I was looking for images to accompany a BtVS post I’ll probably never write, because I completely lost my train of thought over the myriad images of Xander’s bold, patterned shirts. Honestly, kudos to Nicholas Brendon for pulling it off (or, rather, putting it on). Each is so very…eye-catching:
I mean, the above episode, “Earshot”, originally aired on September 21, 1999, nowhere near Christmas to come close to explaining the red, white and green holiday wrapping paper of a shirt.
In comparison, the above shirt’s (photo credit: spikebuffy) pretty mild. If you don’t think
it’s supposed to be contrasty, though, just look at the outfits of all
the other students around them: they appear much more subdued, almost
monotonic. And next to Xander, Buffy is looking tres stylish in a sexy LBD with a strategically-placed thigh-baring slit.
You know the Producers’
line: “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”? Well, Buffy certainly is. Flaunting it. And
Xander is covered up like he’s dressed for a completely different
USDA-regulated hardiness zone. As if he’s subconsciously covering up his
inadequacy by…covering up, buttoning up, and bottling up.
OK, that last one’s not so bad, really. Checkered and striped are sort of traditional patterns, right? For shirt designs that think outside the box, check out the following (I kinda like the purple one, actually):
For double the fun, both SuaveXander and ScruffyXander display(*) the same fashion sense! (*Mostly. SuaveXander has at one point put on a blazer to look sharp, if memory serves.)
And of course there’s paisley! Against a similarly ornate-patterned, warm-toned couch, no less:
As a bonus, here’s newly-chipped Spike, his humiliation made complete by being forced to wear Xander’s totally-non-threatening Aloha shirt (the “official” name for the now-ubiquitous so-called Hawaiian shirt). The final nail in the coffin of Spike’s carefully curated and cultivated “evil Big Bad” image:
But seriously, what does Xander’s fashion sense tell us, other than that he wasn’t a snappy dresser?
Well, we know about his family, the neglect he’d long suffered at the hands of irresponsible, alcoholic parents. He had to pay rent to live in his parents’ dingy basement after high school, and he worried about affording his own apartment. Clearly, his family wasn’t rich (something for which he’d been mocked by Cordelia at one point).
He had nobody to splurge on him, no cool male role model to emulate, and little money of his own. His childhood memories include not getting the birthday present he wanted (a firetruck at age 7), so I doubt his family had had vacationed in Hawaii for him to have gotten Aloha shirts as souvenirs. Were they, then, another traveler’s castoff? His clothes, given those constraints, could’ve easily been hand-me-downs or thrift-store purchases.
There’s another explanation, of course. Xander, the comic-book-reading, scifi-loving, outsider geek boy, the self-acknowledged social outcast (as confirmed by “Queen C” Cordelia), was dressing exactly as he wanted, or at least as he was (within budget): His fashion choice offered an accurate portrayal of his personality, his identity: quirky, non-conforming (a historical association with paisley), down-to-earth, and fun. Far from superficial, he paid no attention to fashion trends. He worn his ugly shirts unironically, totally unself-consciously, and dare I say it? Absolutely adorably.
The flashy, bold patterns reflected his sense of humor as much as his desire to be noticed, to stand out. (There is something ironic and thought-provoking in the high school reality that Xander still got ignored by most people, almost as if he were invisible — a theme Joss explored in the episode “Out of Mind, Out of Sight” — while dressed in the most outlandish outfit.) The vibrant, feminine colors (purple, red, magenta, etc.), and the floral motif (Aloha shirts) make him appear less masculine — which unfortunately for Xander, rendered him not, as a teenage boy no doubt desired, appear to teenage girls as an assertive and highly-desirable date, but as an awkward funny guy relegated to the tragic friend-zone. For the “jocks” that occupied the coveted tip of the high school male social pyramid, Xander’s unique style only reinforced the fact that he was not one of them.
Rumor has it that Joss had at one point intended for Xander to be Buffy’s romantic interest. By Hollywood stereotype, however, he was dressed on the show as the supporting character: no iconic item to anchor his style, confirm his status (like Giles, for example), no billowing long coat or mysterious black ensemble befitting of a male lead (Angel, Spike), no expensive power suit (the W&H lawyers on AtS) to intimidate or inspire awe. He was dressed as the plucky comic relief: the one who’d stand by the the protagonist, get the best jokes in the script, but not the girl. And as the true friend and ally: nonthreatening (therefore trustworthy), unpretentious, and authentic; someone who didn’t give a damn about how he looked, but cared deeply about getting the job done. As his clothes attested: you could count on him to say what was on his mind.
Somehow, Xander’s fashion sense allowed him to be simultaneously relatable, unique and endearing. Because when your best friend is giving you a hug? Who cares if he’s wearing an ugly shirt?
