Hi, all! The seven day countdown to the release of The Betrayal of the Blood Lily begins!
While we’re filling in the time before Blood Lily, I have an article up today on Historical Tapestry about Why I Love Men in Black Masks.
There’s just one slight hitch. When the article was posted, the title originally came up as Why I Love Men in Black Tights.
Um… interesting. Not quite the same thing, but I can see the merits of it. To be fair, the article was nearly about Why I Love Men in Knee Breeches (a first cousin of black tights) but it somehow managed to turn into a very dry scholarly discourse on the Long Eighteenth Century and had to be scrapped. (If anyone would like to use it as a sleep aid, it’s still in my files somewhere, along with that paper I wrote on the Regency Crisis of 1810-11 and a historiographical essay on Jacobitism.)
So here’s today’s question: which do you prefer? Men in black masks or men in black tights? (Or knee breeches.)
Since today is Night Jasmine‘s paperback birthday, I’ll be giving away a copy of Night Jasmine the Paperback to one person chosen at random from among the comments.
I prefer men in black masks. Or black eyeliner is always nice!
Masks! No tights. No ballet dancers, no men who weigh less than I do, please! Also, pantyhose=not manly.
Knee breeches are fine so long as they are confined to their correct historical period and do not appear as alternative formalwear in 21st century social scene. Ugh.
Prefer men in knee breeches (tights, if necessary).
I prefer black knee breeches.
The correct answer is obviously “Both!,” as Wesley in “The Princess Bride” so clearly proves. 😉
Black masks. Though knee breeches are fun too.
Masks! Air of mystery, danger, and total sexiness.
I prefer men in black masks who say mysterious, provoking things by candlelight!
I prefer black masks.I think knee breeches are nice too.
Black masks, for sure. Men in masks are mysterious, which is a huge turn-on. That being said, I love to look at guys’ legs, and black tights would definitely serve to enhance the lovely shape–or, depending on the guy, the lack thereof–of said legs.
Tights! Better yet, both!
Totally masks!! Sexy and mysterious.
Black Masks…they are sexy no matter what time period. Although knee breeches on a good pair of legs is always good.
Both! Masks provide the obvious air of mystery while black tights prove a guy’s confidence is very much in tact… both equally seductive if you ask me.
I would probably have to say black masks. Even though, both would be awesome too… =)
Black masks, as long as it’s in a NON-THREATENING way, we are talking masks and not ‘balaclava’, aren’t we?! Not all men have the ‘right’ legs to wear knee breeches or tights, nothing worse than a boney bow legged man in tights (eww, think I might have given myself too much of a visual on that one, lmao!)
Yes, definatly the mask, an air of mystery and mystique and the thought of a strong man with his warm breath brushing against your neck while wearing a black mask is QUITE alluring. Haha, hmmm, might need a cold shower now, nope, just think of the boney kneed bow legged tight wearing man, yep, that’ll do it. Enough rambling, that’s my two penneth.
I am so not picky! I will take either! Masks *are* mysterious, though…. But knee breeches leave so little to the imagination…… And I’m off. Haha.
I would definitely say that masks would be my preference. However the only unfortunate matter would be what he actually looked like behind the mask. In that case, knee breeches/tights could be quite enjoyable so long as the man can pull them off. 🙂
I prefer black masks. As westley from the Princess Bride would say ” They are quite comfortable, I think everyone should be wearing them in the future!”
I cannot wait to get my hands on the new book!
Oh knee breeches!
Such a hard choice, really! But…I think I’m going to go with the knee breeches. Especially if said knee breeches are paired with an eyecatching waistcoat. Waistcoats always make things better!
Knee breeches…so I can see his legs. 🙂
Black Masks of course…While black tights or knee breeches have their merits, there is just something about the mystery behind the mask that is too intriguing to pass up.
Totally masks. They scream sexy spy or pirate… combined with tights they are fine, tights alone… depends on the rest of the outfit. But masks… do you need anything else?
Mysterious masks of course!
Masks, hands down. I am not a big fan of the tights look.
Masks! I’ve always thought they added mystique… 🙂
Ooooo, black masks! Very mysterious and sexy!! Tights? No. Now- tight, black knee breeches is quite another story :->
Masks. And, as you point out in the article, in the masks can be metaphorical. In fact in some ways that’s even more intriguing. That’s part of what fascinates me about spies–trying to find the real person beneath the aliases.
Happy release day!!!!
