Delight in Disorder

While it’s true that I do love a sharp dressed man, it’s the realness found in a bit of disheveledness that is most irresistible to me. I claim to have no fashion sense, which is true to a certain extent, but I generally do know what is socially acceptable; I just ignore it 😉

It’s understandable then, why the Robert Herrick poem Delight in Disorder, is a favorite:

A sweet disorder in the dress kindles in clothes a wantonness;

say it with me: w-a-n-t-o-n-n-e-s-s

A lawn about the shoulders thrown into a fine distraction;

blue is always a fine distraction, IMO

An erring lace, which here and there enthralls the crimson stomacher;

the tie laces through the collar & the eye is drawn to the stomach area *pats self on back for finding a connection*

A cuff neglectful, and thereby ribbons to flow confusedly;

a too-long cuff confuses the outfit. don’t dismiss the shoes, there’s a whimsical kind of anarchy about them.

A winning wave, deserving note in the tempestuous petticoat;

raised arms could possibly show the midriff; work w/me people, this poem is about a woman!

A careless shoe-string, in whose tie I see a wild civility;

loosely tied boots. finally, an easy one!

Do more bewitch me, than when art is too precise in every part.

I love these trousers and I won’t apologize for it.

–yes, I know disheveledness is not a word but if Richard can weigh himself down with multiple strappy bags, I can use made up words 😀

that was a flimsy excuse just to post this pic

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19 thoughts on “Delight in Disorder

  1. Love it! Loved the interview where he says it takes him 30 seconds to get ready for an event like the Empire Awards. You just have to believe him, even when he looks gorgeous! He can’t help what he looks like. He just accepts it and throws on clothes and he looks amazing, even if disheveled. Remember the BAFTA LA Tea? Someone wrote that he looked charmingly disheveled, or something like that! I can’t tell you how much I love the pic of him with Graham McTavish looking at his computer. Wow.

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    • Cill says:

      He gives the impression that he doesn’t *know* he looks amazing. Or maybe he really doesn’t know. Or doesn’t care. (A few of his own fashion choices from years past suggest he could not have looked in a mirror before he went out).

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    • thank you! sometimes I get a little self-conscious, wondering why anyone would want to read my nuttiness 😳 but I have a lot of fun putting the posts together, so it’s nice to hear that they’re fun for others too 😀

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      • Evie says:

        Btw, I like RA more when he doesn’t dress well. It’s so endearing and feels much more approachable, like he is one of us. He is too good looking already. As dashing as those GQ looks are I love his causal and uncoordinated looks more.

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        • I totally agree w/you, Evie! he looks very good when he’s trussed up like a model but there’s something about the everyday casual that entices me more, or when there is a bit of disorder. the imperfections make him relatable ğŸ˜Ž

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  2. Cill says:

    I think that this entire post is about Guy:

    ‘A sweet disorder in the dress kindles in clothes a wantonness;’ is obviously http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Cz7KMKqziYk/TEuKufVgRQI/AAAAAAAAFqQ/TmsSlR2ao5M/s640/FotoFlexer_Photo-2.jpg

    ‘A lawn about the shoulders thrown into a fine distraction;’ is http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JQHSiKVEXqA/SwYLyNWeidI/AAAAAAAAAA8/rvzPCLGuHhQ/s1600/S3+guy21.jpg
    (and those are some big shoulders to cover)

    ‘An erring lace, which here and there enthralls the crimson stomacher;’
    The man is the king of errant laces *everywhere* but particularly in the, um. abdominal area
    http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/.a/6a01348361f24a970c013484879daf970c-pi

    ‘A cuff neglectful, and thereby’ ribbons to flow confusedly;’ http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/12900000/Drunk-dirty-and-gorgeous-sir-guy-of-gisborne-12992592-1024-576.jpg

    ‘A winning wave, deserving note in the tempestuous petticoat;’

    ‘A careless shoe-string, in whose tie I see a wild civility;’
    I couldn’t find any pictures of Guy in unlaced shoes or boots, so here’s one with lots of laces everywhere else http://iwanttobeapinup.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/robin-hood-series3-guy-of-gisborne.jpg

    ‘Do more bewitch me, than when art is too precise in every part.’

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    • I did think of Guy’s black shirt in relation to the lace/ribbons but I wanted to focus on Richard instead of his characters 🙂 I feel I must point out that your reasoning for the first verse is a bit weak, since he’s barely dressed 😛

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      • Cill says:

        There’s other things Guy laces up too.
        As for the first verse, my choice is perfect IMO;
        he is partially dressed (braies and armour), so that takes care of the ‘sweet disorder’ and the wantonness just follows naturally. 😉

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