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An ode to guy friends

By Megan Collins | Last Updated: Oct 13 2016

It seems like you can’t turn the corner these days without running into a movie poster featuring attractive young people mired in confusing friendships-turned-maybe-relationships. The question all the posters seem to be asking is, “Can men and women ever just be friends?” to which I say, yes, and also, your movie looks terrible.

{me ignoring my male bff Daniel’s clearly hilarious story}

It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that a girl writing about guys’ style might have more male friends than female ones. Sure, sometimes I have to put up with the occasional fart joke (or more often, jokes). And yes, my guy friends may not actually want to hear my analysis of the latest Keeping Up with the Kardashians episode, but they pretend to listen and that’s good enough.

I spend a lot of time doling out advice (nicely..I hope) about how guys might…improve themselves to make us ladies happy in what you wear, and yes, sometimes, how you act. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate my male counterparts for exactly who they are. I value the friendships I have with the guys in my life and wouldn’t change them for anything. So this is a shout-out to you fellas being, well, pretty darn great.

Below, a couple reasons I love my guy friends, platonically-speaking of course:

  • He’ll tell you how you look in that outfit…if you ask twice and promise him you really do want to know.
  • Guy friends are a blast to go shopping with if they’ll let you. Let your inner Stacy London out by helping them pick out new clothes. Everybody wins – he gets a wardrobe that actually matches, and you get to go shopping without plunking down any money at the register.
  • Being the friend of the groom is the way easier than sitting on the bride’s side of the aisle. There’s no chance your buddy will ever, ever look at a gravy boat you got him and think of you. He will not remember it’s from you. Shoot, he will not be able to properly identify the item he’s holding as a gravy boat unless there is actual gravy in it. Give cash and call it a day.
  • A guy friend will always share the nacho platter appetizer with you at dinner, with no disingenuous back-and-forth of “should we or shouldn’t we?” Because of course you should.
  • Guy friends make great workout partners because they’ll push you (I’m convinced every guy has a Coach Taylor inside them, just waiting to come out). Plus, they won’t be scared off by how your face looks trying to squeeze out that last rep.
  • They’re usually game for mindless entertainment. When you’ve had a really crappy day – when the boy you like doesn’t like you back, and your boss yelled at you, and you feel ugly in your jeans – your guy friend will go with you for a feast of cheeseburgers and beers, then to a ridiculous blow ‘em up movie where Vin Diesel jumps from a train to a car to a motorcycle with explosives inexplicably strapped to his chest (as opposed to a rom-com where Kate Hudson goes shopping in a musical montage set to a Katy Perry song).