Ask Belle: Do Tough Guys Wear Purple?
Jan 13, 2011
I hate shopping. But my girlfriend wanted to pick up something last Sunday so we dropped into Nordstrom before we went to lunch. Next thing I know, I’m in the men’s department trying on clothes. I probably tried on 30 items, and just to stop the madness I bought a pair of jeans–which, come on, they’re jeans–and she talked me into a purple sweater. She says it’s “eggplant.”
Now, I own this thing and I don’t know what to wear it with. But I have to wear it, or it will be a thing.
Do Tough Guys Wear Purple?
I laughed my head off when I received this e-mail. Mostly, because the signature line is hysterical. But also, because this poor guy thinks they just “dropped in” to a department store and just wound up trying on clothes.
I’m not saying she planned this for weeks, but I am saying that the second you stepped foot in that mall, you were going shopping. Your girlfriend’s premeditated, men’s department drive-by aside, this is a very common problem.
Girlfriend/Wife/Mom buys you a piece of clothing and now you have to wear it, but you don’t know how. This is especially problematic if the piece in question is either an odd color, a bold pattern, or outside of the box in any way. But, yes, tough guys do wear purple. (And pink.)
If you’re going to give a new outfit a test flight, you don’t do it at work. If I want to try something new, I wear it to dinner, to church, or break it out for Saturday errands. This way I can decide whether it works for me without the fear that I’m embarassing myself in a professional setting. Here’s an outfit that would be great for a Saturday night dinner date.
Arrow Hanger, $40
Shades of Grey 2-Button Slim Fit Blazer Graphite Tweed – Zappos.com…, $198
Light Purple Men’s Izod Short Sleeve Shirt | The Purple Store, LLC $32