Tuesday, October 24, 2006
As a kid I adored Halloween. Mostly, for the candy.
As a woman I adore Halloween, mostly for the eye candy.
There is just something about a man in costume. My theory? This why we read and write historicals-- to see and appreciate men in tights and armor and heavy, padded doublets and elegant frock coats and cloaks and knee-high boots that make their legs look scrumptious.
Yeah, I'll admit. . . my favorites were always the guys with big boots. Pirates, soldiers, musketeers, cowboys. Give me a man in a pair big glossy hessians and I'm butter.
But I'm also a sucker for form-fitting wear. . . tights, super-hero spandex, snug 19th century trousers, form-fitting leathers of all descriptions. Probably came from watching Erroll Flynn in the old "afternoon movies" when I was young. And I have to acknowledge the thrill I get from seeing a man in a kilt.
Did I ever tell you about my trip to Scotland and that little incident at the changing of the guard at Edinborough Castle? No? Good. You won't hear it from me. But really, who could blame me? I'm sure they have to remove and sedate women all the time. . .
My theory is that contemporary heroes still wear costumes. . . which we modern women find just as appealing as the historical ones. It's just that they're deadly serious about their costumes and tend to call them "uniforms." It doesn't matter what they call them; they have the same effect. They set they guys apart, they accentuate the positives, and give them a sexy air of purpose and authority. Potency deluxe.
Case in point:
Would this guy be anything special without the SWAT tactical vest? It makes him look beefier, more capable, and slightly more. . . dangerous.
Or this guy:
Okay, I admit. . . without his "costume" he'd still be a LITTLE hunky. But that axe and the lowered suspenders. . . they pretty much make him irresistible, right?
Men in costumes. sigh. This is my time of year. Oh, and as a glimpse of things to come I found this little gem of what soldier uniforms are expected to look like in 2025. A sort of ninja meets Navy SEAL design. Uniforms are a big part of the psychology of the military and of the bonding that takes place in fighting units. The equipment and helmets and gear all add to a sense of invincibility and purpose. Is that what draws us to them-- the fact that they think of themselves and even carry themselves differently?
What do you think? Does the "future guy" do it for you?
So, what's your favorite "guy" costumefor Halloween? Favorite non-Halloween uniform? Or manly accoutrement? Ever been in a uniform yourself-- okay, OTHER than high school band? How did it make you feel?
Posted by Betina Krahn at 8:17 AM