Men just want to be chivalrous and helpful in all aspects of life. Something like the heroic act of Spider-Man saving the constantly-in-peril Mary Jane from a string of dangers (gang of thugs, burning building, flying car, dangling from a bridge, etc.) is what may first spring to mind when we think of rescuing damsels in distress. However, there are in fact many ways in which men can assist women in need – one of which is helping them choose their outfits.
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Browsing the range of women’s clothing from online retailers like Peter Hahn will help give males a clue on the trends and styles of modern women, but there’s also something to be said for pure old-fashioned instinct. Putting men’s style-awareness to the test was Elle magazine fashion editor Danielle Prescod, who let her Tinder matches decide her work outfit for a whole week.
Using the ‘Moments’ feature on Tinder, which works somewhat similar to Snapchat’s prime function (essentially posting a photo that can be liked but will ultimately disappear after 24 hours), Danielle started requesting the help from her male matches, unsurprisingly with a vast range of different answers. First posting an image with two different outfits, Danielle would then collate the responses from her makeshift poll, and finally post a second photo by wearing the winning outfit of the day.
Amongst the men’s reactions were (Note: all responses are verbatim, so ignore any punctuation errors):
- “Whichever skirt is shorter.”
- “Sorry but ive never checked out a girl in flares.”
- “And the right is just too boring. For my taste.”
- “I like the bold spring idea with the other one though, not a bad play either.”
- “Skinnies are always hotter!!”
- “You’re helpless without your heterosexual male fashion advisors.”
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that Tinder has been used outside if it’s main purpose of meeting people for dates. Earlier this year, a woman in Boston named Susan used Tinder to ask her male matches if they would help shift the heavy snow from around her car. Getting straight to the point, 27-year-old Susan’s profile stated: “Looking for someone to shovel out my car. Nothing complicated, no strings attached, just please shovel out my car. Thanks so much.”
Once again, Susan unsurprisingly received a vast range of different answers, with everything from discussing open marriages, serious relationships, and even offers of getting involved in a pornographic movie. Nevertheless, chivalry did win in the end, with a 38-year-old man more than willing to help remove the snow from her car. Fittingly, the day was actually Valentine’s Day, yet his reward was simply a cup of coffee, a scone, and a bit of company on the special Day of Romance.
Despite some predictably less-than-favourable responses, all in all the experiments showed that some men on Tinder are willing to help out a gal with fashion or menial tasks, without necessarily getting something romantic in return.