Chris Brown, Orlando Bloom, Justin Bieber, Tyson Beckford and Garrett Clayton are all doing it. They and other hunky men are ditching their shirts as they walk around New York City.
The epidemic has become so prevalent that the New York Times published an expose about the trend and the writer surmises that our sophistication boundaries are gone:
It is all a predictable part of the dressing-down of America, said Patricia Mears, deputy director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
“It’s great we live in a democratic society, but we’ve lost all sense of decorum and occasion,” Ms. Mears said. “To be on Fifth Avenue is now about the same as being on the Coney Island boardwalk.”
To display your unclad torso on Fifth Avenue is also, she added, to give proof of the proposition that in the evolutionary arc of masculinity, men are no longer the oglers; they are the object of the gaze.
The one thing I can say is thank goodness these photos weren’t taken in Alabama:
While you may not move beyond the photo above, let’s look at some shirtness realness in New York in recent weeks: