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I'm Joining The Cult of Arlo Weiner

Arlo-weiner-1 When I saw this picture of eight-year-old Arlo Weiner and the story about his eclectic wardrobe, the first thing I wanted to do was hug him. The second thing I wanted to do was give him a big, heavy baseball bat to ward off all the schoolyard bullies that were probably trying to kick his ass after school. Then I read that he's the son of Matt Weiner, creator of the TV series Mad Men, and I realized little Arlo probably goes to an expensive private academy where his creative, outlandish wardrobe is revered on the playground.  Let’s face it – elementary school kids are not the most tolerant bunch, and an outfit like this on most campuses would likely get him an atomic wedgie every single day.

Arlo, who is named after singer Arlo Guthrie, apparently first got bitten by the fashion bug at the age of three when he asked his parents for a top hat. Since then he's created his own fashion-forward wardrobe with such pieces as fedoras, clip-on ties and vests. According to Weiner lore the rocker Beck once followed Arlo down the street because he was so intrigued by the kid's head-to-toe plaid outfit. (Then again, hasn't everyone in L.A. been followed by Beck at least once?)

I am seriously in awe of Arlo's uninhibited creativity. You've got to read some of his quotes to really appreciate his amazing sense of style and his brilliant fashion sense.  How many third graders do you know who even know what an ascot is? When was the last time your kid gave any thought to what pattern goes best with argyle?  Not to mention how brave Arlo is - there aren't many kids, let alone adults, who would have the guts to wear crushed velvet pants. With suspenders.

I'm jumping on the Arlo Weiner bandwagon now. I think in a few years, Arlo Weiner will be the name on every fashionista's lips. He'll be the only twelve-year-old with his own shop on Rodeo Drive, the only designer who can only drink juice boxes backstage at Fashion Week. There'll be an Arlo Weiner episode of Oprah, and when he swaggers on stage in his pleated trousers and cuff links all the women, including Heidi Klum who is in the audience, will fall to their knees and kiss his loafered, tween feet.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Arlo doesn't lose his courage and buckle to conventional schoolyard fashion. I'd hate to think that one too many taunts about his madras pants will someday send him running to Abercrombie for a khaki hoodie and a pair of beige chinos, or that we'll see him in his fifth-grade picture and he's wearing a Pokémon tank top and a Dodger's cap.

Stay strong Arlo!  Viva la fashion!  Viva la Arlo!

Here is some more of Arlo's fabulousness:


"I have a lot of black outfits these days, so I needed the red ascot to add some color. I love red and black together—they each make the other stand out. I’ve worn this to school about 12 times."


"I thought the sunglasses would go well with the pants because they’re both gold. The tie on my neck—that used to be the belt for my bathrobe, but I shortened it and turned it into that. I put the tie with the jacket because I liked the patterns together. My grandma gave me the cane. I thought it looked good with the pants."


"This is my favorite outfit. The tie is a regular tie, but I tied it like that because I’ve seen it done that way in old English movies. Even though the tie and the jacket are different colors, they’re both striped, so I thought they looked right together. And I wore the vest and pants together because they’re both shades of red."

If you're besotted with Arlo like I am, and I know you are, click here to see the rest of his wardrobe.

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INCREDIBLE! I am in LOVE with this kid!!


Wow! This kid is awesome!

I had thought it both hilarious and awesome when The Boy told me about his nephew racing home from school so he could change out of his tshirt/jeans into his dress shirt and tie. EVERY DAY. Arlo takes that to another level altogether!


Holy freakin' Moly. This kid is the snazz! He kinda-sorta reminds me of a young Max Fischer. Definitely more creative in the closet but his clothes have that same old world feel that Max gave off in Rushmore. Can we start a fan-club for this kid? Does he already have one? Can I join? The world needs more original young folks like this. Color me enamoured...


I want to be him, or at least have his outfits in my sizes.

The only kids I know around this age have to be reminded that horribly dirty sweatpants are for feeding the pigs and digging in the dirt, and if you're going to the comic book store with your favoritest cousin (which would be me) you need to clean up first.


My dachshund's name is Arlo. Arlo the Wiener. More of a gastronome than a fashionista.


I fall to the ground groveling at his coolness!!! Hell,just his name is enough to make me a fan!! I hope he uses his cane to whomp any snarlyass brat who dares to try and soil his fashion sense..This kid is badass!!


I can't believe there's not a Facebook page for him already so that people can be fans. XD Not too be too cynical, though... kid is rockin' for sure.

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