Duck Duck Goose


Duck Duck Goose – or what men really think of our prints!

As well as being a popular children’s game, Duck Duck Goose is also the title of my last blog about prints. I told you earlier last week that I would tell you a little story that involved a duck, goose and three men (as well as an annoyed group of friends and a confused print wearer)…so here we go.

Two weeks ago a group of friends were getting merry in a secret, speakeasy-like bar, in Liverpool when one of the friends, who was wearing a lovely black chiffon shirt with a white bird print began getting harassed by three men sat behind her. At first it began with a poke and the question “What’s that on your top?” Next came a tap on the shoulder and the question “Hey, is it a duck?” Finally, all three became involved and seemingly very intrigued as to what was on her top asking “Well which is it, a duck or a goose?” Clearly, they were more interested in the friend than what was on her shirt, but never the less, the print had caught their eye and served as a conversation starter.

This got me thinking about men, women and prints – why women wear them and what men really think of them. Are they simply conversation starters or do men really have an interest when it comes to prints?


To women, prints are a…

  1. Fashion trend
  2. Statement
  3. Way to add colour to your outfit
  4. Guaranteed complement getter from friends
  5. Man magnet?

Is this last point really true?


Having seen the response from the three men last week I would say that for men, prints are:

  1. A conversation starter
  2. A chance to come on to someone
  3. A necessary complement enforcer (when speaking to their significant other)

However, after doing a bit of research across forums, I discovered to my surprise that the majority of men are against prints! That’s right ladies – from looking across countries, age groups and professions there is a clear divide between the sexes.

Here are some of the comments I found (I have left out all the pervy ones i.e., unleash your inner animal and forget the dress):

“What started off as big cat prints, leopards, lions and tigers, has now diversified into zebras and giraffes – it’s ridiculous!”

“Leopard or striped prints always catch my eye, in a good way. What drives us men away? Flower prints! Why some women still dress up in outfits that look like they were once part of their mother’s kitchen curtains is beyond me. Just because I might be approaching my 50’s, doesn’t mean I want to be with a gal who thinks it’s 1950!”

“It’s the female equivalent of men wearing Hawaiian shirts.”

“Yahoo News’ top 10 worst fashion trends of 2011: #3 – Animal Prints – enough said!”

One angry man even compared prints to the character Peggy Bundy from the TV show Married with Children
One angry man even compared prints to the character Peggy Bundy from the TV show Married with Children

Ouch! I don’t think they needed to be on the list of the worst fashion trends of 2011! However, as with all forums the opinions are always balanced and so to leave this post on a better note, lets hear from the women:

“Animal print is a classic women fashion staple like the little black dress.”

“Some women can pull off a print quite nicely and others cannot – it depends on the woman.”

“I like prints, especially animal prints. I like the colour tones of brown that match my skin.”

“My favorite pair of shoes: leopard print 3 inch heel booties with a peeptoe. They are gorgeous, comfortable, and look GREAT with skinny jeans and a tank top!”

So, what do we think to prints ladies – a classic fashion staple or the equivalent of a man’s Hawaiian shirt?

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