After a year, my Butch at the Beach post
is still one of my most popular, but I wanted to write a couple follow-up posts to answer some great questions I've gotten from readers. Here are a few you've been asking:
- Do I need to wear anything under my shorts? Nah, not really. Personally, I like wearing a swimsuit, some tight shorts, or even plain black underwear, if my shorts are baggy. It just feels more "secure" or something. Maybe I'm an especially modest butch...
- I look stupid in shorts that go past my knees, and it seems like boardshorts are all really long. If you're not very tall and are on the slim side as well, I recommend boys' boardshorts (like these Quiksilver shorts, which go all the way down to a 22" waist!). If you're not tiny-waisted, but dislike super-long shorts (I fall into this category), I recommend Quiksilver shorts, because they tend to be an inch or two shorter than brands like Hurley and Billabong. Personally, I swim in the Quiksilver men's Rocky boardshorts (pictured right, top). Parke & Ronen is kind of a high end brand that has stylish but not-too-long boardshorts. I especially like these striped ones (right, middle), which happen to be 40% off right now. A couple other good bets include Onia (right, bottom) and Bjorn Borg boardshorts.
- The place I swim won't let us wear T-shirts in the pool. Talk to the people who run the pool. Usually the problem has to do with the material most T-shirts are made of. A basic rash guard (like the O'Neill one pictured below, which I really like) is made of nylon and spandex and doesn't contain any cotton.
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- My shirt keeps sliding up when I swim, even if I tuck it into my shorts. This, too, is a place where rash guards can help, since most of these have a little loop to let them attach to your boardshorts!
What other swimming-related questions have come up for you this summer? (I'll probably be writing another swimwear post soon and will answer as many as I can.) What tips and tricks would you give to other butches about swimwear and beachwear?
Hi friends! Sorry for the kinda-long absence. My ADD-addled brain has been preoccupied with a number of things the past few weeks, including but not limited to:
1. Finishing a profile for one of my jobs;
2. Propagating succulents;
3. Doing a big around-the-house project with my DGF;
4. Taking a bunch of photographs for a website for one of my other jobs;
5. Undergoing massive amounts of career-related identity crisis.
Anyway, I'm back now (yay! I missed you!) and was wondering what you all thought about the following topic: When, if at all, is separation based on sex ideal/necessary?
First, a few caveats. Let's acknowledge that this question is inherently problematic: cissexist, falsely essentialist, and denies the experience of intersex people. It assumes that sex is a dichotomy, which it is not. (Also, note that I'm talking about sex, not gender
So, I'm curious: What do you think about separation based on sex in the following scenarios?
When do you think that sex (or gender) separation is necessary and/or ideal? Would you be happier in a world with no sex separation?
I like supporting companies who are committed to doing social good. So when Uncommon Goods offered to send me some free stuff to check out for y'all, I said sure. The big catch is that I insist on full disclosure to you all: if I get a product free, I'll say it. If I hate a product, I'll say that, too. So here is my quick, honest look at three things from Uncommon Goods
(which is actually a site I like a lot).
First, let's take the Nerd Herder Gadget Wallet
(pictured right, $36). I was stoked about this little number, because it's handmade in the US and looked like a possible one-stop solution to my Dennis-the-Menace-style pocketfuls of stuff. The catch? It's way too big. It holds my iPhone, cards, ID, cash, and more--but it's much larger than my current wallet (which is a plain black thing--as standard and dull as you can possibly get). When it's full, it looks more like a pocketbook than a wallet (eek). It'd actually be a great gift for an edgy, purse-carrying femme (or maybe someone who always carries a bag?), but as a butch who wants to keep stuff in her pockets, I'll pass.
Okay, now we're speaking butch. These titanium multi-tool collar stays
($30; I wish they weren't made in China) won't be the best
screwdriver, bottle-opener, or thread-cutter you've ever owned, but will definitely be one of the coolest, and will perform each task the description lists. Awesome gift for a butch buddy, groomsman, dad, mom, or yourself.
