Benedict Cumberbatch at the 2013 CineCity Film Festival Party

Posted on November 15, 2013

We could’ve featured him on the red carpet at that GQ Men of the Year party, but we thought his outfit was much cuter at this event:


Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Soho House and Grey Goose party to celebrate the CineCity film festival in Brighton, England.

That’s how you want your boyfriend to dress.

Sure, we could quibble – scarf indoors; too many layers; jacket and sweater not quite going together; overall sense of stuffiness – but come on. That’s fantasy boyfriend cute. That’s your fantasy boyfriend at a party with you. And he dressed himself without any help because your fantasy boyfriend is stylish and self-sufficient. With great hair. And when you say, “I think I want something to drink,” something frosty just magically appears in his hand because that’s the way it works with fantasy boyfriends. He’s kind to waiters and other service workers. Dogs and old ladies love him. He smells like leather and pine. No. Pancakes. He smells like chocolate chip pancakes. He loves mopping. He never needs to be asked to come shopping with you and understands instinctively that he’s supposed to be quiet and carry things when he does. He can hail a cab by whistling.

Go ahead and add to the list, but let’s all agree that “He makes me laugh” and “He makes me come” are givens in the whole fantasy boyfriend scenario.





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  • PlethoraofBooks

    Can we run off together? I’ll help him out of those layers…

  • Diego!

    STUNNING look! I don’t find him attractive either (today is clearly NOT my day, LOL), anyway, but
    he looks great here! It’s a male WERQ to me! Way to go! 😀

    • Robin

      I like the idea of a “male WERQ”. Let’s call it a “MERQ”.

  • seelebrennt

    oh i love him. i love that he is giving me a challenge with all those layers…it’s like “how many licks does it take to get to the center”. he’s so thoughtful.

  • WendyD

    He loves his errant curl and lets me play with it whenever I want.

    He reads all the TLo posts to me in his dulcet baritone. And enjoys the snark with me.

    I’ve been hoping you’d feature this look since I saw it a few days ago. Perfect Benedict is Perfect!

    • Missy

      He reads all the TLo posts to me in his dulcet baritone. And enjoys the snark with me.


    • Lanus

      OMG, TLo, get Benedict to do your audiobook.

      • Julie Ree

        Or Alan Rickman. Love those bad boy British men with dulcet baritones.

        • Lanus

          The Uber nerd in me wants them to get Cecil Baldwin to do it. BECAUSE OMG HOW PERFECT.

  • Jessica Pippin

    TOO TRUE. All of the above.

  • Corinna Makris

    I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    “And when you say, “I think I want something to drink,” something frosty just magically appears in his hand..” – DING! So funny!!

  • Fantasy boyfriend does not bat an eye when you decide to start a new hobby/craft and spend $500.00 at Joann Fabrics. He praises your creativity and offers to clean out the spare room so you can have a “studio” *sigh*

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      And he WEARS the hat, scarf, sweater or underwear you have knitted, crocheted or sewn for him no matter what it looks like!

  • Lauren

    I’m sorry…when did TLo become screenwriters for my personal rom-com? I. Love. This.

    • NOLA_gal

      Unfortunately, if it was MY rom-com, he’d end up being gay and then we’d be best friends forever. Because that’s how my life works.

      • Monica


        • Monica

          although if Benedict ended up being my fantasy gay bf, he would introduce me to he best (straight) mate, Tom Hiddleston. Then we would all live happily ever after.

          • NOLA_gal

            Invite me to the wedding?

          • Kimberlini

            Cute but Tom is mine.

      • VioletF.

        I resemble that remark! *Le sigh*

  • carnush

    Adorbs! Love the jacket and scarf. Green is his color.

  • He does the washing up without being asked.

    He warms up my hands by buying tea, having me hold it, and holding his hands over mine.

    He gives stern but gentle lectures about safety to kids who jaywalk that end in awkward hi5ives.

    • WendyD

      He warms up my hands by buying tea, having me hold it, and holding his hands over mine.

