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The Style in Berlin is No Fashion

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I like to rib my German friends in Berlin because they’re always wearing these silly Chairman Mao hats — everyone wears OD green and black caps. If you want some good advice to help you look cool while visiting or living in Berlin, please just dress like a distressed communist revolutionary student protester… blue jeans, Adidas soccer shoes, hoodies, leather coats or bomber jackets — dark colors — but you can wear these until you’re deep in your 40s so buying an assortment of them is a worthwhile investment. I like to call it “Vanguard of the Proletariat Fashion.”

The Style in Berlin is No Fashion

Vanguard of the Proletariat Fashion

I know that folks from Munich are appalled by the way Berliners dress (“No style in Berlin, Chris, no style,” says the dapper Munich 30-something in the three piece suit on a recent visit). I still wear my Chris Abraham uniform: blue jeans, black Lacoste polos or Ts, and Australian boots (Rossis or Blundstones), A sweater, a Barbour jacket (yes, green and waxy with lots of pockets) and a coat liner. I like to think I don’t stand out too badly but certainly don’t fit in. Maybe I will buy an approved Berliner uniform when I return.

I know for sure that Frank and Claudia, Berliners, have spent the last couple years slowly moving Mark into the world of leather coats and hoodies, dark-colored indigo jeans, and cool trainers. But they have not gotten to me yet. Maybe in 2008 I will have a little green chairman Mao cap all my own. Unlike most German men in their 30s, I have not started balding yet.

Berlin Vanguard of the Proletariat Fashion by Frank Merfort

Dec 23, 2007 12:00 AM