Clothes Make The Man-I'm A Fraud!

B.B. King - Blues Boys Tune

Many people say that clothes make the MAN!

Allow me to elaborate a little if I can.

For some of men’s wear it’s easy to tell,

Such as police and army personnel.

Clothing might reflect one’s social standing

Or clothing might reflect a social branding.

For a million years people have been wearing clothes.

You know, the Lord knows, they had too much to expose.

Let’s take a trip back into time,

And check out the cave and caveman.

Each MAN wore a skin the same as the next,

Just exactly like the rest of the clan.

Back then there was less tolerance for personal style.

Conforming was then, as now, what it’s all about.

Wear the same skin! You’d better fit in!

And please! Don’t let it ALL hang out!

Folks wore strange garb but fit right in with their own.

Thank God! People were covering up, all around the globe.

Our past tense MAN went from wearing loin cloth,

And even progressed to wearing a robe!

The Egyptians wore very light clothing,

Because where they were was so bleeping hot.

The Egyptian MAN wore a loincloth or a kilt,

Wasn’t that a gag gift from an IrishMAN to a Scot?

But of course in Rome, just to fit right in,

You’d, of course, do as the Romans do.

The MAN of the world would head to the agora,

And perhaps, try on a toga or two

For hundreds of years tunics were the rages,

From before Christ and into the Middle Ages.

In 16th Century there were more changes to clothes.

MEN’s clothes were highlighted by wearing hose!

MEN wore short trouser-like garments called breeches.

Thinking of MEN in short breeches keeps me in stitches.

At the beginning of the 20th century

Fashionable men wore trousers, waistcoats and coats.

A different trend would now begin,

To aid in collecting US Treasury Notes.

Many slaves of many eras wore the same attire.

Their rags would cover their bits a bit, and even start a fire.

Fashion has always been very important for the wealthy,

But the poor were always trying to get by and stay healthy.

There are swimsuits, diving suits, space suits, and protective suits.

But there is more filthy lucre accrued with business suits.

The road to hell is paved with gold,

By “salesmen” who have only “hot” gold to behold.

So I’ll wear my overalls and working shirt.

Maybe my earnings have been less than dirt.

Maybe I’ve just been digging a hole.

But smelling the soil is good for the soul!

Maybe I’ll work my fingers to the bone.

I hope I’m useful until I’m gone!

Use me like a tool until I expire!

I’ll turn out some good work before I tire.

On whom can I depend? On whom can I trust?

If the Lord doesn’t get you, the Devil must!

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust!

God, please take me! But don’t let me rust!

A working MAN’s clothing has hardly changed at all.

No matter what he wears, he’s still standing tall!

~By Micky Dee~

Ry Cooder - How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live

God bless the working woMAN too!

A woman's work is never done! (especially if a man does it)
A woman's work is never done! (especially if a man does it)

I'm a fraud!

I have a 100% silk shirt by “Oleg Cassini”- made by a little old lady in China!

I have a 100% silk shirt by “Fenn, Wright, & Manson”- made by a little old lady in China!

I have a 100% “Super-silk shirt by “Van Husen”- made by a little old lady in Taiwan!

I have a 100% cotton shirt by “Boulder”- made by a little old lady in Bangladesh!

I have 100% cotton trousers by “Hunt Club”- made by a little old lady in the Dominican Republic!

I have a suit of 100% materials that are so special they cannot be divulged, by Aquascutum Ltd.- made by a little old lady in Canada!

I have a suit of 100% materials that are so special they cannot be divulged, by Pierre Cardin of Paris & New York- the little old lady is so special we cannot divulge where she is!

So- I have all of the above and more with names that might insinuate a false “origin”, as for as the manufacturing.

None of these items were bought retail.

All of the silk shirts, wool suits, etc. were bought at consignment shops or Goodwill Stores, or “Goodwill-type stores”.

And yes, the savings are incredible!

Even Micky Dee can dress like people who can afford to buy stuff like this stuff!

Problem? Micky can’t stand the stuff.

Micky thought he might buy a suit or two for funerals.

Now Micky’s ready for his but that’s a cremation celebration!

So, Micky has a bunch of clothes he never intends to wear.