      Oh that is a delightful image. mmMMmm

    • The Counselor

      I would prefer “he lets me put my cold hands anywhere I want in order to warm them up,” but I looooove your 3rd item 🙂

      Speaking of warming up, I’m only slowly doing so toward BC, but there’s room for him now that the Fassbender has taken a nosedive on my list…

    • ankali

      On cold nights, he lies on my side of the bed first so that it’s warm when I get in. Then he snuggles me.

  • Emily Dagger

    This makes him look like a modern day Bertie Wooster, which is exactly how I would dress him if he was my non-fantasy boyfriend.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Wow, I’ve never understood the attraction until now. This is the type of outfit I LOVE to wear and I would love my fantasy boyfriend to wear. He makes me swoon. And his eyebrows are PERFECT.

    • I didn’t either and then I watched Sherlock. Now I adore him, especially here as my perfect fantasy boyfriend.

  • Psssssttttt…..I think your fantasy boyfriend my be gay. He’s sounds way too perfect.

    Oh wait….

    : )

    • demidaemon


  • Scimommy

    So happy you’re featuring this outfit! It does have actual personality to it, doesn’t?

    My fantasy BF talks to me in Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice. And is emotionally unavailable like Sherlock. What can I say, I have issues.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. Main trait for my Fantasy BF would have to psychically know when to be loving and companionable and when to leave me the fuck alone and live his own life without me having to hold his hand through every little thing. And similarly be o.k with me alternately showering him with compliments and attention and largely ignoring him for days on end. Also, competent at home repairs.

      • fursa_saida

        It seems we are going to be fighting over the apparently tiny supply of men who fit this description.

        • formerlyAnon

          I had one for 17 years (dating & married) till the balance went off kilter, so I think I’ve probably had my share for life. But I try to look at it as validation for the idea that such men (and women) do exist.

          • fursa_saida

            Nice! Everyone I’ve been involved with turned very needy at some point, so I’m bitter.

      • majorbedhead

        When you find such a paragon, let me know. I’ve yet to meet one that even remotely hits any of those marks.

        • formerlyAnon

          My ex- and I navigated something pretty close to that (well, neither of us were good at home repairs) for quite a while until . . . Extremely Short Version: the balance shifted in several ways and was not regained. Divorced, but we still get along, warily. The trick is not to find the Perfect Boyfriend but the Boyfriend with Dovetailing Baggage.

  • k_dev

    and he does WooKie impersonations for the kids… or is this part of having a sense of humor?

    • María Foulquié

      any man who can surprise Harrison Ford with a wookie impersonation is good enough for me

  • random_poster

    “He smells like leather and pine. No. Pancakes. He smells like chocolate chip pancakes.”

    You’re killing it today, TLo!! Not that you don’t usually, but dayum!

  • lunchcoma

    This is the first time I’ve ever been attracted to him. The hair is great, the clothes are great, and I completely want to run off to drunk brunch with him.

    I’m curious whether this is going to be a temporary thing, or whether I’ll start seeing the hot even when he’s not so put together.

    • Emily Dagger

      Congratulations — you’ve had your first hit and soon you’ll be an addict like the rest of us.

      (seriously, this is how it happens — I was always like “well, he’s very talented, but…” and then I saw a photoshoot where he looked like an alien sun god carved from pure butterscotch and I was hooked).

      • Leah Elzinga

        I was never attracted to him in pictures, but Sherlock just destroyed me. It’s his voice, his affectations, shit son, even his POSTURE. mmmmmmm…

      • TrixieConQueso

        This is my first time with him too, where I got Cartoon Hearts for Eyes while gazing upon him. But am slightly worried about our SexyTime when I yell out his name, I might not have correct pronunciation …BUT! Fantasy Boyfriend would not get mad at something like that riiiiiight?

        • mlle

          Perfect Boyfriend would accept any and all nicknames you choose to bestow upon him.

          • WendyD

            I read a recent ‘Interview’ article between Benedict and Gary Oldman and Oldman referred to him as “Cumby”. Aww.

        • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

          Just call him Ben.

