Douche or Dreamboat?

Remember the last time we struggled with this?

On the one hand, this guy is dressed like a clown. On the other hand,  ┬áhe projects intelligence, confidence and a rakish challenge.

Do you want to grab his jacket and run? Or would you rather go back to his studio and play with his hair?

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48 Responses to “Douche or Dreamboat?”

  1. sharnek Says:

    Nither, if I’m honest. Hats off to him though for dressing how ever the feck he feels though.

  2. littlebadwolf Says:

    why do i have the feeling he’s going to grow up someday to be a grouchy old crank?

  3. Danielle Says:

    Douche. No question.

  4. Heidi Says:

    Douche, I strongly suspect.

  5. Laura Says:

    hmmm..the last guy was a dreamboat for me, but this guy is just trying a little too hard for I think.
    I do love an asian babe with long hair though.
    Ohh what a conundrum! It’s hard to decide!

  6. christin Says:

    i’m going with douche. the extra bolero did it. homeboy isn’t a matador.

  7. Dru Says:

    I was tilting towards ‘dreamboat’ until I hit the keffiyeh, which in my head always indicates DOUCHE (unless the wearer is Palestinian/Middle Eastern/not wearing it as just a fashion accessory). I do have serious jacket envy, though, it looks like velvet and I LOVE IT.

    Right now I think he’s neither douche nor dreamboat, though I must take my hat off to anyone who has the stones to dress like that. If he wasn’t so forbidding-looking and wasn’t wearing as douchey an accessory as his scarf, he’d remind me just a little bit of Susie Bubble.

  8. Dru Says:

    why are all my comments going to moderation these days?

  9. Dru Says:

    Also, his trousers remind me of Tibetan striped rugs/shawls. http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/00944/DC_PS_STRIPE_F_j_944064cl-5.jpg

    There is no way I can NOT admire that.

  10. Sheri Says:

    Ugh. Douche. Makes me want to check if he’s taking his meds, take him clothes shopping, and cut his hair. Then, maybe, dreamboat, albeit a sanitized and medicated one.

  11. BethUK Says:

    I’m going to have to go for douche although he will probably become a fantastic grandad with a little life experience.

  12. Kimi Says:

    He does project an attractive air of confidence and derring-do, but he’s probably a douche.

  13. patni Says:

    eugh. douche. I bet he smells like patchouli. The other guy was a dream boat for me, but this one definitely a no. I would grab his jacket though.

  14. Stacy Says:

    I’ll take his watch and run. I already have that jacket.

  15. annemarie Says:

    wow, patni’s comment- my thoughts exactly, and in that order. weird. even the pathouli.

  16. annemarie Says:

    my comments are always awaiting moderation these days too. i try not to take it personally.

  17. TheBadKate Says:

    Not my type for hair-fondling, but an interesting person to have coffee or green tea with. Doubtless involved in heaps of interesting projects — slightly pretentiously, but earnestly at bottom. And yeah, he maybe smells like patchouli, or perhaps Nag Champa, but I don’t mind that kind of hippie thing.

  18. Ann Says:

    This one is not for me, but upon revisiting the prior “Douche or Dreamboat” post, I have changed my mind and decided that yes, I love him. Sweatpants, slippers and all the rest.

  19. Marketa Says:

    too bright for me, and i hate his shoes, but i love the jacket.
    i prefer the first one, i bet he swears a lot…

  20. MJ Says:

    Well, it is a brave look…

  21. Dave C Says:

    My theory is that his home is probably festooned with all kinds of new agey wall hangings, ethnic rugs and eye-blistering upholstery, so he’d be perfectly camouflaged. All you’d be able to see would be his lovely hair and thoughtful features. Problem solved! He’d have to lose those ridiculous glasses ‘tho.

  22. Danno Says:

    Tryin’ way to hard. Douche.

  23. the real andrea Says:

    It really depends on my mood. I could go either way. Check out this blog by 2 women here in NY who I admire for their bold style, but sometimes they seem clownish as well- http://idiosyncraticfashionistas.blogspot.com/ It would be interesting to hear your take on them.

  24. Jenny Says:

    Douche.

  25. David Duff Says:

    I’d like to put him on a drill square. Three months should be enough!

