Thursday, September 16, 2010

Link Thursday: 10 Things He's Thinking About Your Clothes

Whenever I go shopping, I tell myself I'm buying stuff to make me feel and look good. To the hubby (and the prime money supplier!), I usually say, "so I'll look great for you". His reply is usually around the lines of "clothes are clothes, woman. As long as you're wearing something, I don't care if it's a potato sack or a designer label!"

Well, yeah - I married a Caveman. If I didn't take him shopping for his clothes, I'm sure he'd end up in a potato sack or something!

Clothes are just clothes... Yeah, right! The day I gobble that up without a fight you know I've had a serious nervous breakdown!

That being said, not all men are Cavemen - and hint here - your hero usually isn't one too. He does need to notice what the heroine is wearing (even if his plan is to get her out of said clothes. Be realistic - we write romance with heat too!).

So what do the 'normal' blokes out there think of clothes on a woman? What impresses them, and what makes them go "eek!"?

I didn't know yet what to post as Link today but when I opened my inbox, the Windows Live Homepage had this little link buried alongside my Inbox notifications. One look and I knew I just had to share (especially considering I just bought a dress last Saturday and had been treated to the eye-roll at the shop, and said eyes did pop out the next morning when I wore the dress to go out. Nothing like some girly validation for satisfaction!).

So, the article comes from my article bible - by now you know that's the MSN Lifestyle pages! The stuff is written by a bloke, Michael Reilly, and features quips from real live blokes from around the world.

Here's the link if you want to see the slideshow with pics of the celebrities wearing the clothes:>1=32002


10 Things He’s Thinking About Your Clothes

Think catty girls are the only ones who size up a woman’s outfit? Wrong. Turns out the guys have plenty to say about what you’re wearing–and what they’d love to see you in. Here, what he’s thinking about your clothes, according to 10 very honest dudes.

by Michael Reilly

1. Seriously, what is up with the leggings?
First, girls were wearing black tights or leggings only under shorts or skirts. Then, the shorts and skirts disappeared. Now tights are the new pants. Not even just for nightlife. It’s so common, it’s confusing. —Geoff, 37

2. If you skip the girly dress thing for a night, I won’t mind.
I like it when girls wear little leather jackets with the sleeves rolled up. That’s hot in cool way. I like styles that don’t make the woman look fragile. Cowboy boots work too. —Raffa, 29

3. That buttoned-up shirt is like a big red stop sign.
I’m all about the neckline. I find that women with tight collars are stuck-up and closed-off, just like women wearing sweaters are cold—and not in the temperature way. —Chris, 35

4. Lacy bras are nice and all, but going braless ain’t too shabby either.
This morning I was going down the stairs to the subway when this girl was coming up. She wore a T-shirt three times too big. I saw that the collar was cut out and her shoulder was sticking out: no bra. I turned at the bottom of the stairs and watched her all the way out of sight. I was running late today; I’m planning on running late again tomorrow. —Daniel, 28

5. Are you a Jackie or a Marilyn?
I love a woman in a bathing suit. Specifically, I like the bottoms that have a thicker waist and show enough of the butt, but not the whole butt. A lady gets points for being a lady. —Alexander, 34

6. If only that LBD of yours were a little more R-rated.
There’s nothing sexier than a woman in a long black dress with a low-cut back and a slit from high up all the way down the leg. Heels of course. —Ben, 32

7. Is that silk?
During a summer like this, I’ve noticed a lot of women wearing thin, delicate fabrics. I like it when you get the impression of a woman’s silhouette through a garment. It makes movement seem languid. —AndrĂ©, 42 (Editor’s note: This romantic comment comes from a Frenchman, natch.)

8. Are you ever going to let go of that bag?
I appreciate it when a girl’s outfit “breaks down” over the night—her jacket comes off, a button comes undone, then her hair comes down. It’s nice when a date lets you know she’s comfortable and is having a good time. I just don’t know why they never let go of their purse, even on the dance floor. —Alan, 34

9. Dressing like your friends is a definite DON’T. Ditto for strapless tops.
I can’t stand it when groups of girls go out together all wearing the same thing but slightly different. Everyone has on a black skirt and high heels, but different-color tube tops. Tube tops are ugly, by the way. —Paul, 22

10. There’s a fine line between tempting and tacky—walk it if you dare.
Lots of women play it safe with their clothes. So you have to give her credit if she stands out with something like fishnet tights, a really short skirt or parts of her bra showing. (Just not all at once.) —Steven, 22


Eye-opening, innit?