These clothes never did “make this MAN”!

A lot of Micky's clothes are made for another tax bracket.

Clothes make the Man! I’m a fraud!

This was Micky Dee overalls and all! But- it's all fuzzy now - very much like this picture.

And now- I'm not comfortable in any clothes.

I've felt suited to these clothes above.


I've felt suited to these clothes below.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Mickey, got here first! hey! that was brilliant! loved the 'please don't let me rust' ha ha never thought of it before, me being a naturist an all! ha ha only joking. thanks for another different hub, nice one. Nell


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Wow Nell! You are so fast! You flew here! Let's not rust Nell! Thank you Nell!


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tantrum 6 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

I loved this poem !It's so ironic! LOL ! I also have some weird clothes, like a couple of T shirts and a baby doll, made by a litte Bolivian in some smelly attic in the heart of Buenos Aires LOL


ralwus 6 years ago

Well I'll bet those biking clothes aren't so cheap. You forgot to say anything about men in Penis Gourds in New Guinea I think it is. Now there is fashion Micky. Second hand stores are really great.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Tantrum! I have all these clothes that don't/can't wear! And- they come from all around the globe. Meanwhile the textile mills are all closed up around here where they once thrived. Thanks Tantrum!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

You're right Ralwus. I like a pair of shorts that might retail for about $130 or so. I seldom, almost never pay retail. I was in the business and some shops (100s of miles away) will give me the courtesy of cost plus 10%. Still- clothes are not cheap. A good jersey with a strong full length zipper is about $75. Shoes can be $100 easy. I'm needing a pair now. I also need a repair on my pick-up truck so I'll patch what I have to.

Penis gourds!?!? Quit making this stuff up! Well- what do the women do?


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

Micky, Charlie has a vivid imagination, but he's not making this one up, lol. You should probably stick to the bike shorts, though, at least while riding.

Clever, clever hub, start to finish!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

I never knew what it was like to have tons of clothes. Second hand shops, especial the vintage ones are so interesting, yet usually do not buy anything. jeans with cotton or silk tail-shirts is all i like wearing maybe a tank now and again.

don't need much to get by. oh god you made me realize i don't even have a coat, when ever it gets chilly i look for my sweatshirt LOL love ya Micky ~aloha~


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

But Lalesu- there aren't gourds big enough for me!!! Yuck, yuck, yuck! I'll stick to the cycling shorts!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Sa'ge! You don't even have a coat! That's the climate I want! Sa'ge, I've bought some nice shirts and trousers and other clothes because they were incredible deals. I bought some just to preserve them.But- they aren't me. Thank you Sa'ge. See you at your place!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

my my Micky them sure dont look like you so they must not be you LOL ~aloha~


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epigramman 6 years ago

a day without Mr. Dee of Sir Micky is just totally unacceptable - just stopped by to say your hubs should bring world peace and love and laughter and in this case the man makes the hub!!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Epigramman! You crack me up! I'm coming right over to see what you have cooking!


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Micky,

I love the idea of the hub and the reminder; who is wearing who and why? Knowing that we are constantly judged (by the wrong criteria) too often people are wearing clothes just to impress others. To save money and increase profits, all designers are manufacturing now in poor countries around the world and the quality is poorer and poorer while the prices are going up and up. Stupidity has its price


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Petra! We're all in some kind of theatrical performance or parade. We're dressed up. I'd rather praise the seamstress than a designer. Thank you Petra!


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh Lordy, you brought back memories of hand-me-downs If i ever got anything new, i,d hide it til i got to be the first to wear it.We didn,t have consignment stores when i was a kid. Mama made most of my clothes, and i would rather have them, like Dolly sang, "My coat of many colors".

This hub is funny and great!!!!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Always Exploring! Thank you for having a good time here. It's always so nice to see your picture! I love Dolly. I wrote one song and always imagined Dolly singing it. Thank you AE!


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Mic, the most function-able wear? I like fatigues still and good old bibs. Great hub and original~~~~~


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Oh my gosh, Charlie - here I thought this was a family show - penis gourds? Where can I get some - I'm always looking for a new look for Bob!! Mickey - great hub by the way.....I just got lost in the penis gourds - for heaven's sake!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Love it! You know...for like 90% of my life I was such a shopaholic and had to have the best clothes and now over the past few years...I swear I live in gym shorts. lol Funny how things change.