Finally, don't tell my butch buddies, but I'm a bit of a sucker for those little inspirational books with dweeby personal growth exercises. (I actually find some of them quite helpful, thankyouverymuch.) 7: How Many Days
is a particularly fine example of this done-to-death genre. It includes cool little exercises designed to jar you out of your routine, brainstorm for the future, match your values to the ways in which you're living out your earthly existence, etc. If you're into it, a steal at $10.Hope these are moderately useful. What other sorts of things would you like me to review? (And if you
make or sell anything you'd like me to review, let me know
The butch bridesmaid
post I wrote past week has been getting an ungodly amount of traffic, mostly from Google searches. It seems that bunches of straight people are unclear on certain matters of etiquette when it comes to The Gays. This results in much consternation and awkwardness on their part, most of which could be easily avoided. (Note to straight people: if you're nice and well-meaning and not a homophobe, we probably won't think you're being a jerk. Trust us--we've encountered jerks, and they're not you.)Here's my best advice to straight people in various situations that seem to make everyone feel awkward. Thanks to my excellent BW Facebook fans for lots of these ideas.Situation A
: You know someone's gay and you're curious whether they're dating anyone. You know them well (maybe they're your kid, maybe your gay brother, lesbian sister, whatever). What not to do
: Say, "Do you have any new friends
?" I hate it when people refer euphemistically to my partner/DGF as my "friend," especially when it's preceded by an awkward hesitation. Something else not to do: avoid it like the plague. Act as if conversation about their romantic life is totally off-limits, even though you'd talk about it if they were dating someone of the opposite sex. What to do instead
: Ask the question exactly as you would if they were straight, except switching the pronouns where applicable. "So, are you dating anyone these days?" is totally acceptable. Situation B
: You don't understand why your lesbian friend/daughter/sister/whatever is wearing men's clothes. What not to do
: Say any of the following: (1) "But you'd look so cute
in something pink/frilly/fitted/from the women's department!" (2) "But you have such a great figure!" (3) "But those clothes are so masculine
!" What to do instead
: Respect our choices. We are well aware
that we're wearing gender nonconforming clothing. We're not doing it to hide our figure or because we think we're unattractive or because we want attention or because we don't know how to shop for women's clothing. We doing it because we are much, much more comfortable this way. Many of us actually hate standing out, but we wear gender nonconforming clothing anyway because it feels like "us." Wearing girls' stuff often makes us feel like we're in drag. It's awful. If you want to gift us with clothing, please choose something that goes with our style. If you're confused about our style, inquire further (or do not gift us with clothing). Situation C
: You don't understand how a same-sex relationship works (physically, emotionally, whatever). What not to do
: Ask, "But who's the guy?" or "How do you have sex?" What to do instead
: If you're genuinely curious, there's a plethora of info on the Internet about emotional and physical aspects of LGBT relationships. Don't put us on the spot with such heteronormative silliness. JFGI. Once you've actually made an effort to learn, your questions will be thoughtful and that will be obvious and most of us will be happy to chat about them. Situation D
: You call someone "sir," then you realize the person is female. What not to do
: Freak out. Or be awkwardly silent, as if it never happened. What to do instead
: Don't freak out. It's happened to us before, and it will happen again, and when you're butch it comes with the territory. It's fine to say, "I'm sorry," then move on. Chances are, we feel more awkward than you do. (But comping us a drink or a cup of coffee never hurts.) Situation E
: A lesbian couple announces that they're having a baby. What not to do
: Ask, "Where did you get the sperm?" or other details of how the pregnancy came about. That's on par with asking a straight couple, "Was it an accident?" Unless they offer it or
freakin' good friends, keep your curiosity to yourself. What to do instead
: Say, "congratulations!" Express joy. Attend the shower. Ask if they have a name picked out. The usual stuff. Situation F
: Two women are out to dinner. At least one of them looks like a lesbian. They're not holding hands or anything, though. What not to do
: Assume that they are on a date. What to do instead
: Make no assumptions. If they indicate they're together or hold hands or something, great--then
treat them just like you'd treat a straight couple. But I hate it when I hang out with a female friend and people think we're together just because I look butch. Situation G
: A gay person of your sex compliments what you're wearing. What not to do
: Assume they're hitting on you. Become uncomfortable. Make sure to work in a reference to your own sexual orientation immediately, just to clear up any confusion. What to do instead
: Say thanks. Situation H
: You know someone's gay because a mutual friend or co-worker told you. But then the person himself or herself tells you they're gay. What not to do
: Feign surprise so the person doesn't think they're the subject of gossip. Or worse, say something like, "You don't look gay." What to do instead
: Nod politely or say (calmly) something like, "Cool." Ask about the person's significant other like you'd do if they were straight. Bonus tips
Hope this helps. Straight readers: any other awkward situations you encounter with gay people and don't know how to deal with? Queer readers: any other situations that tend to come up in your lives?
