Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Burqa For Boys? Um, Not Exactly.

For days I've been reading about these "boy burqas" invading the UK fashion scene. And, as you probably guessed, the headline "Burqa For Boys" was merely an attempt to get me to read further (which obviously worked).

More like a men's hoodie, these jackets cover up the head and face and leaves two 'goggle-slots' to see through. Borrowed from Italian couture, these jackets have become the latest in-thing to hit the fashion streets in the UK. Not a new concept, they were created in the 1980s in homage to the protective gear worn by drivers in the Mille Miglia, the endurance race which started in the 1920s. It's only been recently, however, that they've started to pop up in large numbers.

Now, let's be fair. A burqa is a floor-length, hotter-than-hell, "modesty" garmet that women are (for the most part) forced to wear. In contrast, these "boy burqas" are really just wrap-around hoodies (more storm trooper than oppressive garment). So, enough with the boy burqa already. I want to hear more about men's undergarments.

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