May I say, I love your new Enjoltaire fic? Its so pure, I just want to wrap E up in a hug, and give him a socializing 101 book. Can I ask for some of the fashion advice people write in for Bahorel? I feel like his answers are always along the lines of 'more mesh, less pressure to fulfill traditional beauty standards'
I’m so glad you liked it! Enjolras isn’t necessarily terrible at people in general but he is fairly terrible at Grantaire, I think. Good thing he was asking advice from the person best qualified to give it in that case!
As for Bahorel, his column is a monthly affair and literally everyone on the campus reads it. It’s online-only because it tends to be picture and link heavy.
The iconic one would be “You said for people wanting to show their legs off to wear skirts or short shorts, but dudes can’t really do that, and we don’t really look sexy in gym shorts. What about guys who want to show our legs off? Is it only skinny jeans?” And the response is just a picture of Bahorel scowling wearing a sharp blazer and a fluffy tulle skirt that does indeed make his calves look amazing.
But he gets a lot of people saying “Your advice is always to dress for our best assets, but what if we don’t feel like we have any assets?” and Bahorel is very good at helping those people out. “Dude or dudette or non-binary-dude-type-person, everybody’s got assets! Everything is an asset if you phrase it right, or to somebody. The question’s just what YOU like best. Do you think your left wrist is cool? Find a bracelet you love. Into your sternum? V-neck time!”
Also he keeps an exhaustive list of various places to find good clothes for bodies the fashion industry doesn’t like to dress, from plus sizes to lingerie recommendations for trans folk to clothes without tags or lots of seams.
Eventually he starts a vlog channel and ends up doing a series of videos about ways to use your local thrift store that don’t require you to completely rebuild garments.