- Don't refer to our boyfriend or girlfriend as our friend. Don't say (of other gay people), "I think she lives with a friend." Unless, of course, she really does live with someone who is just a friend, and not a romantic partner.
- If you think someone might be in the wrong bathroom, don't confidently inform them that they're in the wrong bathroom. Instead, you have two options: (1) Say nothing. (Of course, if you think it's a guy and it's a safety issue, don't go with this option.) (2) Say something like, "Hi there," or, "Isn't this restaurant great?" or, "Do you know where the paper towels are?" to get the person to respond. If it's a guy, he'll realize you're not a guy and that he's in the wrong bathroom. If it's a woman/genderqueer person/other person who is using the correct restroom, they'll respond politely and you can go about your business.
- Some of us always knew we were gay. Others of us didn't. No need to do a triple-take when I talk about my ex-husband.
- Don't talk about equal rights as if they're an inevitability and we just have to "wait" or "be patient." In most states, we can legally be fired for being gay. We can't claim our partners on our taxes. We face huge obstacles to things like adopting kids, making a will, or visiting our partners in the hospital. It's absurd and unjust. In many places, we can get harassed--or worse--for being us. If your rights were stripped away, I bet it wouldn't be much comfort to know that things would get better in a generation or two. Don't just excuse our rage; join us in it.
- It's okay to invite us to a party, dinner out, whatever, even if we'll be the only gay couple there. As long as everyone's nice and doesn't have antiquated notions about sex and gender, it'll all be copacetic.
- You don't need to tell me that your uncle/friend/cousin/niece/neighbor is gay. It's 2012, so the fact that you know other gay people isn't a big shocker. Nor does it make me feel more comfortable. You can convince me you're an ally just by being your awesome, well-intentioned self and following the advice above. :)
This post was written by Alison C. K. Fogarty, who blogs for Good Vibrations and is a PhD student in sociology! Check out her website here
I’m a 28-year-old bisexual femme living in San Francisco. I had my first sexual experiences with women in college, and while I enjoyed them, I was hesitant to identify as bisexual because these hookups occurred with men present. Involving men in the sexual events provided both me and my female partners the opportunity to explore our attractions to each other in a heteronormative context, which felt safer and less intimidating, but also somehow had me feel like it delegitimized my desire for women. I was also confused because, at that point in my life, I didn’t want a relationship with a woman and so I felt like I'd be a fraud if I identified as bi.
My last year of college, I entered a long-term monogamous heterosexual relationship and shelved my confusing feelings for women for a while. After college, I entered a PhD program in sociology to study gender and sexuality. While preparing to teach an undergrad class on LGBT identities and expressions a few years in, I came across an article called "Two Many and Not Enough: The Meaning of Bisexual Identities" by Paula Rust. Rust argues that it's not experience
that defines a bisexual identity, and that you don't have to be equally attracted to men and women to be bi, nor do you have to want the same kinds of relationships with each. It was while reading this article that I came to fully accept and own my identity as a bisexual.
While I had come out to myself, it wasn’t until my relationship ended a year later that I finally came out to others and looked to find a place for myself in the queer community--a community to whom I was already a long-time ally and advocate. (I realize that there is not one queer community, but I am resisting the pressure to further divide and exclude.) Finding acceptance in this community has proved a difficult process, and three years later, I'm still struggling. I attribute my exclusion to three dynamics, which I detail below.1. Distrust of Femme Appearance
At worst, my femme appearance can cause my queer brothers, sisters, and others to associate me with those who have judged, shamed, and bullied them. At best, I am assumed to be an obliviously privileged heteronormative ally who could never fully understand the hardships of the queer community. It is true that my ability to pass as a "normal" straight woman affords me many privileges in our society. My passability, however, also means that I often am denied access to the queer spaces I so desperately seek. Common experiences of social exclusion are the bonding adhesive of the queer community. Ironically, my inexperience with exclusion from heteronormative society means I am often excluded from the queer community.
A few weekends ago I went to SF Pride, and spent Saturday afternoon blanket-hopping from friend group to friend group in Dolores Park. When I met up with a female lover, I felt like several of her lesbian and trans friends viewed me with skepticism and mistrust, as if I was an outsider infiltrating their space. Of course, it's impossible to tell how much of my fear of being excluded colors my experience (and may even create a self-fulfilling prophecy!). Regardless, I can objectively state that I was not invited into many conversations or invited to join them in their evening Pride plans. On a day when we are supposed to celebrate love and our pride for our queerness and our community, I felt excluded, and that hurt.2. Bisexual Femme Invisibility and Delegitimization
My invisibility as a bisexual is another force that excludes me from the queer community. As a bisexual femme, I am almost always assumed to be heterosexual. When I’m out with a guy, even if he’s just a friend, I am assumed to be straight. When I’m out with a girl, I’m assumed to be straight. Even if I’m making out in public with a girl, I’m often assumed to be a slutty straight girl. It is very difficult to feel like a part of the queer community when no one knows I’m queer. I often feel like I need to shout it from the rooftops wearing my "I’m queer. Yes, seriously." T-shirt.
