Dudes Say Don Draper Is The Most Influential Guy Of 2009

Guess who AskMen.com readers voted the most influential man of 2009? Don Draper, who, technically, is a not a “real” man but a fictional character. Sure, I love me some hot Hamm every Sunday night, but, at the end of the torrid hour, I realize that “Mad Men” is just a television show and that Don Draper is just a caricature of a man struggling with his own demons, unwilling to face his problems head-on. So why are guys so obsessed with Don, to the point that they treat him as an actual person? Keep reading »

The Halloween Inspiration Board: The Queen Of Hearts

With Tim Burton’s psychedelic version of “Alice in Wonderland” in the works, I’ve gotten newly excited about following a white rabbit down a rabbit hole. I don’t really want to be Alice cause she’s booooring, so I think I’m gonna be the Queen of Hearts this year. It’s a simple getup to put together. Get a black and white dress—I’ll spend more on a super cute one I can wear any time of the year. Add heart accessories in red and black, plus a crown and a scepter, which you can make out of tin foil. Voila. You’re ready to go around screaming, “Off with your head!”

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Become A Virtual Pianist

Show of hands: how many of you suffered through countless hours of piano lessons as a kid only to grow into an adult who has no space for a real piano in her apartment? Fret not, my friends. This is the Internet Age where all things are possible. YouTube can makes stars out of anyone, lonely souls can find love across the world and now you — yes you! — can play the piano once again from the privacy of your own home (even if it’s the size of a closet). Thanks to the Virtual Piano, we can all let our inner Gagas out to play. Just don’t forget to put on pants before you go out! [via Scanner] Keep reading »

Chart The History Of The Disappearing Hemline, All The Way To Pantslessness

We thought we’d have to commit group suicide if we heard one more thing about Lady Gaga’s pantslessness. The girl isn’t a fan of bottoms. We get it.

But the ever-amusing ladies over at Refinery 29 have turned pantslessness into more than another boring trend post with their latest chart: Bye Bye Bottoms!. This fine piece of work is nearly academic in its historical look at the evolution of the hemline from dowdy long to non-existent. Check it out and tell us: what’s your favorite length era? [Refinery 29] Keep reading »

10 Secret Boyfriends Throughout Time

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Secret Girlfriend” premiered last night on Comedy Central. In honor of the show, the lovely folks at BuzzFeed rounded up 10 secret girlfriends throughout time, from Marilyn Monroe to Stephanie Birkitt. And again, this has inspired us to look at the dude side of things, since it’s not just men getting some under the radar. Here’s a look at 10 notorious secret boyfriends, starting with Tom Cruise, whom Cher dated behind closed doors in 1983, right after “Risky Business.” We have no idea why she would do such a thing. Did she not see the undies scene? [People]

How Far Is Too Far When It Comes To Designer Knockoffs?

Leave Alexander McQueen alone! Sheesh, can’t the guy get a break? First Lady Gaga had to mess up his Fashion Week glory; now Steve Madden is all up in his face. The reason? McQueen is suing the affordable shoe company for copying the design for his “Faithful” bootie, a sexy open-toed number with leather snap-flaps and a stiletto heel. According to WWD, “the complaint alleges that the Steven Madden model is a ‘studied imitation’ that reproduces all those elements in the same manner.” OK, we get it: Madden made a knockoff, but isn’t that what their business is about? If they’ve been copying trends for so long, should it really matter now?

We do get the moral principle of copyright infringement (clearly); however, we do have to wonder how much of McQueen’s sales were really impacted by Madden’s cheaper model. Are Steve Madden customers really the type who would, or even could (uh, we can’t), buy the high-end version? [WWD] Keep reading »

Marie Claire Debuts Plus-Size Style Column

Like Glamour, Marie Claire has decided it needs to offer more content geared toward plus-size readers. In the November issue, the magazine introduces Ashley Falcon, a size-18 stylist who will be doling out fashion advice in a new column.

In the issue, she shares a little about her experiences working in fashion despite not being able to fit into sample sizes, offering thoughts like, “I long ago made peace with the fact that I’ll never look good in a slinky dress or pleated paper-bag-waist pants, even if Coco Chanel herself came back from the dead and hand-stitched them for me,” and “Big girls love accessories — they always fit, no size tags required.” She also tackles jeans-shopping for women with fuller figures, giving her top three picks for pairs that flatter. Next up, she hunts down cocktail-chic clothes “for all sizes” for the holiday season. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: The Better To Hear You With, My Dear

And you thought the Bagel Heads were weird! Australian performance artist, Stelios Arcadious, grew a real ear with his own stem cells and then had it implanted into his arm to use as a “remote listening device,” explaining: “someone in Venice could listen to what my ear is hearing in Melbourne.” As if cell phone companies weren’t already hurting enough in this economy! [via Flavorwire] Keep reading »

Poll: How Soon Into A Relationship Do You Fart In Front Of Your Man?

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Dating Don’ts: Why You’re Still Single

I’ve been writing relationship advice for nearly ten years now and the number-one question I get asked—by readers and friends alike—isn’t anything filthy or even fun. It is: “How come I can’t meet anyone?”

Depending on your situation, there are a variety of answers to this question, but mostly, finding someone to tongue wrestle with on a regular basis comes down to a combination of luck and timing. That said, there are things you can do to ensure that you never even come close to falling in love. Keep reading »

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