He asked me what would constitute “slutty” dress for a man.
“A… mesh top,” I suggested, in a moment that revealed that I have absorbed my knowledge of “sexy clubwear” entirely from the gay male characters on Sex and the City.
“Would you think someone who wore that was really hot?”
“I would think they were hilarious and also crazy.”
“Right. That’s not an advantage. The reason women get upset about other women wearing tank tops and miniskirts is because the boss could treat them more favorably. There is pretty much no male equivalent to that. Probably the sexiest thing a man can wear is a suit, and most men are already doing that.”
That actually makes a good deal of sense. Though I hate to think that there is no outfit a man can wear if they want to dry hump their boss into a cream-based soup ordering frenzy. If men aren’t being thought less of because of their sexy, sexy officewear, perhaps that’s just because men don’t really have that many sexy, sexy options that don’t seem hilarious. I mean, in anyplace but… I’ll think of someplace.
If men can’t be undermined by dressing slutty, it might simply be because “slutty” dress doesn’t really exist for men. They don’t have outfits designed to maximize their sexual appeal. And perhaps that is because we are, historically, only just entering an era where women or openly gay men would be in hiring positions. Thus, for most of history, there wouldn’t be much incentive for men to dress in a way where it would be advantageous to seem really sexy.
Can you think of anything that would seem sexy if a man were to wear it to the office? I’m kind of standing by the slammin’ ascot idea, but I’m interested in what you think.