Tuesday, March 1, 2011

this charming man

Adam Ant \\ Excerpt from Rocky Horror Show \\ David Tennant in a velvet maroon suit \\  Joseph Gorden-Levitt with cool rockabilly hair \\ David Bowie \\ Kurt Cobain \\

It has recently come to my attention that in my excitement to post things I love and inspire me in what I wear, I have totally forgotten about the men folk. So to mend this overlooked zone, I have some really rad guys who own their style. 

First off is Adam Ant who in my mind epitomises fashion - not only in regards to guys but overall. He was the poster boy for the new romantics and how could he not be? 

One of the most important things about gender and clothing in society is how it reflects on someones sexuality. And for most men they are afraid to wear certain things in fear of being considered less manly, or whatever. Without realising it, this has bothered me since the age of six. I was at school and I think it was the end of the day and I was walking past the canteen [where they also sold school uniforms] and I saw a mother, her daughter and son - the son being younger than the sister. The boy was enrolling and needed a uniform so the mother was buying a pair of shorts and shirt - but they boy had other ideas- 
"I WANT A SKIRRRRTT" he screamed on the top of his lungs "I WANT A SKIRT LIKE [insert sisters name]!!!!!" 
"Boys don't wear skirts, boys wear shorts" the mother kept saying, all flustered and looking around embarrassed.

The boy was so upset and in pain and I just didn't understand why he wasn't allowed to wear a skirt, I was really concerned for him. I forget who I was with, one of my older brothers most likely and I just kept asking why he wasn't allowed to wear a skirt and I kept the same answer the boy got from his mother "Boys don't wear skirts". It just seemed ridiculous to me because at the age of six - I hated anything girly and only wore my brothers hand-me-downs, hated anything frilly, girly, you name it - I wanted nothing to do with it. So if I could wear boys clothes why was it not okay for him to wear girls clothes? I never went through a stage where I thought guys looked stupid in anything feminine, in fact it was quite the opposite. I grew loving whenever I saw anything out of the ordinary - and I've stayed the same. Sometimes I wonder about that boy - did he end up throwing away his desire to wear a skirt in order to conform? Or did he wear skirts and accept the fact most people are idiotic enough to accept such stupid gender binaries?

Moving nicely to a man who never shied away from the chance to get all dolled up, the glam rock king himself, David Bowie. I mean, of course he was going to be on my list. He is amazing, a true legend, one of a kind, experimental and sexy as hell. 

And.... Kurt Cobain? Why? You may be asking. Well, because once again he had no problem being in his own skin. His clothes reflect who he was and that is all anybody can hope to achieve in what they wear. 

Because when it comes right down to the very bottom of it - it really doesn't matter what you wear its why you wear it that makes all the difference. 

There are plenty more boys I have missed but I will save them for next time. 

So from the wise words from Adam Ant:
"Don't you ever, don't you ever, stop being dandy, showing me your handsome,
prince charming, ridicule is nothing to be scared of"

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