I end up coming out over and over again, usually facing people who doubt the legitimacy of my sexual identity. Even my mom, a liberal psychologist without a homophobic bone in her body, told me that she thought I wanted to be bisexual because I thought it was "cool." Biphobia, while often unacknowledged, is rampant. I know several closeted bi women who publicly identify as lesbians because they don’t want to face exclusion and ridicule from their lesbian friends
. The sexuality of those who identify as "straight" and "gay" is polarized to tail ends of the spectrum as bisexual behavior is effectively policed with shame by both communities. This delegitimization of bisexuality further conceals our presence in the queer community and contributes to my feelings of being excluded.
3. My Femme-Femme Relationship Preference
One last, depressingly oppressive barrier to inclusion in the queer community is my desire for femme-femme relationships. It is very difficult to find other femmes who want to date femmes, and gender dynamics have often proved difficult to navigate. My attraction to femmes is on a physical level, not necessarily on a behavioral or personality level. I want a partner who enjoys playing with the gender spectrum, sometimes taking a more submissive "bottom" role and sometimes taking a more dominant "top" role, but most often taking neither.
I recently joined OKCupid in hopes of finding a femme partner, and my experiences have not been successful. Many butch women have contacted me, and although I love their attention and the feeling of actually being seen as queer, I have not been sexually interested in them. Many women in relationships with men have messaged me, hoping that I would join them in a kinky triad, but again I am not interested. Not one femme
has initiated contact with me. So I’ve scoured the site for potential partners, vulnerably sending messages in hopes of a possible connection. Out of the many women I’ve contacted, few responded. Some told me they were looking for a more butch partner, another said she wanted to be the "only queen" in the relationship, and a few said they were open to being sexual with another femme, but did not want to date one. Only one femme was willing to meet, but after she flaked on our plans twice, I gave up. I have had such difficulty finding a femme partner, and my lack of experience contributes to my inability to access the queer community. This exclusion serves to only increase the difficulty I experience finding a femme partner, thus creating a cycle of increasing exclusion.
I decided to share my coming out story and my painful experiences of exclusion because I am committed to raising awareness and sparking dialogue around the challenges queers face in finding acceptance within our own community. Now I have some questions for BW readers:
- Have you ever felt excluded as a result of your gender presentation or sexual preferences?
- How do other identities, such as race and class, also serve as barriers to inclusion in the queer community?
- Have you ever policed boundaries, segmenting the queer community in a way that excludes members of our queer family?
- Are you willing to consider the ways in which you may have perpetrated the same intolerance you’ve experienced in your life?
Although I realize my experience and these questions may be triggering for you, I don't intend for anyone to feel defensive or alienated. Rather, I hope this trigger will generate conversations around this important issue that will ultimately serve to positively impact and strengthen our community.
Apropos of nothing. It's Monday; surely you can't expect too much of your dear BW on a Monday, can you?
Rage Against the Washing Machine
A Perfect Circular Saw
Nine Inch Nailgun
Non-Skid Row of Flooring Tiles
Mud Honeydo List
Slayer of Drywall
Stone Temple Pilot Light
Home Theater System of a Down
Sublime Scale Buildup
Black Sabbathtub Liner
Rancid Odor in the Garbage Disposal
Holy matrimony, Batman! Lately I've gotten lots of questions from brides in heterosexual weddings asking what to do with a butch lesbian bridesmaid, since many of us would rather pierce our own eyeballs with blunt toothpicks than wear a fetching dress of sea foam green chiffon. Here are some FAQs for traditional or semi-traditional brides-to-be:Q: Should I make my butch lesbian friend wear a dress if she's my bridesmaid?
A: No, no, no
. Give her that option if you want, but don't expect her to take it. You asked a butch dyke to be your bridesmaid, and you should respect who she is. If you had a male best friend and wanted him to be a bridesmaid, would you make him wear a dress? Of course not. Years later, I remain grateful to my friends E&R for inviting me to wear a suit and tie as a bridesmaid at their wedding. Q: Should I wait till she asks me what she should wear, or until she asks if she has to wear a dress?