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Oh, to simply

be a nudist,

Abandoning what

cloaks the prude-est,

Dressed in what all

the gals call cutest,

Butt never labled

as the lewdest.

No B.V.D.'s

to smother me,

just hanging out

for all to see,

to waltz around

the world and be,

left wool and silk

and cotton free.

Dressed in the

fashion God intended,

since back in Eden

where it ended,

when dearest Eve

bit into fruit,

that forced us

into cloth and boots.

Bike riding would

be tough for you,

on sunny days,

that seat like glue,

you'd need a cushion

to get through,

those lovely towns

you peddle through.

And winters would

require coats

of teflon sprays

to make us coats,

that block the

freezing cold and snow,

protecting us,

above.......

below.

Each morning would

bring us no fuss,

unclothed we'd wear

what God gave us,

on subways, planes,

and on the bus,

we'd skinny-trip

in suits of lust.

Of, course we'd

surely need a sack,

to carry all the

things we'd lack,

like wallets,

cell phones,

mid-day snacks,

or slap a knapsack

on our back.

And there are some

who wouldn't dare,

to go out with no

clothes to wear,

their bodies would

deny they try it,

we'd see more folks

go on a diet.

Then when the world

was sleek and thin,

we'd run around

in just our skin,

each errand would

bring us a grin.

when being nude's

not thought a sin.

But sadly this

will never fly,

we're stuck in clothes

until we die,

then nude we're laid

out on a slab,

displaying all life's

hidden flab.

Then once again we're

clothed and boxed,

even then our natural

state's outfoxed,

we're laid out in

our finest duds,

then covered up

with cold damp muds.

Perhaps I'll write

my last request,

to be buried in

what I love best,

content till

Resurrection day,

when I'll rise

in a natural way.

Much like I came

out from the womb,

I'll rise buck naked

from my tomb,

and dance

across eternity.

sans clothing

and forever free.

