Fashion Friday: Men in Stripes?

I like to say that Andrew has been my most successful makeover.  I’ve taken him from tapered acid wash jeans and mandals to dark wash slim denim and sleek leather lace ups.  But even though he now dresses WAY better, there are still some things we don’t agree on.  The number one thing that comes up over and over: horizontal striped tops and sweaters.  There is only one known incident in which Andrew has worn a horizontal stripe sweater and it was 1) forced and 2) while in Newport, so in other words, the only setting in which he felt it was maybe okay. (I’m gonna get in so much trouble for posting this)…

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(he’s drinking so much to forget he’s wearing the sweater)

And the whole time he was wearing it he could be heard muttering “I look stupid”, as if I made him wear a hot pink wrap dress to cocktail hour.  The only exception to this rule are striped polo golf shirts, which somehow are the ONLY allowed exception to this “no horizontal stripes” rule.

I however, think stripes look cute on guys! If i manage to get Andrew to even try something on like that it goes a little something like this:

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: For Him

Guys can be hard to buy for beyond video games, sports equipment and TV’s.  Here are some ideas for him that might help you get him something a little different this year.

1) Awesome made in Maine suede loafers in a cool navy.

2) Boston’s own Bully Boy spirits– pick your poison.

3) The book ALL men (and women) should read.

4) A cool speaker for his iPhone/iPod.

5) A classic leather band watch.

6) Every guy looks so dapper in a velvet blazer for the holidays.

7) A way cool overnight /gym bag.

8)  A place for him to keep his notes on world domination.

9)   A plaid shirt in unexpected colors.

10)  Really funny matches to keep in the bathroom.

11)  An iPone powered alarm clock.

12. The coolest bottle of tequila ever. Looks fierce on a bar.

13. He needs to use products. Break him in with this travel set.

14. Cool art, like this print of all the outdoor basketball courts in NYC.

Andrew’s Response…

I had to post my dear, funny hubby’s response to today’s post below

Here is the problem men have with these items:

Lucite: It’s plastic. As a chair, plastic is a pretty uncomfortable material…not a whole lot of lucite mattresses out there. As a table it looks like Miami Vice from the 60’s. You see through it so we might run into hit ( a hazard) and it shows the crumbs underneath the coffee table. The last time we liked plastic tables we were kids and they were made by Playskool.

Tulip table: First off there is the name…not really manly. Second, it looks like it will tip over when put our elbows on it (hello…hazard). Third it is round, which for most men doesn’t scream dinning table…they are rectangular.

Armless Chair: We will fall out of it (yet again, a hazard).

So it all comes down to safety really.
As for the throw pillow situation….just look at this REAL news story from a couple days ago! Unbelievable!!!!


Furniture Men Hate

In the past few years I have learned a few things, some life lesson, some business skills and the far reaching fact that most husbands of my clients HATE four things: The Saarinen Tulip Table, Armless Chairs (specifically of the Barcelona variety) and Anything Lucite…and their most hated accessory THROW PILLOWS!  I cannot explain to you why this is, just state the fact that it is so.

1) The Tulip Table–  I have NO IDEA of all these three things why the design masterpiece that is the Tulip table is hated by so many men.  It’s not feminine in material or design (in my opinion) but is in fact STONE and METAL! Things men love! Raaaawwwrrrr! I have had THREE client husbands in the past year alone veto this out of design projects! Whhhyyyyy??

2) Armless Chairs– I think when men see a chair they think “how would it feel to watch football in this?” and therefore they think that all slipper or armless chairs are pointless. Even the Barcelona chair, which is again, METAL and LEATHER (Rawwwwrrrr!) does not change their minds about this.  My husband refuses to allow a (faux) Barcelona chair on the premises unless it’s in our bedroom to hold my mound of clothes (he is a neat freak and would NEVER).  The lack of arms almost always means I’ll be getting an email to find new options.

3) Lucite– Oh lucite. One of the most polarizing materials in design.  It in fact caused one of the most explosive arguments of my entire marriage in which I actually stormed out of a restaurant on Andrew. It went a little like this:

Me: I think I’m going to order a lucite console for the entry.

Andrew: What’s lucite?

Me: You know, thick clear plastic.

Andrew. No.

Me: What? Why?

Andrew: Because we don’t live in an episode of Miami Vice, that’s why.

Me: You don’t know what you are talking about, I’M THE DESIGNER!

Andrew: But it’s OUR house and I hate it.

Me: But our house is where I show off my skills! It’s my laboratory! Don’t stifle my creative work!

Andrew: No. It’s hideous.

Me: You’ll like it.

Andrew: No I won’t.

Me: I’m getting it.

Andrew: I will throw it out.

Me: (gets up and storms out- might have something to do with the three Sangria Margaritas I had, because I got to the curb and realized we had valet parked and Andrew had the ticket…..Ruh-Roh).

I think that clearly illustrated the strong opinion men have about lucite.  They also cannot FATHOM paying $400 for a chair made of plastic. Which I will agree is a bit silly. But still, nothing funks up a room (in a good way) better than lucite!

4. Pillows– I nearly forgot this one, but thanks to a reader reminder I can very enthusiastically state that the most hated home accessory of men is the throw pillow.  They do not understand the need for more than 2 on any given large piece of furniture.  Especially on beds. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to explain the need for sleeping pillows, euro shams, regular shams and then accent pillows to men. They get exasperated, as if removing these pillows is simply too exhausting to bear!  They look puzzled and pained when presented with too many pillows.  If they could, I think they would stab pillows to death.

So, any insight into why I’ve had repeated negative feedback on these items from men??