Sunday, 5 October 2003
|2206 - Why are tights on a guy so worthy of comment?|
I've taken to answering the usual questions I get when going out in garb ("Where's the play?" or "Are you going to a renaissance festival?") with "No, I always dress like this." Usually, people laugh it off, and then I explain what's going on.
Yesterday morning, I went to the gas station next door to the restaurant we were having breakfast at to use the ATM. I was wearing the outfit in the icon. The clerk asked me "Where's the play?" "What play? I always dress like this." She looked flustered and disbelieving. "Not really...there's a renaissance festival in Avoca." "Oh. Don't scare me like that." We talked for a bit more...she said she doesn't often see men wearing tights, so she wasn't used to the idea.
Last night, we had dinner with friends at a little restaurant in Avoca. As I was leaving, after telling the manager about the faire while paying the bill, I walked out...and some guy shouted "Put some pants on!" at me. I turned, but couldn't tell who it was.
This morning, we went back to the same restaurant next to the gas station, and I used the same ATM, in front of the same clerk. I was wearing a new outfit that I hadn't worn to faire before. (Front, side, and rear views.) She told me "Now that I've seen you before, you look pretty good in those tights." I thanked her. (Being told one looks good in tights is always good for the ego.) We talked some more...I bemoaned the fact that a man can't wear tights without causing comment, and noted that it was quite comfortable, with which she agreed. She was definitely a convert.
I've complained about this before in other forums, but I think it's grossly unfair that a woman can go out dressed in a Renaissance-era dress and not draw comments, but a guy wearing tights is the object of everyone's attention. That kind of thing was what men normally wore in the 1500s. (Well, plus or minus materials. I suspect they'd have killed for cotton-lycra blends.) If I thought I could get away with it, I'd wear a T-shirt and tights as my normal, knocking-around-town outfit. Unfortunately, I doubt that I could do so without utterly destroying my, and Paul's, standing in the community.
current mood: jealous
I like the new outfit more!
I'm sorry, can you say that again? It's hard for me to pay attention or take you seriously when you're wearing tights.
I think you're being your usual sarcastic self...but I'm genuinely curious. Why does a guy wearing tights produce this kind of reaction?
Ah, you see, if you're doing ren faire, I think tights are just fine indeed! (Or, if you're wearing a Tron suit!) But I think most guys - and a heck of a lot of gals - just don't have the physique to carry off tights as daily work/casualwear!! I hope you weren't offended, btw, by my featuring you on my blog! My sister and I think you're too cool - we LOVED your appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, by the way. Cheers from chilly DC, Merujo
Offended? Not at all. Believe me, what you said is nothing compared to what some folks have said about me...