"Please, double check with a friend who's not afraid to hurt your feelings."
Advice from three of our guy friends. This week they answer the following:
Straight Married Guy (Matt):
Yes, I guess there's such a thing as too much cleavage. If I took a date to a wedding and she rolled up with 3/4 of her boobs out, I'd be a little embarrassed (and, okay - it'd probably turn me on at the same time).
You see, my inner ape is endlessly fascinated with boobs, and seeing cleavage is always appreciated. But sometimes it's inappropriate or tacky. I think all guys are a little schizophrenic about this. It's like, man, that is a ridiculously cheesy outfit… but I wish I could see the rest of those boobs.
Straight Single Guy (Colin):
I fall in love all over again with cleavage each day, but I guess when you really get down to it, there are a few specific contexts when it's time to cover up. The scenarios are hard to distinguish.
If you're meeting my family, it's a no-go on breast exposure, whereas if you're meeting my co-workers, it's totally okay. If we're going to dinner, take them out, but if it's Sunday brunch you might want to keep them concealed.
If you're a woman with real class, you'll always find a way to pull it off. But please, double check with a friend who's not afraid to hurt your feelings before you try something like J-Lo's 2000 Grammy dress.
Gay Committed Guy (Terence):
There's no such thing as having too much cleavage. Showing too much cleavage, however, can be a situational no-no. As the bible says, there's a time for everything that is done on earth.
Let's look at it this way (my way): Billowing cleavage in the grocery store at 10am and I crack a wry smile. Billowing cleavage in a dance club at midnight and I break into a shit-eating grin.
It's the same as a guy with his shirt unbuttoned down to just above his navel. There's a time for everything. The bigger question is, who can pull it off well? That's a matter of personal taste, but I bet we all can pretty much agree on whose cleavage/chest needs some covering up when we see it.
This article was originally published at Em & Lo. Reprinted with permission from the author.