They say that

clothing makes a man,

so manly I will be,

Until I shed my

cotton threads,

somewhere more

heavenly.

~~~~~~Great Hub~~~MFB III


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Bro 50 Caliber Man! Fatigues and good old bibs- maybe put a bush hat on top of all that!!! Semper Fi Brother Man!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

No Akirchner, don't get lost in the penis gourds! And I do wish you all the luck with Bob and his penis gourd!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Theherbivorehippi! For decades now I have collected T-shirts from biking events. I have enough T-shirts to last another lifetime. There are some I never see. I get Rockport shoes and others from consignment shops, etc. I just shop for my pocket. Thank you Dear!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo yo yo!!! MFB!!! Pretty fast lyrics there my Brother!!! That is one more nice poem you have there SIR!!!

"I'll need a cushion to get through,

those lovely towns I peddle through."

Thanks MFB!!!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

it is funny, informative -- I learned a lot, overall awesome, Maita


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

LOL...bro Micky Dee again and again and again...you got me floating like a boat on the Nile.Hey! I am not comfortable any more on my cloths...

Well done bro,i voted it up.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Maita! Thank you for stopping here! Clothing makes the WoMAN too! Thank you Ma'am!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Okay Rossimobis my Brother! Keep those clothes on my Man! Keep them on!!! Thank you Bro Rossi!


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Ten Blogger 6 years ago

This is very thought provoking.. We left the fur behind us (no more animals killed for clothes).. Next turn.. We need to make sure people (old and children specially) from poor countries are not exploited.. Thanks for keeping them in our thoughts.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yes Ma'am Ten Blogger! You're so correct! Thank you Dear!


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Lee B 6 years ago from New Mexico

An inspired and inspiring hub! I really enjoyed reading this.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Lee! Your life is pretty different with sailing around some of the world! You have great insight and photos!


ralwus 6 years ago

LOL Mick, there are men who wear long pointy gourds on their penises. Really. I will see if I can link a picture to you. LOL Not making it up. hahaha

here ya are:

http://www.rhymer.net/New%20Folder/penisgourdgalle...


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Well Sir! You've proved it all! It's not going to catch on here though! How would they ever get anything done?

It seems like they would be getting a little behind in their work wearing those things!

Course I don't see a gourd big enough to work for me either!


ralwus 6 years ago

LOL I saw PBS show on them years ago. Amazing how they get around and work with them on. I am surprised that lalesu knew about them. hehe not very big are they? just long and skinny, but a few were of considerable size. Now ya know to believe me old son. LOL


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Well- that shows to go you! You shouldn't BS the BSer.

You know- people will go along with anything, won't they? Can you imagine the one guy that said, "You want to put what where? No! I'm sorry. I've gone along with a lot of stuff with you crazy guys but I can't put a cone on my digit!"

Of course that guy -they probably burned him for heresy!

Okay TurkeyMan Ralwus you got me!

So- do they eat a lot of dough-nuts?


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

Thanks Micky Dee for such a good poem. People walk around wearing all these expensive clothes and it is true that most of them are made by some poverty stricken person who would never in their lifetime be able to afford them.

On the other hand, we do not need such expensive clothes. There are some who spend almost all of their money on the best clothes but then have no money left to go anywhere. So what is the point?

You tell us that most of these things are made by some little old chinese lady somewhere. Problem is, if they didn´t make these clothes for a living they might not have a living at all.

What we should strive for is that these workers making the clothes have proper pay for what they do.

Keep writing the poems.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yes Hummingbird. There should be a minimum that a laborer can make. The actual workers should be given a proper pay. America and other capitalists have an aversion to paying workers fairly and having punishments fit crimes. Our injustice system doesn't work either. Thank you Ma'am!


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Ha Ha Ha.....Great stuff, Mickey. Personally I'm glad people 'cover up' What a sight most of us are without clothes!!!! Yuk!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Maybe there should be a "robe patrol" Dim! Thank you Dear!


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kimh039 6 years ago

Micky, I read this in the "wrong" order. I saw MFB's poem that was inspired by yours first, then followed a link here. You two are having way too much fun here! And I'm enjoying being a spectator!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Kim! MFB has a "magic mind". Poetry flows from MFB like water! Thank you for coming by!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

It's amazing the money I save shopping at value village and second hand stores now. I used to wear $500 plus suits and silk ties and patten letter shoes, those were my career climbing years, dizzing heights to reach success, it all turns to dust. In my now mature older years, my jeans and tees do me justice, my runners are well worn. Clothing does not play that much of an importance for me as it once did as a younger man. I am happy to be just ME no more airs, no more egos, no more chasing the almighty dollar, I seek comfort in little things now. Like you Micky I peddle through life without a care, just a lot of LOVE in my heart.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Saddlerider! I can see that love in your heart too! Sometimes "clothes make the man". Sometimes "clothes make the fraud". I'm glad we're jeans and T-shirts. And - cycling shorts!


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Debarshi Dutta 6 years ago from Calcutta

Your Hub is once more a wonderful experience..You are truly creative.

Well, you can wear whatever you want and I am sure you look and feel good in it...

And by all means wear whatever the little old lady in Bangladesh, Taiwan or China weave for you...I am sure they will appreciate the fact that 'YOU' - (Micky Dee) wear them.

And don't you ever think that you are a fraud..act in good conscience and wear your clothes on social occasions.