Men in knee breeches. Every time I see the 2005 “Pride and Pejudice” with Matthew Mcfayden…. pfhew! There’s a certain scene (where Elizabeth is in his house and he follows her out) – he’s wearing the dark blue coat and such – that I’m in love with. I keep trying to get my husband to find that costume for me but alas, no luck.
masks, indeed; tights not so much!
It’s a toss-up. It might depend on what is filling out the breeches. And it could also depend on the face behind the mask. I might have to go with mask, based on a few other novels I’ve read recently.
I like both. Black masks can be very lovely and mysterious for spies and for fancy dress events (I have always loved Cary Grant in “To Catch a Thief”). Due to my love of period films and literature, I also am quite fond of knee britches.
Hmmm…Depends on what else, if anything, they are wearing….
Definitely the knee breeches…just look at the covers of those old bodice rippers…speaking of which, I personally am grateful for the lovely covers we are seeing more of these days…
I prefer men in black tights or knee breeches whichever, but I would certainly take a man in a black mask.
I would have to go with a mask. While knee britches would certainly be appealing, a mask is much more mysterious and exciting. 🙂
Since I love the Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux very much, I have been drawn to the man beneath the mask scenario. The mask seems to be rather more symbolic and representative of a spy… N’est-ce pas? <3
P.S. I’m re-posting because the above post was mine but my name was misspelled.
Knee breeches. There is nothing like a nice cut calf!
I’d have to vote for knee britches. I’m a cynical sort, so the mask would make me fear he was a man not to be trusted.
Black masks are the way to go. You can tell so much from a man’s eyes. You can see that glint when they are being devious and passionate. I believe you can read someone by looking at their eyes.
Masks…I have always loved the Princess Bride.
What ever happened to Masquerade Balls?
I say…masks, I think. Tights are just too….well, tight. Masks are just great – the mysterious fellow, doing heroic deeds in the still of the night and all that.
Read reviews of Night Jasmine! Congrats! I totally agree with them both. 🙂 Can’t wait for Blood Lily!
Black masks for sure! They are so mysterious, and really make you focus on the eyes, which are wonderful!
Well if it’s masks vs. knee breeches, breeches all the way, but tights aren’t really my thing (unless it’s cary elwes as robin hood:))
Both, obviously! Why settle for one when you can have them both? But I’d prefer the breeches every day, since it would be irritating never to see his face. But he could wear it when he was being mysterious and a spy 😀
Black masks are way sexier than knee breeches. They are mysterious, mystifying, and give men a bad boy look that is extremely hot.
black tights, always. the title recalls good old fashioned mel brooks humor and ‘men in masks cannot be trusted’ as Princess Bride clearly states!
I prefer knee breeches—if the gentleman has a Fine Leg, of course!
Both? :o) If not, I pick black masks. The air of intrigue and the unknown.
Masks for sure. Knee breeches and wet shirt if it is Cplin Firth, however.
Masks. Its manlier, sexier and mysterious.
I have to go for black tights because of Mikhail Baryshnikov. I can watch that man any day, any day, any outfit. Dancing, walking, standing, heck, even singing.
Now that I think about it, being the football geek that I am, I should have said tight knee breeches – football style. Those pads do wonders for those skinny little wide receivers. 🙂
I think I’d have to say knee breeches or tights, but only because it allows better wearing of boots. I’ve recently decided that all the best heroes wear those black boots. Bit of a turn-on for me 🙂
I would have to say masked men in knee breeches. Why choose if you can have both!
Knee breeches!!! They remind me of colin firth as Darcy in bbc’s pride and prejudice. Perfection, and quite possibly the love of my life 🙂 Really, there is something irresistible about a man in knee breeches.
Masks… I think. Luckily they usually go hand in hand, so we don’t really have to choose!
Knee breeches for me! I guess I’ve been seing all those bbc dramas and that just stands out, especially when the hero is posing so galantly and debonair!
I have to go with masks it makes them mysterious and sexy.
Men in black knee breeches. Men in black masks are fun, but there is always the chance that you will end up with the WRONG man in a black mask – Amy’s mistaking Georges Marston for Richard in Pink Carnation proves that point! Mmm, Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in knee breeches… *drools*
that’s a hard one…. hmm. With Masks, we have V from V for Vendetta and the Phantom from Phantom of the Opera. (Even though their masks weren’t black)Knee britches, we have Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester. Can I have both????? Please?!
would have to say knee breeches, just never know whose behind that mask.