As a bit of a companion piece to my last post, I’d like to submit for your enjoyment His Black Dress, the blog of Mr. Spookshow, a fella who enjoys pushing the boundaries of what men are “allowed” to wear, from the perspective of everyday fashion. He rocks a variety of looks, from the merely kilted:
To full-on ladies’ wear:
It’s interesting to see a man writing about clothing in the same way female fashion bloggers do. I realized, reading his work, that women’s outfits are fundamentally assembled differently than men’s. The wider range of options and possibilities in women’s clothing create a complex mix-and-match in which multiple good possibilities exist. This seems like the classic problem of “Well, I didn’t believe it when women said it, but now that a man does, I think there’s something to it!”, but I think it’s actually a little subtler. There’s a lot of things, like the assembly of female-gendered outfits, that are easy to take for granted and not really examine. When our expectations and perspectives are shaken up, as by this high-testosterone fellow, we often see things more clearly.
So yes, male outfits simply aren’t assembled in the same way, from the same range of possibilities. When men are getting dressed up, that generally means a suit, which means the pants and jacket are inseparable, which in turn narrows the possibilities down to shirt and tie, and those have to fall within a pretty small range. Yes, other looks exist, but there’s no comparison in terms of allowable potential combinations. I really admire Mr. Spookshow for stepping outside the boundaries of what’s supposed to be possible, and frankly I’d like to see more men do the same.
Also, I bet you folding money that a significant percentage of the women reading this are squeeing themselves blind over this guy right now. So, y’know, that’s a factor too.