Two editors sound off on whether suspenders are this season’s next big trend or if they deserve the heave-ho.
Yea: Suspenders are so fun. They’re like a built-in amusement park for your torso. Bored? Turn them into a slingshot-like device and fling projectiles at unsuspecting victims. Nay: If that’s your idea of fun, maybe you should take up a hobby. I hear Brooklyn Brainery has some cool classes (Ethiopian cooking, stamped jewelry, stationery making), none of which will sacrifice your style.
Yea: When things get a little low in the pants, you can always count on suspenders to lift you up. Talk about fun and functional. Nay: Anything suspenders can do, a belt can do better. Plus, if you’re packing more than an A-cup, suspenders just look weird. They always slip to the inside or outside of your pachoogas. They never stay on top.
Yea: They pay homage to retro style without being overdone or too ironic, like some other trends we’ve seen. Cough, cough, handlebar moustaches, cough. Nay: Isn’t all retro a little ironic?
Yea: The coolest people I know are doing it. Like … like … just give me a minute, and I’ll think of one. Oh! Larry King. Nay: I would like to see a bigger list of these so-called cool people. If Steve Urkel’s on it, I don’t think I can trust your fashion advice. And Larry King? Really?
Weird out to whimsical My Brightest Diamond (pictured) and Surfer Blood’s Tarot Classics or try some “Zombie Boogie” from Richard Swift, a touring member of The Shins.
“Drinking Problem,” by Surfer Blood “On’n’On,” by Justice “Zombie Boogie,” by Richard Swift “We Added It Up,” by My Brightest Diamond “The One You Want,” by Weekend “Hornets Nest,” by Jonti “Suburban Dream,” by The Stepkids “Cannons,” by Youth Lagoon “London Zoo,” by Casiokids “Top Bunk,” by Gauntlet Hair
New album picks (M83, Real Estate, Class Actress), plus office favorites Gotye and Florence + the Machine (pictured last weekend at Brooklyn’s Creators Project).
“New Map,” by M83 “Shake It Out,” by Florence + the Machine “Weekend,” by Class Actress “Green Aisles,” by Real Estate “Can’t Stop,” by Mayer Hawthorne featuring Snoop Dogg “Find a Way,” by The Juan MacLean “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye featuring Kimbra “Come On Over,” by Veronica Falls “Mind Daze,” by Psychic Ills “Fever Dreams,” by Nurses
Ride-or-die chick Lana Del Rey’s ode to hip-hop, soulful songbird Rachael Yamagata, and a sweet Ryan Adams tune with Norah Jones on backing vocals.
“Blue Jeans,” by Lana Del Rey “Virus,” by Björk “The Twilight Hour,” by Still Corners “Before the Bridge,” by Future Islands “Melanie’s Melody,” by The Black Angels “Starlight,” by Rachael Yamagata “Come Home,” by Ryan Adams “Enough Thunder,” by James Blake “Little by Little (Caribou Remix),” by Radiohead “Horsey,” by Diplo Download the playlist here.
We’re girl-crushing hard on the operatic Zola Jesus (pictured), up-and-comer Au Ras Au Ras, and Little Dragon’s guest spot on DJ Shadow’s The Less You Know, the Better.
“In Your Nature,” by Zola Jesus “Belispeak,” by Purity Ring “Wasted Waiting,” Au Ras Au Ras “Scale It Back,” by DJ Shadow and Little Dragon “Kimmi in a Rice Field,” by Twin Sister “Make Time for the Boy,” by Dominant Legs “Bedroom Eyes,” by Dum Dum Girls “Romantic Streams,” by Sleep Over