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The View From Paris


It’s been a while since we heard anything from Rick Owens, but apparently Men.Style hasn’t forgotten last decade’s Marc Jacobs. They stopped by Mr. Owens’ Parisian flat to condense his style wisdom into ten simple rules.

As you might have guessed, some of them are better than others.

For instance, ponder this one at #4: “When a suit gets middle-of-the-road it kind of loses me—it has to be sharp and classic and almost forties.” We were with you until the 40s part, Rick…

Sharp is good, classic is great, but pinning your sartorial options down to a Sam Spade impression is not winning you any points. And the less said about pinstripes, the better.

As he goes on, it only gets worse. Immediately after, he offers this gem: “Hair and shoes say it all. Everything in between is forgivable as long as you keep it simple. Trying to talk with your clothes is passive-aggressive.” It’s understandable if Owens is a little tired of the fashion mill—he’s certainly been through it enough times—but that’s no reason to spoil it for the rest of us. By now, keeping it simple is a sartorial truism: it never changes, and it never gets exciting. We can do better.

Of course, we’re not all snark. #10 is pretty spot on: “It's funny—whenever someone talks about rules, I just want to break them. I recoil from the whole idea of rules.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.