Men's Fashion Week: Don't Forget Your Manties
Words like "mankini", "murse", and "mewlery" are becoming ever-more popular
By Luke Kelly-Clyne, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2011 10:58 AM CDT
Got your manties?   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Fashion Week is here again, which gives the Wall Street Journal an excuse to look at the "special lexicon" that has cemented itself in the mainstream of the men's fashion world in recent years. Mankinis, mandals, manties, murses, and even mantyhose—the growing list of items that were once female and are now certifiably androgynous is causing quite a stir. These semantic hybridizations have been a response to a male fashion sales boom, though many think throwing "man" in front of words associated with women's fashion is off-putting and emasculating.

"Manties is pretty high on the repellent meter," says a style advice columnist at GQ. Unfortunately for dissenters, words like "mewlery" (male jewelery) may be here to stay if the folks at Oxford English Dictionary have their way. Thanks to them, "manbag" earned its place in the lexicon five years ago, and the editors are tracking the newer terms for possible inclusion.

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Sep 10, 2011 4:12 PM CDT
I watched "The Office" one day, and noticed Jim was using the same purse as I was.
Sep 10, 2011 1:25 PM CDT
Here come Dick, he's wearing a skirt Here comes Jane, y'know she's sporting a chain Same hair, revolution Same build, evolution Tomorrow who's gonna fuss And they love each other so Androgynous Joan Jett covering the Replacements
Sep 10, 2011 12:01 PM CDT
Remember guys always wear clean "manties" when going out just in case you get into an accident