A Knight In Shining Armani
Ok, I don’t think I’m alone here, but I like guys who know how to dress. For me, the “perfect guy” would know how to dress well, walk well, and smell good. By the last one I don’t just mean actually acquaint himself with soap, he has to be able to wear a scent that works with who he is. And those are just the physical things that I like about guys… I won’t even get into the details that I look for personality wise et cetera (because it would continue ad infinitum and slowly proceed into the ad nauseam sector which is dangerous territory)
I know that I, personally, have a rather high standard when it comes to choosing a mate, probably because like many people my age I have a tendency to imagine them all looking like a favourite actor, and acting like a mix of favourite characters. I get so involved with films and books and shows that I tend to imagine that every guy I like must (absolutely must) be as clever and funny and classy as the characters that I love. I know that, I acknowledge it (hi, my name is Val and I am a junkie for smart sexy fictional men…) and I have lowered my standards to fit with real life. But lately I’ve found that I also have to lower my standards for appearance too.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way a superficial person. I would never disregard someone by the way they looked. But I find it so hard to find a guy that dresses well lately that I find myself turning into a puddle of happy noises at the sight of a well-cut suit on a well-shaped body. Seriously. And I don’t even have a thing for businessmen… just their dress sense. And the way they carry themselves, holy damn. Plus, ties. I think ties are my weakness (along with suspenders, Chuck Taylors, Doc Martens, torn denim and aged leather) and they are such versatile things when you’re not wearing them *wiggles eyebrows*
I don’t get fashion, I really don’t, (haute couture makes no sense to me and more often than not makes me laugh rather than go “my, my, that’s an impressive ensemble”) but some things just look good and that’s undeniable. These things, in my opinion, are:
1) A well cut suit. It has to fit perfectly in all the right places. I love dark suits with a bright tie or pocket square and a light shirt. Alternatively, a light suit with a dark shirt and similarly-coloured tie. Cuff links and tie clips optional, albeit smiled upon. A vest is very much appreciated, and pinstripes are a winning combo always.
2) The ability to wear above-mentioned suit in a casual way; ie. sleeves rolled up mid-arm, tie slightly undone and top two buttons popped. Holy damn.
3) Fitted denim, boots, solid-coloured shirt (preferably classic colours like black and white and the primaries), worn leather jacket and wrap-around sunnies.
4) Scarves. Scarves are the accessory of the century for me… they can be worn in so many ways with so many things and there are so many styles of them that you just can’t actually go wrong here. Unless you try really REALLY hard.
5) High-collared woolen winter coats.
6) Collared shirts. These never get old, people, never. Especially when worn with skinny ties.
7) Layering. Leather jacket over vest, over half-buttoned check shirt, over bright/patterened teeshirt. Yuuum.
8) The ability to mix modern with classic: dress-denim under a suit jacket, teeshirt under a suit jacket, mixed patterns etc.
9) Vests. I love me my vests. Button-down, knitted, patterned, form-fitting…
Now, why did I get into this? Ah yes… The lack of well-dressed men my age around the city. The way people dress lately is terrible (in my opinion). Especially the guys. Most walk around as though they just rolled out of bed and walked out of the house. And one thing I truly madly deeply HATE about New Zealand’s proximity to the beach is that people get the idea that they can walk around in shorts and jandals EVERYWHERE and that it is somehow appealing. Newsflash for guys who do this: it’s not. Obviously there are tons of things to consider here: body shape, financial circumstances, age; but at the same time people should attempt to look good whatever their circumstances, right?
I mean, I have learned (the hard way, sometimes) that there are things that I cannot wear and look good in, no matter how hard I try or how much I want to. One of these things is skinny jeans. And no matter how envious I am and how much I whine at people who look so damn good in them, I know that I look like crap when I wear them, and I look absolutely hilarious when I try to get myself out of them (if, on a whim in a store, I miraculously get myself into them to start with, which is one mean feat). And I have resigned myself to that, and wear other things that I look good in. Why can’t other people do the same?? Why?
I’m not even asking for guys in suits (yea, ok, I am, but not at uni) just for guys to wear full jeans instead of cutoffs (in freaking WINTER), more-fitted-less-slept-in shirts, collared shirts layered over teeshirts, boots instead of jandals… something presentable that will turn a girl’s head and make her notice, not turn a girl’s head and make her think “I hope he never passes his genes on to the next generation”. Our generation is bad enough fashion-wise as it is, we shouldn’t make it worse for the next one.
*phew* OK, rant over. I feel so much better you have no idea.
Hokay… so… new stuff…
—> I changed my header!! Guess who my new coverboy is! He’s appeared in this post already ^^
—> The Very Literal Contest is still in full swing, and will be in full swing till October 31st. So if you’re a vidder, or would like to try your hand at it, then go for it!!
—> Life is slowly working its way down the dip in the sine curve again but somehow I’m happier than I have been for a while.
That’s pretty much the whole kit and kaboodle till next Cas day. 36/37 days till Supernatural!
Movie: About to watch “The Wind That Shakes The Barley”
Show: Friends, season 4
Music: Young Heretics album “We Are The Lost Loves” (still) although a specific song that I like lately would be “Where Do We Draw The Line” by Poets of the Fall
Book: Beetle in the Anthill – The Strugatsky Brothers