The Monthly Five Must Reads

July 26, 2013 BY WATM

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The fashion industry is a notoriously fickle business that is constantly evolving to keep pace with social and technological change. The continuous activity and hustle and bustle of the industry is enough to make even the most veteran fashion insider feel overwhelmed and confused. Luckily, we rounded up the most important editorials of the last month so that you can remain informed while still keeping a cool head. The editorials run the gamut from pieces commenting on the state of menswear to wry remarks regarding cultural zeitgeist. Take a look at these five editorials and you'll have all the knowledge of the hippest fashion editor with none of the headache.

1. Will Welch, the senior editor of style over at GQ, explores the Internet phenomenon of #FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, and recommends a course of treatment for those of us with more severe cases.

2. Nick Graham, the founder and former Chief Underpants Officer at Joe Boxer, argues that men are finally approaching getting dressed with the same enthusiasm as their female counterparts, and the result is a burgeoning interest and passion for clothing, accessories, and all the accompanying accoutrements.

3. The New York Times analyzes the recent popularity of lighter-blue, faded denim pants, colloquially christened "dad jeans", and interviews some of the industry figures responsible for making the style popular once more.

4. Alexander Aciman published his controversial piece on the lack of individuality within menswear culture, and subsequently set the Internet abuzz with debate. Among other things, Aciman claims that contemporary menswear today forces men to conform to images they see on the Internet instead of cultivating their own unique, personal style.

5. The Business of Fashion debates whether the current accessibility of digital imagery is leading to a copycat phenomenon within the fashion industry. Designers no longer reinterpret and reimagine, but instead simply copy the details they see in preserved images meant to be used as inspiration.