Haute Thing: Madeline of Jean Greige
Stylish Babes Tell Us What They Really Think About Men's Style.5-Oct-2012
Meet our latest Haute Thing gal pal, Madeline Pendleton. Hailing from sunny California, this super stylin’ babe is making waves on Lookbook.nu with her alternative style. As well as this, Madeline is the co-owner of the vintage clothing label Tunnel Vision, so she damn well knows what’s up when it comes to fashion. Listen hard lads.
What’s your name? Madeline Pendleton
How old are you? 26
What kinda style do you like on guys? I like it when a guy is fashionable, but still authentic. I think a good rule is that your aesthetic should reflect your musical interests. For example: if you don’t listen to garage rock, you probably shouldn’t wear ripped jeans. It just comes across cheesy.
What are some things guys should just never wear? Ha, okay, normally I’d say nothing is off limits. HOWEVER, there is one outfit in particular that is just a big no-no, especially when worn out to a bar: a light blue button-up tucked into distressed bootcut jeans. This seems to be every guy’s go-to nightlife outfit when they don’t know what to wear, and it’s so generic that it masks your personality entirely. If you hit on me wearing this outfit, it will creep me out just as much as if you were wearing a ski mask. Who’s under there, generic impression of a ‘guy’?! What are you hiding?! Why can’t I know who you really are?!
What are some current trends that you think guys need to ditch? Basic button-ups worn open over tee shirts…unless you’re layering a flannel and channelling Reality Bites, you probably only need one shirt.
What are some things, in your opinion, that never get old in men’s fashion? Anything that looks ‘classic’ is classic for a reason. Peacoats, slim indigo denim, jean jackets, black lace-up boots, knit caps, leather jackets, Converse high-tops, worn-in vintage tee shirts – these are things that will be hip forever.
What do you think it says about a guy if he’s always in sneakers? He doesn’t quite know how to wear ‘real’ shoes, but that’s okay.
You meet a hot guy with bad dress sense. Deal breaker? Most definitely. Your physical appearance is what you were born with – I don’t care too much about that. But the way you dress? That’s your personality and interests, through and through! If we aren’t connecting aesthetically, we probably aren’t going to connect mentally either. As a result, I judge a man’s babeliness off of his clothing first and his face or physique second.
Guy dresses really well, but still lives with his parents. Deal breaker? Eh…it depends. You’ve got to be making some seriously amazing art for this to be okay…we’re talkin’ Pollock or Bukowski.
Guy spends more money on clothes than you do. Deal breaker? Not in the least!
Who is a guy who you think personifies good style? I think Marc Bolan from T. Rex was the epitome of style. He’s the perfect combination of audacity and apathy. He could wear a top hat and make it look nonchalant. I think that’s just the thing with all of those great cult rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s, though. The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, The Ramones…they just had the look. You trusted in their taste explicitly because they were just cool – you could see it! And you bought the records because you knew that if they made it, it was cool, too – it had to be.
Groomed guys or scruffy guys, who do you prefer? I can get into any vibe if it’s done the right way. If I had to choose, I’d go for scruffy hair and a clean face, but I’m pretty impartial. The only thing that creeps me out is overly-groomed facial hair.
Finish these sentences:
Every guy should own a good…vintage denim jacket that fits like a glove.
Camo print is…really great if done well, and perplexing if done incorrectly.
Guys who wear caps are…either superheroes or delightfully impractical – either way, I’m intrigued.
On a first date a guy should wear…whatever he wears most often. I want to see the real you!
Guys who wear luxury brands are…rich and probably fussy.
Graphic tshirts on guys are…awesome if they’re vintage, cheesy if they’re new.
Beards on guys are…hot if they aren’t overly groomed.
Tattoos on guys are…a quick snapshot of their adolescence. It’s like Cliff’s Notes to your life story.
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