        • María Foulquié

          I’m pretty sure that during sexy time I couldn’t help but call him Sherlock. I hope he’d be ok with that…
          Of course he would! He’s perfect fantasy boyfriend!

      • lunchcoma

        Ah, so it’s one of those progressions. I started with, “Well, I’m sure he’s a nice person, but…” and then watched Sherlock a bit and moved to, “Not for me personally, but I can see that. He is very talented, and he has a lovely voice…” But, yeah, now he’s full blown hot.

        I suppose can deal with another celebrity crush on a charming gentleman, and this would go nicely with my Hiddleston fixation.

        • Lanus

          They. are. mates. And, Cumby recently poked the fanworld puppy by suggesting that fan artists consider a 3-way situation with Cumby, Hiddles, and Matt Smith. At which point every Nerd who Loves Boys needed fresh unders.

        • Emily Dagger

          I should clarify that I was destined to love him because I unreservedly love people with names that sound vaguely made up. So even had he never tickled my lust button, he would’ve had a standing invitation to come ’round to tea with me, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Dinklage, Barkevious Mingo, and D’Brickashaw Henderson.

          • majorbedhead

            Englebert Humperdink. Although, that is a made up name. (Google the Eddie Izzard skit about it. Get back to me when you’ve stopped giggling.)

          • anneland

            That Mingo guy is cute!

      • ashtangajunkie

        “Alien sun god carved from pure butterscotch” is perfect. So perfect.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        Again, this is why I read TLo. They’re brilliant, but you Bitter Kittens are the essential icing on the Cumbercake.

        • Emily Dagger


          Now I can only think of dirty innuendos about wanting to ice his Cumbercupcake.

      • That description makes me so happy in so many ways *yum*

    • louised

      I didn’t get it either until I saw him in the Star Trek movie. Not even kidding, I couldn’t stop thinking about him for days. It’s the voice. It did wear off, a little, but…here I am. I think he deserves special commendation here for his hair, which is often problematic but looks great here.

  • lobsterlen

    My fantasy boyfriend has just invited a 20 of my closest friends over for dinner party, cooked the entire dinner and set the table. He is standing there asking, “Do you like the rustic dinner party theme, darling? Here is a frosty drink and let me rub your shoulders before the company arrives.”

    • Imasewsure

      That’s a good fantasy but my fantasy boyfriend is a bit naughtier before the company arrives…. oh yes and he also does the dishes and drives all my drunk ass friends home after the party!! Ah dreams….

  • Why is a Brighton film festival having their party at Soho House? Love the Grey Goose swizzel stick though – their marketing is superb. He… well I find him charming but he doesn’t get my motor running.

  • algaechick

    In my world, I have inadvertently given my fantasy boyfriend a “love-bite” during the previous night’s escapades, and so he has to keep his scarf on indoors.
    Oh, look, it came true!!

  • MilaXX

    He looks so very British here. Love the whole look.
    Mmmmmmm, chocolate chip pancakes.

  • ChristySchiff

    Cumberbatch does nothing for me, but if that’s the only model you have available in the Fantasy Boyfriend, I’ll take it! Because Fantasy Boyfriend sounds so dreamy. Sigh.

    • mlle

      Same here. And at the very least, we can confirm that this model of Fantasy Boyfriend has excellent sweaters to steal.

      Incidentally, Fantasy Boyfriend doesn’t mind when you steal his sweaters so that you have something cozy to wear while you watch football on Sundays.

  • mjude

    well I am putting my order in!

  • Leah Elzinga

    this might be my all-time favourite T-Lo post, up to and including the Miss Universe posts. You’ve pretty much tapped on all my favorite things and now I feel happy and warm.

  • kirkyo

    Hilarious, TLO!

  • filmcricket

    Oh Uncles, you are lovely. Blueberry Pumpkinpatch here does nothing for me, but that description of Fantasy Boyfriend was pretty much perfect. I’m just going to switch Matt Bomer into the starring role, because hey, it’s my fantasy, I’ll do what I want.

