So what’s up with this Man Cave concept? Is it a place for men to hide out in their own homes? The millennial version of the 1960s paneled private club, or a place to escape before being sent to the proverbial Dog House thus avoiding a tiff with the Missus?
Man Cave, a concept whose time has come
There are numerous varieties of man cave. A small den, filled with paraphernalia from college days, decorated in the rah-rah-raucous colors of a favorite sport, beer bottles as accessories, or mounted fish as art. Maybe there’s a poker table, worn leather furnishings. (The scent of Old Spice?)
Is there a problem with that?
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As for dress code? I’m thinking it isn’t designer. Sorry, Armani. Damn, and I love what you’re showing in menswear this year.
Do women have their versions of the Man Cave?
The boudoir? The kitchen? Do some husbands consider the entirety of the shared abode the “woman’s place” and are they staking claim to some small area to call their own – undecorated and unscrutinized? Might this explain the Living Together – Separately phenomenon?
Mens’ Fashion for the Man Cave
Are specific men’s fashions required for the Man Cave – t-shirts to match the Mardi Gras colors of LSU? I’d like to imagine some form of fashion sensibility coordinated with moose heads and poker chips, the mascot tiger theme inlaid in wall-to-wall.
Designer trends we may not see?
Rugged preppy, a jolt of color in fitted sweaters. . . ah, such beautiful stuff (that is no doubt more welcome in the woman cave).
Any input from other countries? Allô, la France? England? Australia?
Is the Man Cave purely an invention of the long-married husband? Is it like the 7-year itch? The mid-life crisis vehicle to bask in, sans wheels?
Do men need their territories, their private spaces, their Keep Out signs when it comes to a female’s (theoretical) inclination to control the shared nest?
Man Cave Decorating Trends
If we accept the inevitability of the Man Cave as a necessity to happy marriage, might we at least recognize the telltale signs when they begin to appear, so we may leave the sanctity of the space intact?
Here are a few:
- Sports paraphernalia
- Big screen TV
- Games and gadgets
- Fridge for beer, grill nearby
- Clashing colors
Does Roger Federer have a Man Cave? Andrei Agassi?
I am loathe to admit that I have been unable to keep my eyes open to watch much Australian Open Tennis live. Fortunately it’s still early round play. But I wonder – does Roger Federer have a Man Cave?
Perhaps he hasn’t been married long enough. What about Andrei Agassi? He and Steffi Graf have been a couple for years. What might Andrei’s Man Cave look like?
- Does your hubby have a Man Cave?
- Does he need one?
- Do you need him to have one?
More than a look, a lifestyle?
As for the Man Cave concept, is it more than passing fashion, and a return to marital separate but equal, though unequal? A place for beer swilling, loud guffaws, arm wrestling and dart throwing, web surfing and guy talk? A (male) room of one’s own?
Gentlemen – I’m all for whatever makes you happy. Just don’t decorate my salon after your fave football team, ok ? Now as for those designer outfits, some of them are hot. A sharp blazer, a fitted sweater, just the right jeans. Of course, then you may have to come out of your Man Cave. For a little mix and mingle.
Fashion week images, various Google sources
© D A Wolf