Monday, May 18, 2009


Remember John-the-Beatle? After our initial talk it became very clear that we clicked but in a friendly way - PLUS he had a crush on another girl and I am a bit smitten with a certain Slurpee aficionado. So, friends we have become.

On Sunday, he asked me to go shopping with him for t-shirts. I've never been shopping with a boy before. I've shopped for boys but never with. And I wasn't expecting it to be like with girls where we
1. see something adorable 2. try it on. 3. discuss whether it makes your legs look stumpy, your chest look flat, your curves are defined, if it hides the under the boob fat or exposes it (or arm pit fat - what's with clothes that form wrinkles in the arm pit? I ASK YOU). Perhaps trying it on in a different size and 3.5 wondering if you'd like it better in a different colour. Being disappointed it doesn't come in your hue of choice. And finally, after an excruciating long time standing in front of a mirror 4. deciding to purchase said item. I'm exhausted just writing about it. And it doesn't matter if it's just t-shirt shopping or if it's dress shopping or pants shopping or the worst of all kinds BRA shopping -- it. is. painful. (for me)

Anyway, I knew it wasn't going to be like that. But what to expect? I warned him early on that I was going to advocate for things that were striped and plaid and involved buttons and that I discouraged the v-neck on men.

We walk into The Basement at Myer and search for the men's section. And they're playing Michael Jackson - so I know it's going to be a good day. We walk around and I touch all the clothes. If it ain't soft, I am not buying it. John-the-Beatle was very concerned about the neckline not stretching out which influenced his purchases, understandably I suppose.

Tangent: I have a sociogical question for you. When we're kids, parents remove our shirts in the same way. They grab them at the waist and lift them over our heads right? Boys...girls...whoever. But then something happens. Girls continue with this removal technique and guys start pulling their shirts off by the neck (for the most part). Why? I am not saying one way is better or worse...I am just saying WHY?

Anyway, there was no trying on. No "will this accentuate my biceps or stomach" or whatever it is that guys want to accentuate. Painless. Easy. I wish clothes shopping was like that all the time.


  1. OMG that really got me on a roll. Why DO they pull of their shirts by the neck and when does it start?

    Also, why do I STILL pull off my shirt by grabbing the waist part.

    PS:I think we'd TOTALLY rock at shopping. Although I have a feeling I'd probably dehydrate you. LOL!

  2. I don't mind a v-neck on the right man or manly boy.

    Chris is pulling in the garage... I need to run so I can watch how he removes his undershirt. I'll get back to you on the waist vs. neck anchor. Interesting tangent, and I know what you're talking about, but I can't honestly say I've noticed how Chris does it. I'm curious!

  3. LOL...I pull off at the neck and never give it a thought...typical guy...I suppose it doesn't take as much to please us. Very interesting name John-the-Beatle. I quoted The Real Beatles this am..." Woke up fell out of bed dragged a comb across my head"...on twitter...#;-)

  4. Burn - This is all i am sayin? Why? why? why? Interesting, how does teddybear take off his shirt (um, is it weird that I am asking?)?

    Chris - You're right, i don't actually mind the classic v-neck. But metrosexuals have taken it too far, i say! They now show more cleavage than I do :) Let me know about Chris?

    Anon - I get all tangled when I try to take off my shirt by the neck...Maybe I just need practice. Have you considered giving the waist method a go?

  5. And now you've given me something new to ponder ..

  6. Hahaha... oh shopping with boys. I actually have some guy friends in the US who were really good shopping partners.

    I recently went shopping with my boyfriend here in Chile and was a bit surprised to find out that he was the same. And, he had good taste to boot. I don't know why I thought he wouldn't.

  7. OMG! Is that the way girls shop for clothes? Well, this is the proof that I'm a guy.
    Seriously though. My mother and sister take for ever to purchase things they don't really need.

    And I really don't know why guys start pulling their shirts off by the neck. Maybe they are scared to pull their chest hair off if they do it the "woman way".

  8. Shopping with boys? I love it.

    I've tagged you on my blog x

  9. 24 @ Heart - seriously, this keeps me up at night!

    Sara - I am sure that most guys are fantastic shopping partners (as was John-the-Beatle). I just live in a cave.

    Dutch Donut Girl - Well, sometimes that's how it happens. Other times its much easier :) See I'd think the neck technique would be more detrimental to chest hair/back hair.

    Selina - Aw, thanks!

  10. Ms. Decoybetty

    According to our new Prez..."Yes we can"! I tried but sorry to say I all tangled up...anything from the waist is definitely going down...if I can't get it by the neck...#;-)