According to recent reports, mankini’s, or Speedo’s to you and I, are de rigeur for men this summer. And that’s not all. Fit Flops (or the Super Thong as it’s now called) for men are hitting stores this week, fake tan treatments for guys are on the rise, ‘manity’ creams are going through the roof and men’s hair styles are getting more girly by the day. Just check out Giselle Bundchen’s beau, Tom Brady’s new floppy mop. Is it just me or has he suddenly lost all his sex appeal?
Conversely, women’s hair is getting shorter and sharper by the day. Cate Blanchett has had a razor sharp crop, Agy’s had a skin head, and according the catwalk insiders, grunge is coming back with a vengeance next season. Yikes!
It’s becoming my new obsession. I mean, being a girly girl, I just can’t find my fashion or beauty feet at the moment. And whilst I love a chino pant with a penny loafer and am all for embracing this season’s low-key hair colour, I can’t quite bring myself to work a clog or a buzz-cut without feeling like I belong in the army.
If you too are in doubt about your man’s new beauty obsession, or don’t quite know how to work the mannish trend in a feminine way. Here’s my do’s and dont’s on both sides of the grooming fence.
Tomboy: a slick side parting is both chic and feminine
Oh boy! The undercut - it was fun for a while but really people, it’s not flattering
Tomboy: Wet look hair a la Kylie on the cover of BlackBook – v sexy
Oh Boy! The quiff. Do you really want to look like Cameron Diaz in Something about Mary?
Tomboy: Straight dark and brooding brows look hot with an LBD
Oh boy! Blue lipstick. It’s ugly, even if it does whiten your teeth.
Manity: Regular man facials are a must. Ingrown facials hairs are a big turn off!
Vanity: Boy-tox is a step too far – think Rupert Everett. Need I say more?
Manity: A subtle facial glow courtesy of Clinique for Men self tanner, will win your man a new job
Vanity: 3-D tanning. Looking like that dance troupe from Britain’s Got Talent is not a good look, even for ‘Spellbound.’
Manity: A medi-pedi. As long as there’s no polish involved, men with uber-groomed feet get my vote.
Vanity: David Beckham’s too-plucked brows take him into Ken (as in Barbie’s bloke) territory
- Annabel Jones