A man full of humility who feels that it must be an act of fraud to wear good clothes at cheap prices from goodwill shops..and feels guilty..is a rare man.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Debarshi Dutta! I'll try to wear them. I feel if one of us is in prison, none of us are free. If one of us is not clothed well then none of us are adequately clothed. But thank you Sir. I will wear them with pride for those workers who have maybe given their all! Thank you!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

When I was a young man and in a band, I attached about as much care for clothes as Jesus did. None. After I quit the music business disillusioned, I, by unforeseen circumstance, made a lot of money in business. I married a clothes horse of a woman and she got me interested in men's finery. Now that I've gone bust and she's gone, I'm back where I started.

Your poem is wonderfully made. I could not have enjoyed it more. Thank you. Only one thing though: we burn refuse; but we bury treasure.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you James. I have known the absence of women for too long I guess. I have the antidote for love. I have no idea what it is - but I have it.

"we burn refuse; but we bury treasure" - Exactly! No sense in wasting a well made box on me! You shouldn't put a Stradivarius in a card-board box. The smarter you are - the better helmet you need. I want to leave no "foot-print". Burn me up and toss me into some kitty litter.

Thank you James!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

But you are treasure Micky


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

God bless you James!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Ah, I am late again to find this. I am so lazy in browsing these days :(. Anyway, for me casual is the best and the cheaper the prices: the more I will appreciated it!:D But I still in love with silk though :(. I hope that one not so expensive!

Nice poem, Micky. Salute!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Silk is a great material. It's the lightest and best for winter. I love silk as a winter undergarment. But usually casual is best!


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

Really enjoyed this, and also think you could take about the last 14 lines and make a shorter stand alone poem just about the working man that would be quite powerful. The early stanzas were a pleasure and fun to read, the final 14 lines were that and more.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

You're exactly right KFlippin! Thank you for your observation. Actually I started writing the poem and wrote something completely different. The first poem that came about I haven't published yet. Isn't it funny how things come about? Thank you KFlippin!


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

You are welcome! And I agree, it's funny how things come about when it comes to writing. Set off in one direction and end up another....


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Clothes make the man, but the little old ladies make the clothes. =:)

I say wear the most comfortable and most fashionable clothes you can and if you can afford to shop at Nordstrom, by all means do so and if you want to get them at Goodwill then do that too. I remember when everybody made a big fuss about Kathy Lee's clothes line being made in a village where people got a low wage. She apologized and closed the factory and no one in the village had any income at all. You see it's all relative. Somewhere in China there is someone who can buy nylon, metal and plastic and sew and fashion it into a spring open umbrella which must be sold and shipped to the US for less than forty cents so it can be sold at the 99 cent store. Show me a person in this country who would take the time to make such a thing for thirty cents and where could he buy the parts for ten?


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Winsome! So Kathy Lee's clothes line was being made in a village where people got a low wage. She then apologized and closed the factory and no one in the village had any income at all. Sounds like Kathy Lee is an idiot. Why didn't she pay them better? Boy- she really taught them a thing or two. I see factories next door to me that are closed. Burlington has been a ghost town. Mebane. And people need jobs. Meanwhile Tommy Hilfiger cheats his workers overseas and his shirts sell for $150. I believe that the factories around here could produce a shirt for, oh let's say, $140.

The "money people" need to make the most money. The people who can invest in industry choose to take their manufacturing to the cheapest places on earth for more profit.

Of course I see your point of view. I think Americans should have never lost the infrastructure to continue making our own clothes or other products. If they do farm the work out it shouldn't be to imprison a worker somewhere else. Personally I think people actually working hard and very necessary jobs should get paid more than paper shufflers. It's more important to have good plumbing than for Michael Jordan to ever have played basketball. Thank you Winsome.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Ha ha Micky I just had a vision of kids peeing against a wall so they don't miss a minute of Michael Jordan at his prime. I think they may disagree about the relative values of the two, especially if he gave them the inspiration for excellence that lifts them up enough to buy their own plumbing and a silk shirt or two by Oleg Cassini.

I think the issue is not how much you have but what you do with it. =:)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Michael just built another mansion in Florida. Screw a basketball game! That's like praising Miss America. They were born with a natural talent - for playing mostly. You go ahead. My inspiration is from the United States Marines as I think a mine sweeper is better than Jordan and all of the distraction that America drums up for us. Watching basketball and other sports makes too many people sit on a couch and watch sports. It's great for cultivating apathy!


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Micky Dee,

Your so very talented. I do not know how you do it. Great info on clothes and poetry is great. Good to stop in.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago Author

Thank you Dear Sweet Lady, and God bless the Healing Touch!


ariasnote 5 years ago

I like them breeches better than kilts. hee hee! I think what men wear is just as important as what women choose to wear. But, I have to say...I hate the pants that show when someone bends down, where the good Lord split them. :D Good poetry again, Micky Dee. Sorry I'm late for this one to respond.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago Author

Yo ariasnote! It's not kilt weather right now! Oh my! I'm not for that the "plumber's butt" either. They should at least put some tattoos down there for intertainment. God bless ariasnote!

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