    This outfit is great. He looks like he’ll be reading “Something” by Ralph Waldo Emerson later.

    • I’m with you, I’ll be taking these imaginary man qualities and infusing them into someone a little more rough and tumble. I’m looking at you Hunnam….

    • mlle

      +1 for the Mad Men.

    • Nicholas

      Let’s be realistic; there is no way his nickname would not be Tweedy.

    • “Something” by Ralph Waldo Emerson is the ultimate fantasy boyfriend book. Oh, Pegs…

  • LaSylphide

    Dorky but cute. (Does his forehead have a crack in it?)

  • French_Swede

    Yes, he looks great. Love the Grey Goose swizzle stick.
    But that room he’s standing in! I want to be there RIGHT NOW.

  • Nicoclaws

    I though he wasn’t wearing shoes, just grey socks.

  • Danielle

    I bet he makes love like he holds that martini .Confidently and masterfully.

  • wisenhar

    When you’ve had a bad day, he pours you a generous glass of wine, draws a perfect temperature bubble bath in a candle-lit bathroom with a fantastic soaking tub. Then he slips into the tub and invites you to climb in and he rubs your shoulders while you complain about what a crappy day you had. Mmmmmmm

  • NoveltyRocker

    That’s my fantasy friend that is a boy.

  • ojosazules

    He makes my grandkids laugh.

  • vahtel

    Benedict and George in the same morning. I don’t think I can take much more.

    • WendyD

      Have you seen the photos of them together from the BAFTAs last weekend??

      • vahtel

        No! I didn’t know such a thing existed.

  • DTLAFamilies

    I think TLo could have a sideline business writing fic for fansites, preferably slash fic involving Cumby and Hiddleston.

    • larshine

      Where do I sign up for this mailing list? And who else will be joining them as the TLo Adventures continue? Matt Bomer perhaps? Wait, I need to lie down a moment…

  • lobsterlen

    I never have to tell my fantasy boyfriend what I told to my real life husband this morning … No you cannot wear green pants and a solid green sweater together. You look like the Jolly Green Giant.

    • mlle

      Ahahaha. I was talking to one of my boys the other night, and he tried to defend his sartorial missteps with an argument along the lines of “I usually KNOW what I’m doing wrong, I just don’t care enough to fix it.”

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t quite rock my casbah, but this outfit certainly does. In addition to the givens that are mentioned, Fantasy Boyfriend “bribes” me with mimosas, crepes with nutella and foot massages after our Saturday morning run, he also runs with me at my pace and never leaves my side. He looks like Tom Hiddleston. Wait, fantasy boyfriend IS Tom Hiddleston.

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      Right on! Hiddles is also a perfect fantasy boyfriend. I’ve watched that video of him having a sleepover with Josh Horowitz many times already and I now want my fantasy boyfriend to do the ‘snake hips” whenever I need cheering up!

      • Anna_Cecilia

        Have you seen the video of him dancing? If not, youtube it. You will laugh and cry and then fall in love with him all over again. At least, I did. I concur that Fantasy Boyfriend loves to dance.

        • Nonmercisansfacon

          Haha you mean the video opf him dancing while promoting Thor in Japan or China? Yes I did. It’s all kind of amazing and embarassing! If he wasn’t in car while singing Stand by me, I’m sure he would have gave us a dancing show also!

    • lunchcoma

      My fantasy boyfriend is also Tom Hiddleston. He goes to my boring cousin’s boring wedding without complaint, makes charming conversation with my elderly relatives, dances up a storm, and makes it a fun wedding. He reads to me in his lovely voice before bed, and he’ll make “ehehehe” noises at even my corniest jokes.

    • not_Bridget

      Meanwhile, Tom Mison is coming from behind in the British Fantasy Boyfriend Sweepstakes…

      • WendyD

        That’s what she said.

  • tereliz

    “He loves mopping.”


    (seriously, though, that sounds like a DREAM!!)

  • padma sallah

    Bless. He looks adorable and pleased with himself. I am not sold on the scarf, but the rest of the outfit is undeniably cute.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Oh Benny. Why do you have to remind me that I still have to wait 3 more months at least for the new season of Sherlock?

