday at 4:17 p.m.
Yesterday, I started to walk out of the bedroom wearing THIS:
I know what you're thinking. Did you get dressed in pitch black? Was your wife out of town? Do you hate everyone with eyes that would have to SEE this monstrosity? No. No. And no.
It's just a case of me being stupid and thoughtless. You can all thank my wife for stopping me and redressing me in something less offensive to the senses.
Officially, this was a hand-me-down from a stylish friend.
Back in 1994-ish.
Personally, I've always liked the shirt...because it never needs ironing. I've discovered that clothes with loud, busy patterns hide a multitude of wrinkles. I really like that. Unfortunately, pants with wild patterns are currently frowned on and possibly could still be frowned upon on the aforementioned Thursday at 4:17 p.m...or not. I don't really know these things.
So leave me a comment between now and next Wednesday (4/30).
The winner (or more accurately the "loser) will be the commenter LEAST revolted by it, so write about how angry the shirt makes you or the number of friends you would lose or any number of other ways your life would surely be ruined if you ever were forced to wear such a thing. Otherwise, you might get stuck with it.
I'll announce the winner/loser next Thursday at 4:17 p.m. at the precise moment the shirt comes back in style...or not.
The contest has been closed early and the winner has been announced here. Congratulations to everyone who lost.