Today the well-off 55-year-old is likely to be the worst-dressed man in the room, wearing a saggy T-shirt and jeans. The cash-poor 25-year-old is in a natty sport coat and skinny tie bought at Topman for a song. Young men are embracing the “Mad Men” elements of style in a way that the older men never did, still don’t and just won’t.
(The accompanying slide show is fun, though.)
I have yet to observe these herds of suit-and-tie clad young men here in LA. Most of the younger men I'm seeing are still dressing in one of the following styles: generic Gap, modified hip-hop, quasi-punk, sports-team-jersey or homeless surfer. Perhaps it's yet another example of an NYT writer observing a trend among his/her friends and projecting it as a broad cultural movement? (See also "Opt Out Revolution, The")
I'd actually love to see more men who dress like Thom.