The New Androgyny

From tuxedos to trench coats, furs and even kilts, men and women are suddenly dressing a lot alike

Men Get Shopping

It wasn't bad enough that the tech boom brought the scourge of casual dress to corporate America. When the dotcom companies eventually imploded, they also managed to depress the rest of the economy and, with it, the already defeated spirits of menswear retailers. Men jittery about their jobs were hardly inclined to purchase new khakis and polo shirts, let alone suits, which, because they cost more, are far more lucrative for the industry. But after several straight years of decline, the menswear industry is showing signs of improvement.

Optimism seeped into the clothes themselves in July at...

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