I used to cringe everything I heard the word “METROSEXUAL”. I mean, what is wrong with a man that knows how to make sure his wardrobe pieces co-ordinate, and a guy who doesn’t leave the house without properly moisturizing his body? PERFECT! I’m tired of being confronted with crusty elbows and knuckles or mismatched socks and do not get me started on the shoes. When a man gets the shoes wrong, it really looks WRONG!
So in my naïve state, I was all for the metrosexual male. Bring out the ones who wouldn’t leave the house without a clean shave and a sexy looking fitted shirt against their ripped torso. Bring out the chosen few who will not be caught dead with last season’s loafers and the ones who wear their red tailored skinny pants proudly. These guys really set the bar high for others. Yes, yes yes to the ones who are fashion conscious enough to co-ordinate outfits with their girlfriends, after all everyone would see the pictures online and God forbid one outshines the other. Why not celebrate the chosen few, the ones who walk pass and you think “WOW, homeboy can put an outfit together”. Yes, I was naïve. Very naïve.
While I embrace the metrosexual guy, one has to wonder when the line. Is a guy allowed to carry around a MURSE (MAN-PURSE)? How about his beauty products? Beauty lines invent new products for guys, soon your boyfriend will be clearing up your dresser so he can create space for his ever growing perfume bottles and facial exfoliator. And don’t get me started on the eyebrows, more and more guys are getting their brows waxed and shaped to perfection.
It is nerve racking to think that there are guys out there who may have a stricter beauty routine than us ladies, and while you may think your red heels are the perfect match for your red dress, he may advice you to slip on tangerine orange shoes instead after all its all about colour blocking this summer (insert eye roll movement here).
As far as I am concerned, there is a very visible line that the metrosexual man should not cross. Yes, get a clean shave, exfoliate your skin and always smell nice. Sleep at the gym if you must and make it a point of duty to constantly show up looking daper. But, do not walk around carrying an oversized clutch bag and wailing about how you missed your eyebrow appointment. Leave that to the ladies, do use a favour; have a beer and fart once in a while.