    • No, just 2 more months ish. I don’t think he’ll looks this cute in Sherlock anyway.

      For this week, Fantasy Boyfriend only needs me to vaguely mention a home repair project that needs doing and he does it. In addition to all the wonderful things TLo mentioned as well.

      • Nonmercisansfacon

        Ouh do we finally know the air date for the UK? I know they said January for the States but I haven’t heard a date for BBC.

        • not_Bridget

          I’m quite sure it will premiere in the UK before we see it over here. No, the date hasn’t been set…..

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Very dapper!

  • jw_ny

    That scarf indoors is douchey…especially with him holding the glass of champagne (?). Really great jacket tho…too nice for the sweater and tee he has on with it. The shoes are too focus pulling too.

    As for BF material…he’s another one I don’t get the fawning all over of. If he were mine, I’d hide the jacket before I ditched him…

  • KinoEye

    Nailed it as usual, TLo. Fantasy boyfriend also sends you sweet texts early in the morning so you wake up to them, offers to make you his grandma’s chicken noodle soup if you’re sick, gives the best back massages in the world, puts your coat on for you in restaurants, is muscular (but not too muscular), with a bit of scruff, lovely hands, wears a fabulous peacoat, and listens to you talk about anything and everything while retaining genuine interest. And of course, the laughing and coming. Fantasy boyfriend is, at long last, no longer a fantasy for me. 🙂 Now, if only he had Cumby’s delicious accent…

    • mshesterp

      For me either. 🙂 I’m feeling pretty smug about my awesome boyfriend right about now! Mine has a delightful southern twang, and that’s a pretty dang close second to the British alternative.

  • hillmad

    And could the background be any more perfect? I want to go to there.

  • NOLA_gal

    Love the list, but not the toy surprise. However, I would certainly let him read to me, as he does have one of the finest voices EVER.

  • marlie

    I just love this. He’s adorably nerdy, and the Epitome of English stuffiness. LOVE.

  • another_laura

    Hitting the nail on the head, as usual, T Lo. Lose the scarf and wouldn’t this be the thing you absolutely want to see when you come home at the end of a long week?

  • Imasewsure

    This is naughty college English professor fantasy cute (except the shoes which do not work with this outfit and are therefore not part of my fantasy at all)

    • Shawn EH

      Love those shoes!

  • amber.

    You know….

    I follow you guys for fashion but I mostly follow for the commentary.
    “Go ahead and add to the list, but let’s all agree that ‘He makes me laugh’ and ‘He makes me come’ are givens in the whole fantasy boyfriend scenario.”— Bless you both, truly.

  • boweryboy

    He’s proving the age old adage that “clothes make the man” in spades here. This is the first time that I’ve ever found him pants moveable attractive, and it’s all because of the clothes. Nothing more than that.

    And yes, I SO want my partner to dress like this.

    And also, to add to the list:
    He makes his bubbie’s homemade chicken noodle soup for you when you’re sick.
    He spontaneously shows up at your job with flowers and a kiss, “Just because…”

    • marlie

      My real-life bf showed up at my job with flowers when I was having a particularly miserable day, and that pretty much sealed the deal for me.

  • R.A.

    F.B. hates football and golf. He buys you puppies and puts them in boxes with holes cut in them a la Lady and the Tramp. He never farts in his sleep and he periodically enacts the Dirty Dancing lift scene in the living room with you.

    • Just how many puppies can you handle?! A puppy a week? A puppy a month? Just for birthdays and Christmas? That’s a lot of puppies (but don’t let me spoil your fantasy… as you were.)

  • MartyBellerMask

    Adorbs. And y’all are funny. My fantasy boyfriend looks more like Peter Saarsgaard, but I’ll take this one.

  • 😀

  • Come to Momma 😉

  • MissKimP

    Updated Lord Peter Wimsey, whom I had a crush on, sight unseen (the BBC version doesn’t count), many, many years ago.

