Like it or not, looks matter!
Who knew sweatpants would create a publicity scandal?
They did when Eva Mendez gave an interview to Extra's AJ Calloway. Her secret for keeping her man, Ryan Gosling happy at home? "You can't do sweatpants ... ladies, number one cause of divorce in America, sweatpants, no!"
No sooner did the words escape her mouth that her hubby jumped right in to do some damage control, most likely at the bidding of his ever-so-cautious and politically correct publicists. "Obviously sweatpants thing was a joke," he tweeted. "Wearing them now."
How sad. We can no longer express our opinions because no matter what we say someone will take offense. Well, here I go. At the risk of offending sweatpants-wearing women everywhere, here are my two cents.
Ladies, unless you are working out, sweatpants shouldn't be worn anywhere where you run a risk of being seen by someone other than your cat. That includes your husband, no matter how many years you've been married.
Unfortunately, it's not just sweatpants. I recently had drinks with a friend who is a good-looking single man in his late 30s. He told me about his latest breakup.
"After a few months of dating, I never saw her wearing a skirt. The best she did was a pair of dress pants if we went somewhere more upscale," he told me.
"Did you talk to her about it?" I asked.
"Yes," he answered. "She told me she doesn't really see the need to go through the effort."
It was not her pant-exclusive wardrobe that sealed the breakup, but the fact that my friend had not seen a knee or an ankle in months did not help. It doesn't take any longer to put on a dress than it does a pair of pants. It doesn't take more effort to put on high-heeled pumps than it does a pair of sneakers.
Does it take some time to do hair and makeup? Sure it does, but is it not worth spending ten minutes to look and feel like ten million bucks?
Now, before you jump all over me to argue that looks are not everything, let me assure you that I agree. When a man falls in love, he falls in love with a complete package, not just boobs and legs but brains and attitude. When the boobs and legs are wearing the same sweat suit that his friend Joe wore last Friday to the bowling alley, the package becomes less exciting and more mundane ... kind of like Joe, but minus the bowling.
Men are visual creatures, ladies. So, if after a while you decide to swap your skirts and stilettos for converse and jeans, will they still be around? Perhaps. Will they still be sexually attracted? Probably not. When you systematically get rid of every hint of your own sex appeal, what will distinguish you from his friend Joe? After all, Joe also has a brain and attitude. And he is a better football player to boot.
Heterosexual men are attracted to feminine women. What man (or woman, for that matter) has not fantasized of rushing home just to rip off each other's clothing? Usually that visual includes hastily ripped fishnets and recklessly flying red pumps. Replace the same scene with sweatpants and sneakers and you get the picture.
I don't make the rules, ladies. I am simply relaying the information, having worked with men for so many years. What you do with that information is up to you. Unlike Eva, I won't tell you that I made my remarks in jest. I meant every word.