but the punchline isn't punchy. I look at the man as I sip my coffee and grin to myself as I think "aha, you are a lumbersexual". What the heck is a lumbersexual? I would have asked that same question about a week ago but I read so I am wise. There are many of them where I live so I don't know if it is easy to tell which are deliberate and which are just a case of dressing for your environment. After all I live in the land of normcore too but I doubt any of them are doing it ironically or as a statement. Many people in my part of the world dress like they are about to go on a hike or tree planting or like they have just come back from such activities. Tree planters are an extreme though, and real ones are generally only seen in the summer. Loggers and fishers (yes that is the new gender neutral term) abound here and I am sure their clothing choices are largely practical. Then there are the environmental types. This is a variant of hippie and I have been a borderline environmental type myself. My ex husband has such leanings and I was going in that direction too though my illness made hiking and camping and saving the creek activities I could not sustain so there is no need for me to shop at Mountain Equipment Co-op though still like their non-hiking
Oh how I want these boots.
Now back to those men!
Tree planters might look like this, and when they come into town they don't look much differently.
Fishers might look like this and there are plenty of commercial fishers living here. These guys are further north, up the coast in Alaska.
Loggers might look like this.
All of these men are now style inspiration.
The idea of the lumbersexual uniform is a form of male dress (and forgive me if I am leaving out the female form of it, which I have no doubt exists but I am uncertain if the same term is used) that is meant to suggest rugged manliness even if the man is more of a computer wrangler than a salmon wrangler. More likely to grow dahlias than to cut down trees, he may or may not have employment which requires different dress of him, but on his own time at least, he tends to favour hiking boots or work boots, high tech materials known to wick away sweat or trap in body heat, and if he is really slumming it, grey woolen socks and a tartan jacket are likely attire. When I was growing up, these jackets, known at least here as a Mac Jacket which is apparently short for Mackinaw, were the preferred attire of the rough kids.
These jackets were available for purchase at any work wear store but it seemed to be best to get your hands on an old one and then to cut it up. Girls liked to wear theirs cropped. For summer attire boys cut the sleeves off.
Excerpt and photo below from http://gearjunkie.com/the-rise-of-the-lumbersexual
"Today, the metrosexual is a disappearing breed being quickly replaced by men more concerned with existing in the outdoors, or the pseudo-outdoors, than meticulous grooming habits.
He is bar-hopping, but he looks like he could fell a Norway Pine.
He looks like a man of the woods, but works at The Nerdery, programming for a healthy salary and benefits. His backpack carries a MacBook Air, but looks like it should carry a lumberjack’s axe."
And where I live he may or may not wield an axe at least on weekends but every self respecting axe wielder knows you don't put them in a backpack! And speaking of weekends, I hope yours is a good one.