Hmm. Personally, I can spot a padded bra
from a mile away. Mind you, most men can’t. I understand that it’s more of an
issue of “jatuhnya baju” for you than a matter of.. uhmmm…
deception. Especially when it comes to evening dresses and the such. I guess it
all comes down to how much padding you put there. As long as you don’t overdo
it, it should be fine.
Besides, us men are already FULLY aware
that most women come with visual deceptions. You ain’t that tall, hence the
heels. And your face doesn’t actually look like that, hence the makeup. And you
weren’t born with blue hair, that’s hair dye. And you ain’t got green eyes,
those are contact lenses. And you don’t have crooked teeth, those were just
painfully installed in your mouth. So no, we wouldn’t consider a bit of padding
to be a major breach of contract. 😉
The biggest fashion faux-pas is *working*
in fashion, and giving unsolicited fashion advice to people.
I consider it the height of rudeness; like
writers who feel compelled to correct other people’s grammar, or doctors who
offer medical advice without being asked.
If what you are referring to are garments
handcrafted by blind nuns in Ubud using cotton picked by co-op workers while
singing “kumbaya” and sold with Fair Trade seals to vegans with
unshaved armpits… sorry, I don’t know much about it.
But personally, I think when it comes to
clothing.. less is more. Buy the best pieces you can afford, instead of having
a wardrobe full of disposable impulsive fashion.
I always advise that to guys who are buying
a suit. Just buy one, and buy the best you can afford. Because each time you
get dressed for some undangan, that will be the one you reach for. Leaving the
lesser-quality cheaper ones unworn. That doesn’t do the wallet -or the
environment- any good.
If you are referring to the style of
shoes… yes, of course each guy has a personal preference. Some like strappy
high heels, some like ballet slippers, some like sneakers.
But if you are referring to the brand…
well, put it this way: the average guy would have NO idea whether it’s a Manolo
Blahnik, or VNC, or Nine West you are wearing.
I don’t know anything about women’s
handbags, let alone which would make a good investment.
But let’s not fool ourselves. We often use
the word “investment” to justify extravagant purchases.
If you wanna invest, go buy yourself some
Reksadana. If you want to look good among your female friends (and yes, that IS
justifiable), then buy yourself a nice handbag.
Notice I said “female friends”
because, frankly speaking… 95% of men are clueless about women’s handbags. Whatever
charm they have won’t work on men.
Okay, I have a confession to make:
I DON’T LIKE VICTORIA’S SECRET.
There, I said it.
I don’t like the lingerie (Garter belts and
lace is too ribet for me. Gimme Calvin Klein’s sheer minimalist underthings any
I don’t like the shows (Those wings look
really lebay. And a singer on the runway? What is this, Gebyar BCA?)
I don’t like the models (All that long-hair
come-hither blow-a-kiss thing is a real turn-off for me).
But if you put me under torture and insist
I cough-up who I like the most among them, I say Adriana Lima. Brunette and
pouty, so at least it’s a departure from the blond nordic look.
But the next time you watch a Victoria
Secret show, pay attention to that look Adriana does right before she turns on
the runway… and I dare you to tell me that it’s not the most annoying
Not a stupid question at all. It’s not an
easy one to answer though. I’m sure some fesyenistas think they pass down
trends for us peasants to follow, but it’s never that simple. If anything,
those fesyenistas also observe what people start wearing and tweak it to serve
their own purpose.
Back in the early 90’s when I was still
opinionated (ha!), I published an essay on how movies influence everyday
fashion more than any perancang mode would ever dream of. And movies do it
without even trying. Excuse the woefully-out-of-date references of the day..
but think of the bolletjes dress trend from Pretty Woman. Or the unstructured
suit jackets worn with T-shirts from Miami Vice. Or the black leather cyberpunk
look of The Matrix.
I think fashion trends are basically like
memes or viral youtube videos.. it takes a nudge and the momentum to catch on.
But yeah, nothing bugs me more than fesyenistas who go “gw udah pake itu
dari taun kapan..”, because even if it is true, it’s irrelevant anyways.
I’m the wrong person to ask. I prefer women
in ballerina shoes, flats, or sneakers. But I suppose *the average male* (which
I ain’t) prefers heels as it makes legs look longer.
My issue with heels isn’t so much the heels
themselves, but usually with what they are worn with.
We’ve all seen them.. “I accentuate my
long legs by wearing killer heels with shorts or a mini dress or a micro
skirt.” Dahling, there is no denying the beauty of your legs, but that’s
the equivalent of a guy with sculpted bulging biceps… wearing a sleeveless
Can’t say, mate. To say that Uniqlo is
above the rest is also very subjective. But if you would like my personal opinions
on why I buy one or not the other, here I go:
Topshop: Too british for my taste. I find
it to be like a younger version of Marks & Spencer.. which is too
conservative and plain for me.
Zara: The only thing I have bought there
are basic v-neck sweaters, ties, and cufflinks. Maybe I’m too old for their
target market, as I find the styles just not “classic” enough. You
can’t even find a classic suit there. Wear one of their suit jackets and you
end up looking like a k-pop boyband wannabe. Which explains why I buy my suits
at Massimo Dutti instead.
Muji: I like the brand, but I have yet to
buy clothing there. As I have mentioned before, it’s too opa2 jepang/Woody
Allen for me. And seriously, man.. if it wasn’t for the (non) brand, nobody
would ever hold it so such reverence. Or this is how I say it: if Muji does a
plain cotton shirt, those #Jakartans would go “Adem! Basic!
Classic!”. But if a LOCAL label does the same plain cotton shirt,
#Jakartans would go “Desainnya gini doang? Kok bahannya kusut? HAH! BERAPA
H&M: I’ve only bought a scarf, socks,
and winter headwear there. Oookay. Before I discuss H&M, I would like to
make it clear that I do NOT enjoy bitching about other brands. That’s what
those bitchy fesyenistas do. I’m no bitchy fesyenista. Now that we have that
out of the way, here we go. So what do people usually say about H&M?
“Murah!” I disagree. I wouldn’t say H&M is cheap.. I say their
items are “sesuai harga”. I shit you not, I can walk through H&M,
touch a shirt, not look at the tag, and guess how much it is. And I always get
it right. When a cotton shirt is 189rb, it’s definitely worth that price. And
yes, you can go to an ITC and find the same quality cotton shirt at maybe a
slightly lower price. And they have wool trousers at 750rb, which of course are
made of better quality fabric. So why can’t local brands do what H&M does?
One reason is is kamu2 #Jakartans would scoff at any local brand that sells
clothing dengan range 160rb to 3.5jt. But an import brand CAN get away with
such a wide range in pricing. Not bitching, just stating. 🙂
“Tapi pipi aku tembem”,
“leher aku pendek”, “rahang aku besar”, “jadinya keriting”,
“my forehead has horns”.
There is not a single excuse that I have
not heard. And I consider them all invalid.
Does that answer your question?