Thursday, January 01, 2009

This is Cam Gigandet...



He is wearing a skirt. And argyle stockings. And strappy boots. And the piece de resistance: a twee little man-purse.

What do we make of this?

Well, first… I liked Cam in Twilight, even though he only had like five lines. He was adequately smoldering and shirtless during his brief appearances on screen so I say job well done.

But this…

Ok, let’s deconstruct.

First of all, this is an actual kilt. My first reaction when I saw it was to say, OMG he’s wearing a pleated skirt. (I don’t have any kind of problem with men in skirts/dresses/all forms of non-pants; actually, I think it’s kind of awesome, but it has to be done right…the man skirt surfaces every year in one form or the other, but it has yet to really catch on). But what Cam is wearing, I believe, is a Utilikilt. Yeah, I know right? Who even knew? But apparently they exist.



So, Okay, it’s a kilt. Maybe it’s the fact that it falls above the knee, as opposed to below the knee which is wear a kilt would normally fall, that makes Cam look like he’s about to enroll in a particularly progressive Catholic school. I still think it looks like a skirt.

Second, those socks. God I hope they’re socks. They’re either knee-highs (what time does the bell ring, Sister Mary Francis?) or stockings, but because of the kilt, they are dangerously close to looking like tights, which is probably more than I can handle. Then again, tights would be the polite thing to do, especially if he’s wearing the kilt the way nature intended.

The boots are a stroke of genius, though. They add a touch of masculinity to a look that is careening recklessly towards cross-dresser, so I have to give that one to him.

Now, I can totally get behind the man-purse, or murse. I wish the world would just get over it. I hate stuffing all my crap into my pockets! No wonder I’m so attached to my hoodies – I can store my whole universe in the kangaroo pouch. I wouldn’t have to resort to a dumpy looking hoodie if the world would let me carry a purse. As it is, I carry a bag most of the time (my pockets just can’t accommodate my iPod, checkbook, lunchtime reading, camera, etc.), but it’s like a gymbag, for god’s sake. I used to carry a sleek, leather messenger bag, but I got tired of the nasty looks. I got tired of telling people around here that in the big cities, ALL MEN CARRY BAGS LIKE THESE! So, I’m totally on his side on the murse issue.

When you add everything together… it’s a look. I don’t hate it. He’s still hot. But I’m almost positive he dressed like this to stir up the paparazzi.

So, as I approach him to pin this Red Badge of Sartorial Courage upon his chest, I’m also asking him if this was some sort of dare, and if so I hope it was worth it.

6 comments:

Erin G said...

haha! I LOVE your thoughts on the man purse!! (mark would probably agree but he would never admit it.)

Mary said...

My Hubby tried on a Utilikilt once. He thought they were pretty cool, but kind of expensive. I think they are supposed to come to just above the knee, so Cam is wearing it right. I want to know where he got such long argyle stockings for a guy. It's hard enough to find knee-highs and long stockings for women.

As for the murse, I think all guys should start carrying them. They have just as much stuff to hang onto as women do. Hubby found a sporran on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sporran

Maybe if murses were called sporrans, they'd be more accepted by society.

SpartanburgSpark.com said...

Call me unimaginative, but I'm in the less-is-more camp when it comes to stuff to carry around, and have never seen why a man purse would be any better than, say, a backpack.

By the way ...

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Ryan D. said...

@ Erin - Mark is so ahead of his time, isn't he, whether he admits it out loud or not...

@ Mary - I guess I was making assumptions as to the proper wearing of a UTILIKILT based on the photos on the website. Those guys look butch, whereas Cam looks like he's about to attend a semi-formal dance... with a dude. And those sporrans are kind of neat, but I don't think my town is ready for those, either ;-)...

@ Spark - I don't carry a backpack because I'm not 15 years old and late for study hall!! But having said that - I agree with you. I have no inclination to carry an actual purse, which is why I carry a simple messenger bag. It's a compromise, really.

Anesha said...

Hi Nice Blog . I don't really know a lot about Knee or art, but that's just my 2 cents. Really great job though, Krudman! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

People are fixated on "if a man really wants to wear a skirt, it has to be a kilt." Are women being told there's only one trouser version they can wear? For those who think "it has to be ethnically associated" there's still the Balkan "fustanella," many versions of which have been called petticoats or tutus. Kilts are bordering on passe; other styles need representation.