Ever since I worked at a clothing store in Soho many, many years ago, where I had to sound like I knew something about fashion, I’ve been tickled by the use of the singular as it pertains to items of clothing that we usually discuss in the plural, as in, “you’re going to want to pair this blouse with a simple, high-waisted pant.”
It never gets old.
Anyway, I was just reminded of this upon visiting Michael Kors’ website, where it reads:
“Highlight any look with a notable nude sandal.”
I mean, come on — why phrase it that way? The only purpose it seems to serve is to make oneself sound as though one has some sort of elite way of speaking about fashion, but it’s just so silly that it comes across as a parody of itself.
And besides, who other than self-important salesclerks and Anna Wintour have you ever heard use the phrase “a pant”? No one. That’s who.