I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who was so kind to send me birthday well wishes or create gifts. There were tears, folks, I cannot lie. Responses will be happening as soon as I get a handle on my heart.
This movie, this fandom…it has given me so much, and the best thing about it is the sheer LOVE in it. For the characters, songs, and for each other. I’ve said more than once that the Strange Magic fandom is my safe haven, and you’re the reason it is so.
You make me feel so loved, and so appreciated, and I honestly don’t think words can even come close in describing what all of you mean to me. I can’t think of the last time I’ve ever felt a sense of belonging like the way I do with you. I am so blessed to know you, and I can only hope I can send some of that feeling back your way. All my love to you, friends. Thanks for making turning 25 so sweet <3
I am not much of a movie buff but I do like investing time on good films. College has actually taught me how to appreciate more of our local film industry. Here are some of the films that I had the privilege to watch this year.
Honor thy Father directed by Erik Matti
I have only watched few of Matti’s works but I always knew he makes some bad ass films. I have watched the second Mano Po some time when I was young (my family loves Mano Po, I think), Exodus, Tiktik and On the Job. I loved everything about On the Job from its cast to its cinematography. Its plot and story line were the main reasons why it became a champion film to me, so I was very excited to watch Honor thy Father because it is not every year that you’d get to see a Matti film shown in Elbi.
With On the Job, Piolo and Gerald along with veteran Joel Torre starred the film, and in all honesty I admit that I had prejudiced the two young actors in their roles. I had thoughts that they still might act their way to the heart of the mainstream cinema but they proved me wrong. With Honor thy Father, however, I was comfortable and even excited about how John Lloyd would fulfill his role.
I loved how this film took me into a different dimension. Made me cringe and thump my feet in my seat. I did not cry on how it ended but going home after watching it, I felt sinking into pools of invisible water only to realize that my heart felt heavier than the usual.
Hello! May I have a ship please? I'm INTP & Taurus. I get nervous talking to people I'm not comfortable around, & I don't like socializing in large groups. I get stressed out really easily bc of my high expectations of myself, & I worry about almost everything. I give off the impression that I'm always calm tho, & I have a good sense of humour. When I'm free I play video games, watch movies/tv, & read. I love learning new things, and have an interest in science, computer science, and psychology.
Your match is Edogawa Ranpo!
Ranpo doesn’t like to socialize too much on his off days, so he wouldn’t push you to meet large groups of people. He can easily take over the conversation if he sees you growing too nervous as his eagle eye is too keen not to notice your body language. A good sense of humor is necessary with him, as he’s often too logical to ‘get’ jokes and would need someone who could laugh at that part of him. He wouldn’t mind playing some games or learning new things, but he’d insist he already knew that, and that he was just seeing the extent of your own knowledge.
Dakota Access Pipeline workers bulldozed sacred sites and graves in North Dakota on Sunday, and I found out today that one of those graves belonged to one of my relatives…
I’m not even from Standing Rock and they desecrated a grave of my family member, Charles Picotte. He isn’t just a long dead man people have forgotten about, this was the grave of a man whose face I know, who I have pictures of in family albums. A family member that lived through the transition to reservation life. I’m upset. I’m angry. I’m shocked right now because it hits home. He was a translator and one of the signers of the Treaty of Fort Laramie, a treaty that 3 of my relatives signed, a treaty they are breaking RIGHT NOW with this pipeline.
I’ve never set foot in Standing Rock, I don’t even know anyone from Standing Rock. But this has affected me all the way over here in Washington, and this is an attack on the rights of native peoples. People need to share what’s happening right now, how they’re desecrating these sacred sites, hiring paramilitary, unleashing dogs and tear gas on protesters defending the health and future of their community, plus their treaty rights, because the media is ignoring all of this. Sign the petition to stop it, send donations to the Sacred Stone camp, raise awareness. This is about the interests of a corporation being put before indigenous peoples rights and health.
i mean a huge part of lgbt culture is the whole “it’s not a phase” and “i’m not confused" thing but that’s just not really true y'know?
like here’s to the people that have gone through countless labels, and still can’t find one that fits
here’s to the people that have declared a label, but then realized that label might not be accurate
here’s to the people that have to come out 1,000 times because their identity is constantly changing
here’s to the people who are confused, and have gone through phases. you’re real and you’re valid.
i love all of you. you don’t have to have everything figured out to be lgbt
It’s been 15 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but the images of that day remain clear. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and a third into the Pentagon in Virginia. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. Because of the actions of 40 passengers and crew aboard the fourth plane, Flight 93, the U.S. Capitol was saved. In New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and across the country, people will gather today to remember the depth of our loss and the strength of our resolve. By visiting these places and hearing their stories, those who were taken will never be forgotten. Photo from the Flight 93 National Memorial by Tami Heilemann, Interior.