See-through, pastel lace shorts are dividing opinion about what is acceptable for men to wear

'Stop the world. I want to get off,' said one particularly distressed person on Instagram 

Kashmira Gander
Saturday 03 June 2017 13:20
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Anyone still reeling from the thought of men wearing patterned playsuits needs to brace themselves, because pastel-coloured, see-through lace shorts and shirts are here to shake you to your core.

The playful garments were designed by LA-based brand Hologram City for rapper Cazwell to wear in his video Loose Wrists.

Cazwell unveiled the lacey shorts and cut-sleeve shirts on his Instagram, alongside a photo of him and four men in pastel blue, lilac, yellow, pink and green shades of the outfit. The caption read “Yup. Lace WILL be in this summer.”

But it’s safe to say that not everyone agreed.

Some Instagram users fell in love with the feminine look, which is similar to one showcased by Gucci as part of their Spring/Summer 2016 collection, with one complaining that they don’t come in more colours.

“ILL BE READY. so so so excited!!” wrote one user.

“NO! THEY DON'T HAVE ORANGE!” cried a particularly stressed Instagrammer.

Others weren't so convinced. “Lmfao this is a damn mess,” wrote one user.

“Stop the world I want to get off,” said a different commenter. Another person simply wrote: “NO.”

“The romps, sure I could see some guys pulling it off. Lace?! Maybe in some detail but the whole thing lace and in that fashion...now you're just being tacky and overly dramatic,” argued one person.

Hologram City took the criticism in their stride, joking on Instagram that the shorts became a meme before Cazwell's video was released. Besides, all publicity is good publicity, right?

The lace shorts are the latest feminine outfits marketed towards men that have caused people to meltdown online about what is acceptable for men to wear.

In mid-May, RompHim playsuits caused uproar as people struggled to fathom what sort of men would dare to wear what is effectively a t-shirt sewn to a pair of shorts.

While many were outraged at the feminine style and banned their husbands and boyfriends from wearing them, others were upset at the hyper-masculine marketing. Advertising for the so-called “super-garment” featured men drinking beers and guaranteed to turn heads and break hearts. Because God forbid a bro would just be OK with looking feminine.

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