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Where Have All The Vests Gone?

Where Have All The Vests Gone?

Update: 2021-09-01
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Some fashions come and go quickly, but others move in slower cycles (e.g. the bowler hat). What drives the rate at which given fashions shift, and most importantly, what does this mean for the future of facial hair?


In this podcast, we delve into enduring fashions and try to understand how their cultural context, evolving meaning and basic function might contribute to their longevity. We examine the history of bowler hats, vests and beards to see whether they tell us anything important about elongated fashion life-cycles. Finally, we make our own predictions about the fashion trends of the future. Anna Wintour take note.

A few things we mentioned in this podcast:


- Every England World Cup Squad Ever: A complete run down https://www.thatsagoal.com/world-cup-2018-predictions-betting-tips/world-cup-2018-group-g/every-england-world-cup-squad-ever-a-complete-run-down
- The Rise and Fall—and Rise—of Facial Hair https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/the-rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-facial-hair/282951/
- Facial Hair Throughout the Ages https://www.halcyonmaps.com/facial-hair-throughout-history
- Scott Alexander’s ‘barber pole’ model of fashion https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/04/22/right-is-the-new-left/
- Who Killed Men's Hats? https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/05/04/152011840/who-killed-mens-hats-think-of-a-three-letter-word-beginning-with-i?t=1630044230251

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Where Have All The Vests Gone?

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