I knew it was only a matter of time before I would start seeing that odd New England fashion item that I both (secretly) enjoy and abhor: chinos (long or short) with an embroidered marine life print. It can also be applied to belts, but the full pant makes a bolder statement. Today it was lobster pants. A grown man, walking through the Staples parking lot wearing lobster embroidered shorts! My day was made. The fact that he had a tasteful comb-over, a medium shade tan, and was wearing a crisp white button down shirt is to be assumed. I’m reminded of my family summer day trips to Hyannis as a kid. My brother and I would scour the racks at Puritan Clothing to see who could find the most hideous print. Navy chinos with bright green whales was a particular favorite. It’s been eight years – but for a brief visit to Chatham one spring in 2006 – since I have seen this particular brand of Cape Cod couture.
You can go home again.
Update: No, you can’t. You can never go home. Apparently, in my absence, grubby little hipsters have embraced the preppy look. Now I see photos of well styled 20-somethings proudly wearing lobster and whale pants, even sear suckers. You can’t trust anyone under 30.