Wednesday, July 7, 2010

From his point of view: Style vs Practicality

Men and women may have reached a point where they can manage to strike a balance between them - and even agree - on a number of issues, despite having different priorities in life. However, when it comes to style and practicality, this balance - for most men and women anyway - seems to be as likely as James Bond (who I never really got myself to enjoy watching) actually making out with Miss Moneypenny at the end of the film.

It's quite simple really... men have practicality first as a priority and style second, whereas women clearly have style first and they usually need to look practicality up in the dictionary whenever the word comes up. Now, you'll probably say that men can't even tell the difference between blue and turquoise and that their sense of style is exhausted at choosing two matching socks... but that would be just mean, wouldn't it?

I really feel the need to understand why you would wear a pair of high heels all day long (I do agree it makes you look good), when at the end of the day they will make you feel like you have carried a cross up Golgotha hill. Why you would carry a tiny handbag instead of an equally nice and fitting larger one and make us stuff all of your personal things into our pockets (jacket and pants!). Why you need to have the super stylish lounge chair that makes your ass hurt rather than the equally stylish but comfortable one.

To your defense I don't think you do this on purpose... practicality simply doesn't cross your mind, and if it does, it's usually too late! I'm not for practicality over style at any cost, but it would be nice to be able to reach a common ground with both angles covered. This would  mean fewer returns to furniture shops because the side table was just a bit too tall for the couch or because the coat hanger could not hold more than one coat at a time, etc. It would also mean that you wouldn't need new shoes every month because the ones you just bought don't match any of your outfits - but were too good a bargain to pass by.

Anyway, I don't mean to sound too attached to this idea, but it really boggles me why we can't seem to learn from each other... can't style and practicality co-exist ?

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