A: No. I can guarantee you that if you've already asked her to stand by your side, but haven't told her what to wear, the poor dyke is sweating bullets in fear that she will be forced to choose between: (1) wearing a dress and feeling horribly uncomfortable; (2) pissing you off. Let her off the hook ASAP (and ideally as soon as you ask her to be a bridesmaid) by telling her that you won't make her wear anything that will make her uncomfortable.Q: But my Aunt Mildred is a devout Christian and will freak out about a woman in guys' clothes!
A: Having your butch friend wear a tie doesn't mean you're disrespecting A.M.'s religion. Explain to your aunt that you allowed your friends to wear what they're most comfortable in, and that this will help everyone enjoy your wedding. If necessary, remind her that Jesus loves everyone, no matter what they wear. Or: don't tell her in advance at all. People are usually on their best behavior at weddings, even if they're surprised by something. Q: But if my friend doesn't wear a dress, the wedding parties won't be perfectly symmetrical!
A: Oh no! They won't be symmetrical
? Holy crap--why not call the whole wedding off
Come on: When you look back at your wedding photos in 10 or 20 years, you'll think fondly of how much fun everyone had, not admire how well everyone matched. When I married my DXH, I had one of my best friends be the "usher" instead of a bridesmaid simply because he's a guy and I thought I was supposed to have the "sides" look the same. What a stupid choice! What matters is that your closest friends are by your side on your big day. Oh: and that the wedding cake doesn't suck. And that the photographer isn't wasted. And that the music is good. (See how many more interesting things there are to worry about?)Q: Okay, so what should I have my butch bridesmaid wear?
A: [Rubbing hands together] Here's the fun part! You've got a ton of options. I'll throw out a few, but be aware that the possibilities are practically endless:
Email me if you want some more detailed tips. I could even be persuaded to do a little fashion consulting on the side!Q: How do I treat my butch bridesmaid's girlfriend? Does she sit with the wedding party?
- Whatever the groomsmen are wearing.
- Pants the same color as whatever the groomsmen are wearing, with a shirt the color of the bridesmaids' dresses.
- A plain suit (men's or women's, her choice) with a plain white shirt or light grey shirt and a tie that you (or you and she) pick out to match the bridesmaids' dresses.
- The same thing the groomsmen are wearing, except with a suit vest instead of a jacket.
- Any configuration of the possibilities listed above.
A: Do whatever you're doing with your other bridesmaids' significant others. Which I hope is seating them with the wedding party, but if there's not room, people will understand--you just need to treat everyone the same.Q: If I'm giving all my bridesmaids the traditional gift you give people in your wedding party... what do I give the butch one?
A: If it's a "girly" gift that she'll hate, get her something else. (What is your hubby-to-be getting his groomsmen? That's one option.) Other ideas: a pocket knife (I'd suggest either a cool folding knife like this one
or a multitool type like this one
) , a Bespoke box of awesome
, or a set of cuff links (I love these
, and these
). Q: What about the bachelorette party and stuff? Will she feel totally comfortable there?
A: This is a hard one, because she might not, especially if she doesn't know all the other bridesmaids. But you should still invite her. If you want to do girly things, emphasize that you'd love to have her there and give her options that might make her comfortable. For example, if you're all going for manicures, tell her she's welcome to get a men's pedicure or a foot massage instead. Or, say she can come be the official photographer whenever she doesn't feel like participating (butches love having duties). If she expresses discomfort about parts of it, tell her to come to whatever parts she wants to. And no, you aren't obligated to invite her girlfriend to the bachelorette party. See? With a few small tweaks, you too can have an awesome butch bridesmaid who's stoked about her duties.How about you butches out there who have been bridesmaids at het weddings? Any tips? Happy anecdotes? Horror stories?
Much as I dislike certain creations of the men's fashion world, there is often a time and a place for, um, enthralling items like manpris (pictured right) and bolo ties (whimper). But what are these times? What are these places? I've designed a quiz to assist readers in determining the appropriate occasions for butches to frolic around in these sundry items. Match numbers with letters to complete the sentences. The answers are at the end.
It is appropriate to wear
1. a bolo tie
2. socks with sandals
3. a cravat
4. manpris or sweatpants
5. rainbow suspenders
6. a novelty tie, such as one with pictures of Santa Claus or a Looney Tunes character
7. white socks
9. a tie measuring more than four inches at its widest point
10. plastic shoes
A. you are wearing athletic shoes.
B. you are are at a Pride celebration, and/or are employed as a clown.
C. you are joking.
D. you do not leave your house.
E. you have anhidrosis.
F. it is Halloween.
G. you are a cowboy.
H. you are being deeply ironic.
I. you are British.
J. you are being exposed to sunlight.
This guest post is from J.N. Gallagher, a Butch Wonders reader who talks about his experiences and internal struggles writing butch erotica. I hope you find this as interesting and thought-provoking as I did. --BW
When the call went out for guest posts to Butch Wonders
, I was pleased to see that submissions from all genders and orientations would be considered. Whether my work is welcome is something I’ve struggled with… While I write fiction in a lot of different genres on a lot of different subjects, when I write erotica, I typically write about A) lesbians who are B) butch and C) have sex. I am also a heterosexual cis man.
Every editor I’ve corresponded with about my gender has insisted that the only thing that matters is the quality of the work. If they inquired further about my life situation, they’d find out that I was born male, identify as straight, and am married to a fabulous feminine woman. The other detail I don’t explain is that butch women get me all hot and bothered, always have and always will, and that’s why I enjoy writing about them so much.
(I guess the cat’s out of the bag on those details now.)
All of this, sadly, is part of a web of inner conflict that has challenged me since puberty. I’m heterosexual in that I am only attracted to women, but female masculinity makes my knees weak. It doesn't feel like being attracted to masculine and
feminine women would make me bisexual, though "queer" doesn't seem like quite the right word, either—it encompasses too much, while "straight" doesn't cover enough.
I've longed to be around lesbians, but I don’t want to force myself into a community that isn’t looking to have me. I want to write about this delicious type of woman that excites me, but I don’t know if I have the right to do so.
I don’t believe an author needs to be a working rancher to write a great western novel, or a Jedi Knight to write stories set in the Star Wars universe. Familiarity and direct knowledge are always beneficial, but these qualities don’t sit down and write a book by themselves.
Still, the bottom line is that I’m writing about experiences outside of my own, and I feel a connection to the material that is difficult for many people to understand. After decades of reflection, I still don’t understand it myself. And, no matter how universal the themes of my fiction might be, I’m dipping my toes into unfamiliar (and potentially unwelcome) waters. Some people might yell, "Come in! The water’s great!" Others might say, "Get lost, creep," and I couldn’t really blame them. Our identities are incredibly personal to who we are.
My question to the readers of Butch Wonders
is: Do you care about who an author is when reading fiction about butches? Does quality trump all, or would you like a piece less if you found out it was written by a heterosexual-identified, non-trans male?
If you’re wondering what my work is like, I had a story, "Officer Birch," published in Lesbian Cops: Erotic Investigations
. This anthology was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, a fact I’m very proud of. The story is not about two butches, but it’s not really a butch/femme story, either. I guess it’s just a story about a couple of characters who discover things about love, sex, and each other. These are the themes I enjoy writing about the most. Erotic fiction about butches might be the smallest part of my writing output in terms of quantity, but it's definitely the most personal to me.
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Yeah, I know you're spending most of the summer in shorts, sandals, and sunscreen, but what do you do when you need to dress up? Weddings, picnics, hot dates, and work functions are great occasions for sporting ties--but how do you do that without looking like you've forgotten what season it is?
Here are some tips to help you look awesome, dressed-up, and season appropriate all at the same time. (I also put a bunch in the Butch Store
- Instead of silk, try lighter fabrics, like cotton, seersucker, and even linen. It will keep your neck cooler and look less heavy, too.
- Check out checks. Madras (e.g., the bow tie at right) keep getting hotter. Pair with a white shirt for a nice crisp summer pop. A big bold gingham's nice, too.
- Go for light colors. Maybe you usually prefer black, grey, and dark purple ties. Me too. But summer's the time to try some new looks. Yellow, lime, and lilac are all in. You're butch enough to give pastels a shot, aren't you? ;)
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- Think skinny. In winter, I usually recommend that husky butches avoid skinny ties. But summer style is more forgiving. If you've been hankering to try a skinny tie, now's the time. If you're not sure, go narrow instead of skinny--say, 2.5-inches wide.
- Get preppy. Don't shy away from seersucker, khakis, or boat shoes. Prepsters used to have a monopoly on this stuff, but not anymore!
Check out the Butch Store
for a bunch more great ties. There's linen, cotton, orange madras, and plenty more. Have another summer fashion questions? Just drop me a line