Guest Post by Erastes
What presses your buttons? What gets you all hot under the collar? I don’t mean angry, obviously, this isn’t an anger management site, but a site where we all, gay, straight, male or female appreciate men in all their glory.
For me… it’s…
Stop that. That’s not EXACTLY what I had in mind. So get out of that outfit and into something more suitable.
Anyway, it doesn’t have enough buttons.
Yes. BUTTONS! Erastes can spend hours on the internet just drooling at the detailing of 18th and 19th century uniforms. I can be sidetracked for DAYS as I look at all the lovely outfits they wore in Nelson’s Navy and only a day or two ago I wasted hours worrying about what the buttons were made of on a Hussar’s uniform because I had someone unbuttoning the jacket. (In the end I had him cut them open and bypassed the buttons entirely)
I’ve been wanting to write about the hussars for ages. Hussars were the glamour boys of the regiments, the Football stars of the day, as it were – hard drinking, hard fighting. They looked good and they knew it.
I wanted originally to do a book about the medieval Polish Hussars who were complete nutters and went to war wearing wings. With a cheetah skin wrapped around them.
As you can see. COMPLETE NUTTERS
But then as I started to research the later Hussars and quite fell in love with the uniforms. The pelisses! The dolmans! The Shako! The frogging! I mean – WOOF!
I can fully understand why men don’t go to war dressed like that these days but OMG so pretty. (And you can clearly see that this gentleman dresses to the right…) (if you were looking) (which of course, I wasn’t)
And then there’s Captain Sexy Britches.
No, it’s not Adam Ant, but by GUM it looks like him. There is nothing not sexy about this man and his uniform. The cut away coat, stylishly showing off the package, the pose–nicely effeminate but still saying “come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.” The colour of the uniform itself (who goes to war in white and light electric blue?) THE BOOTS OMG THE BOOTS.
OK. Erastes is overheating now. Not good. Not good.
I think what I need is to start buying GI Joes and making them little hussar outfits.
I love the internet. You can google ANYTHING and find that it’s already been done…..
And you just KNOW the moustachioed gent on the right is ogling that bit of flesh that the twinky soldier is cheekily showing…
*runs off to toystore*
My love for uniform does extend to more modern things. I do love a half dressed fireman (preferably holding a cat) or West Point cadets… but hussars will always hold my love, I think. It’s the frogging. And no-one does it better than this man.
What about you? Do you long for the return of the breeches and the Hessian boots (I thought they were actually made of Hessian, you know, at one point)(they aren’t)
Do tell! Please reassure me it’s not just me….