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Ladies, Meet the Lumbersexual

He's the answer to the metrosexual and the latest thing in men's fashion
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2014 8:14 AM CST
Updated Nov 16, 2014 11:08 AM CST
Ladies, Meet the Lumbersexual
Do you know a lumbersexual?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – He's unshaven, a little dirty, and dresses like a woodsman. No, he's not a slob, he's … sexy? This guy—think Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor, Nick Offerman, or Chuck Norris—is a lumbersexual, apparently. And just what is that? He's the opposite of the shaven and moisturized metrosexual, with all his skinny jeans and hair gel, Gear Junkie explains. The lumbersexual wears an "unkempt beard, nothing tight, plaid, maybe even plaid on plaid, and an appropriate level of disaffection," writes Tom Puzak. "His backpack carries a MacBook Air, but looks like it should carry a lumberjack's axe." But these lovers of the "pseudo-outdoors" live in concrete jungles, sporting their flannel and work boots on the streets of LA or New York.

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"The lumbersexual spends the same amount of money, but looks filthy," writes Aleksander Chan at Gawker. "Both kinds of men are working very hard to fashion themselves into a certain look." And the look came from the gay community, contends Tim Teeman at the Daily Beast. They invented the "smooth, pretty gay metrosexual," and their "hairier brethren," the "bears" and cubs" inspired the lumbersexual. "Have it," he writes. "We have nothing left to give you." Cosmopolitan seems to like this kind of boyfriend, who can build you a dresser, find wild blackberries, and open beer with a Buck knife. "Chances are if you're reading this right now, you already know you're dating a lumbersexual," writes Lane Moore. "And you know what? Good for you." (Read more fashion stories.)

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