So let's recap:

1. Leggings are a no-no. Especially with no skirt.
2. Dress a little tough - the girly-girl is not a hit every single time!
3. Buttoned collar = frigid vibe (???) What do you do if your clothes' style, like a chinese dress, has a buttoned collar?
4. Ditch the bra (we knew this one, didn't we? Sigh...)
5. Don't go Brazilian-thong-beach-babe on the beach. Some coverup is sexier!
6. Glamorous dress = Jessica Rabbit but in black, not red!
7. Wear flowy - make him guess your shape (it's all in the conquest with guys, it seems!)
8. Don't strike up a simultaneous love affair with your purse/handbag. Choose - man or bag (and that choice is difficult, I know. I'm tempted to say... bag wins...)
9. Strike for individuality - don't get lost in the posse visually. And tube tops are bad, apparently.
10. Some sexy is good - a little too much is overkill.

What'd'ya think, ladies? Or guys (since some guys drive by this blog too, apparently!)?

From Mauritius with love,



Unknown said...

Sexy overkill...I see a bit too much of that these days, sometimes to the detriment of my eyesight. And who knew, blokes don't totally dig it :-D. Pretty cool article. I can also add another one. Judging from my caveman, guys often don't care if you wear heels or not, as long as you keep up when they're whizzing through the crowd on a busy street. The braless point, alas, true. If I tried to pull that one I would probably have to wear "them" thrown around my neck, like a scarf. I'm curious about the dress you bought :-D.

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Angela! So agree on the sexy overkill part. Summer coming in full force here and we get to see too much of that.

Good point about the heels (mine goes, shoes are shoes, as long as they've got a sole... Yeah, right!)

The dress is a maxi-length pleated number with a jewelled halter-top neckline. :)

Thanks for the commment! Hugs

Linda LaRoque said...

Fun post, Zee. Interesting to see the different perspectives of men. Loved the comment about the over big tee shirt with the neck cut out. He didn't know they made tops like that on purpose.

Sandy said...

Hey Zee,

Interesting post. Once you been married as long as I have been he doesn't even notice what I wear or don't wear. lol

Of course, he notices everyone else. Wink! Especially, the young gals.

Doin' It Myself said...

If mine thinks I don't have a special enough dress for an occasion that's coming up, he takes me shopping... and sits there and helps me pick! He also buys me sparklies... I'm spoiled. Of course, he doesn't think stained clothes are a big deal... you can always wash it, and if it don't come out, go buy new, and when you stain those, buy more. I'm all... "!!!" Is ok tho. He loves me! And he notices EVERYTHING I wear... and tells me how sexy I look in it. :D The potato sack might be kind of hot for roleplaying!

Zee Monodee said...

Hey Linda

Great to see you drop by! Lol, I thought the guys' perspective was kinda nice, really helpful for us since it helps us paint 'real' guys better.

Very true about the t-shirt! These are really sexy and nice to wear in summer.


Zee Monodee said...

Hey Sandy

No need for being married a long time! Mine didn't even notice what I was wearing on our second date! :)
But thankfully he is the 'blissfully unaware' type of bloke. Everyone could wear potato sacks for all he notices!


Zee Monodee said...

Doin' It Myself,

Well, what a lucky girl you are, you! Like I just told Sandy, mine didn't notice what I was wearing on our second date. I'm afraid to think *shudder* he didn't even check me out! But I think he'd already decided to marry me back then, so guess I can't hold it against him. :)

Lol @ idea about the roleplaying potato sack! Good premise for a hilarious love scene in a book!

Big hugs, and lol, hang on to that shopping-loving man!

bestsexymodel said...

love it ............the most precious one...........!!!


Zee Monodee said...


Thanks for the comment!