  26. Emily Says:

    He looks like a member of Acid Mothers Temple, and thanks to that resemblance, I cannot in good faith label him a douche.

    Those horrible white Merrell-looking shoes have got to go, though.

  27. Andra Says:

    I wouldn’t touch anything that had touched him.

  28. Chancy Says:

    Wooooow. Where do you find these ridiculous people?

  29. Mary Says:

    He looks like he smells.

  30. NinfaF Says:

    I agree with Mary I also think he looks like he smells but I would take the jacket run to the dry and wear it.

  31. kt Says:

    He’s most likely Japanese. This is “normal” by their standards. You can’t really tell if he’s a douche or not based on this criterion.

  32. Sister Wolf Says:

    Emily – Yeah, the shoes are so wrong. Maybe he’s being ironic with the shoes?

    Dave C – I think his home is rather stark, the better to highlight his aggressive multi-cultural clothing. He probably has a lot of weird high-tech gadgetry. And he wears a fragrance by Comme des Garcon, not patchouli.

  33. Sister Wolf Says:

    the real adrea – On no, they look like grown up Tavi’s. I hate them.

  34. Make Do Style Says:

    Run for the hills I think. If I played with his hair it would all be about him! In fact everything is about him it seems.

  35. RedHead Says:

    He loses it with the camel toe trainers. The rest is nonchalant enough to work. Amazing bone structure too.

  36. patni Says:

    I think if the look is absolute pretension, and if he smelled like comme des garcon, and not like sweat and patchouli, i could toy with his affections. Extra pretentious can be fun. May be i could listen to him opine about art. The shoes are wretched, but maybe they are his comment on the American aesthetic and comfort. or something.
    I could hang in his minimalist apt read his books and remove his hideous outfit. I would feel better stealing his jacket if its odour was fancy Japanese luxury.

  37. patni Says:

    I would also accidentally break those awful glasses.

  38. honeypants Says:

    I am receiving a Sean Lennon vibe from him. And while I would say douche in a nanosecond if he were white, it’s his long hair and Japaneseness that make it okay to me. As I told someone a few minutes ago (sartorially speaking) Japanese people can get away with anything.

  39. Suspended Says:

    Haha, I’m afraid to say I own several pairs of those shoes in multiple colourways. The Nike Air Rift was highly desirable and very rare at the end of the 90’s. I even have a pair in a disgusting aubergine/pink colourway that used to make me look half man, half pig, much to my Fathers disgust.

    My weakness; I love anything that requires a tabi sock.

    He’s a douche for wearing them! I was, so he needs to be too. My hair also used to be that long because I feared the hairdresser’s endless verbal drivel. Hairdressers really are a breed of their own. I can’t relate.

  40. Andra Says:

    Sister Wolf: He lives in one those little capsule sleeping places the Japanese have.
    Caterpillars and moths gnaw at his hair while he’s sleeping. They are his only friends. He had a pet cricket but it ran away.
    He has no home.
    These are all his clothes and all his worldly possessions.
    He doesn’t need anything else.
    He’s a total nutcase.

  41. Layers&Swathes Says:

    I adore his look! I probably wouldn’t go down the dreamboat route but there is something about him that makes me want to befriend him instantly…

  42. Layers&Swathes Says:

    and he has pretty spectacular bone structure…

  43. Sister Wolf Says:

    Honeypants – YES, you nailed it. Thank you. I should send you a check.

    SUspended – I wish you could send pictures. And thank you for explaining the shoe mystery.

    Layers&Swathes – Yep, yep.

  44. Marla Says:

    HAHAHAHAHA, dreamboat!

  45. Debbie Says:

    Not a dreamboat but I would definitely be INTERESTED in going back to his pad and listen to him talk on deep and meaningful things. I think I like him.

  46. O D Y S S E Y Says:

    He has interesting hair. The outfit scares me.

  47. Cherub Says:

    Douche. The look says whimsy all over, until you get to the jacket, which is the overstatement of heritage style. For a minute I thought he was swedish with the ikea rainbow vomit schlub style, but he killed it in asian-ness with that jacket, even though it matches. Aha! It’s because it matches, that is what douched it.

  48. Sister Wolf Says:

    Cherub – Brilliant exegesis. Thank you.

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