  • alyce1213

    It’s like, how much more British could he be? And the answer is none. None more British.
    I like him.

  • Shawn EH

    He’s a brilliant conversationalist, but he knows when to shut up. Sometimes you just sit and read your ebooks together while the tea brews.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’ll cosign this one. I’d even switch from coffee to tea for this one.

  • decormaven

    Addendum to fantasy boyfriend fan fic: At a party, he wears a jacket like BC’s with giant patch pockets, large enough to hold a pinched magnum of fine champagne and the best hors d’s for the two of you to nibble after the event. And he never needs to be asked to come shopping with you and understands instinctively that he’s supposed to be quiet, carry things, and bring his AmEx Centurion card.

  • CeeQ

    He knows that those peep toes are way hotter on you than on the model. He knows which Prada bag you’ve been coveting and will of course introduce you to his dear granny while on your mini break to Paris.

  • jspark

    Perfect boyfriend can carry the umbrella in a way that keeps BOTH of you dry.
    Perfect boyfriend invents curry dishes on the spot.
    Perfect boyfriend knows not everyone can be a model, but can’t for the life of him figure out why you’re not one.

  • veronicafish

    I really don’t get it. I want to, if only because his name is amazeballs. But I don’t.

  • Chris ‘Supermarky’ Maher

    I don’t know serious ass demerits for the sweater, but at least the scarf might be hiding a tshirt so we don’t have to see *that*

  • Violentcello

    Oh dear. It just occurred to me why I don’t like him. He looks like my creepy ex-landlord who used go into my apartment without notice, use my things and, while I can’t prove it, I’m pretty sure he went through my medicine cabinet.

    • marlie

      Uh… EW. Glad he’s an EX landlord.

  • Fordzo

    My fantasy boyfriend smells like silage and maple syrup. No! Like creme de menthe and peach schnapps.

    • formerlyAnon

      There HAS to be a story about this recurring creme de menthe & peach schnapps theme. NObody comes out of the womb (or arrives at fake id drinking age) just genetically craving that combination. It doesn’t even work if you try to imagine it as ice cream, or baked goods.

      • Fordzo

        Creme de menthe and peach schnapps are the flavor of my youth. I’m not sure why, but peach schnapps was the liquor of choice in my circle of friends. There was one girl who could pass for legal age, and we’d all pitch in and she’d run to the liquor store and buy a couple bottles of peach schnapps before every dance or sportsball game and we’d pass them around and get tipsy. I really have no idea WHY it was peach schnapps – it just WAS.

        Then, one night another friend stole a bottle of creme de menthe from her parent’s liquor cabinet (it was the only bottle she figured they wouldn’t miss) and brought it along to a dance. I still remember the taste of first taking a swig of peach schnapps and then a swig of creme de menthe as the bottles were passed around. I was wearing a plaid dress with a boat neck and a full skirt, and the boy I liked most in the world asked me to dance. 3 years later, the couple we were on a double date with got into a fight, and he drove the guy home and I rode home with the girl. They were in an accident and the boy I liked most in the world died the next day. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

        Believe me, it’s not like I think the combination is something everyone needs to try because it’s so unbelievably awesome. It’s just that, when I taste either of those two flavors, I’m 15 again (in the very best of ways).

        • formerlyAnon

          Let me buy a round of creme de menthe and peach schnapps & we’ll toast to the best parts of being 15. And let me say thank-you for sharing both the sweet and the tragic parts of the story. It was generous of you.

          • Fordzo

            Thank you. I’ve been feeling very sentimental this week (oh, hormones! How you vex me!) and I have to be honest – your reply made me cry.

            Let’s raise our glasses to rosy cheeks, shiny hair and first loves.

            And then, I’m going to take my shirt off.

          • formerlyAnon

            Ha. You with your shirt off and Annabelle Archer sitting on laps. And all I do is run off – yes, even more than usual – at the mouth. I begin to see why my stock of entertaining stories of drunken debauchery is smaller than the number of people I’ve inadvertently offended.

