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Monday, September 15, 2008

Falls Cords (And the Absurdity of Banana)

It's fall, or it will be soon, and that means certain things happen. One thing that happens is that people start dressing differently, "warmer" you might say. Often, when the air becomes crisp, people like to start wearing cords. I just want to be clear: I totally support that.

Here are some cords...

These are the low rise, straight fit cords from the Gap. Not bad. I'm a little worried about the low rise part, but they seem ok. I will be trying these on in the next couple of weeks.









These are classic fit cords from JCrew. These seem better. I will also be trying these on in the next couple of weeks.









These are...not cords. As far as I could tell, Banana Republic has no cords. That's a big mistake. While I'm on the subject of Banana Republic mistakes, I thought I should mention these Dawson fit chinos -- they're awful. The fit is baggy and leg is wide and terrible.

Over the past few months, Gap has gone up in quality. Banana continues to go down. I have to wonder if there is some inverse relationship. Perhaps there is only so much goodness Gap Inc. can produce, so if one chain is putting out more and more good stuff, some of that goodness has to be taken from another chain.