            (re: hormones. I had to learn to live with sentimental tears after my 1st pregnancy – I went from someone who only cried in anger or pain to someone who teared up at car dealer commercials. And it never really went back to “normal.” I’m now resigned.)

          • Fordzo

            I’ve learned through experience that one can take off one’s shirt *OR* one can sit on strangers’ laps. NOT BOTH. You have to draw the line somewhere.

            What do you run your mouth about?

          • formerlyAnon

            About whatever is in my brain. I offer my opinion freely. Usually on the passing scene, but it could be anything. I ask personal questions. If really tipsy I eschew euphemisms for death and sexual behavior and express fairly critical opinions especially on artistic and social pretensions. (This can disconcert people who don’t know me as I have always looked like a sweet clueless person, even before I looked like someone’s sweet clueless mom/grandmom). If I get all the way to drunk, (rare) my accent goes deep Piedmont North Carolina, where I was mostly raised and I overuse my favorite cuss word in all its forms.

            (I can see the shirt off + lap sitting is ill advised. Personally, I’ve never trusted strangers enough to embark upon lap-sitting, but Anabelle Archer may be more intimidating than I have ever been.)

          • Fordzo

            Well, in a sober state, I keep all my clothes on. I’d even shower in a bathing suit it didn’t mean more laundry (why did the previous owner of my home think that a wall of mirrors was necessary right outside the shower? And WHY, WHY, WHY did they have to glue them to the wall, so that I’d have to pretty much destroy the whole wall to get them off?).

            But even a couple drinks increases my confidence while decreasing my judgement skills. I am so, so thankful that my wild days were carried out before cell phone cameras and Facebook.

    • Silage? As in grass that has been put in the ground to be fed to cows later? You realise that stuff stinks, right? Or is there another meaning to the word that I’m ignorant of?

      • Fordzo

        Put in the ground? I don’t know about that, we used a bunk silo. But I do know that I like the smell of silage. If your silage smells bad, there’s something wrong with it.

  • Brittney P

    I laughed out loud for a good minute when I read “Makes me laugh and makes me come.” Truth.

    • Frankly the rest is just sprinkles on the cake, amiright?

      • formerlyAnon

        Damn straight. Add in “Dependable and wants to depend on me” and it’s Papa Get the Shotgun time! I’m aiming at the altar!

  • StephanieLovesTLo

    Give him a WERQ, come on now!

  • formerlyAnon

    Y’all crack me up.
    He’s not for me, even in fantasy (inexplicably), but I LIKE that jacket.
    (And I have *clearly* not been doing the fantasy boyfriend thing right. Because my list is waaay shorter than that one, you’ve imagined things I could not possibly have imagined. Loves mopping? Smells like chocolate chip pancakes? I’m rolling here.)

  • Janet B

    Thank you T Lo.

  • Qitkat

    Yay for Brighton. I’ve been there. Bendy Cumbersnatch generally doesn’t do it for me, but today I see some of his appeal. He just so adorable here, head to toe, though that errant lock is a little too over-product-ed. One is never too old to play Fantasy Boyfriend. He knows how to straighten up the house without asking where anything belongs. He cheerfully plans and cooks a gourmet, but healthy meal at least every couple of weeks. He knows when my feet need rubbing just by looking at me. He’s an equal partner in planning and doing fun things together. And he understands that it takes both of you to keep that feeling of “you’re still the one.”

  • Lani A. George

    He enjoys the ballet, symphony and opera.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’ll take two out of the three.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    He looks so dapper here. And exhausted.

    • Qitkat

      Exhausted because he’s been so busy fulfilling Fantasy Boyfriend for all the Bitter Kittens.

  • marlie

    Fantasy Boyfriend always does the dishes – the way you want them done – no matter who cooks dinner.

    • formerlyAnon

      You are delving waaay beyond mere fantasy, there, ma’am. I don’t think even alternate universe fantasy has that covered.

      • marlie

        You may have a point. As it is, Real Boyfriend does the dishes (most of the time), but never the way I want them done. 😛

  • Toby Wollin

    Those have to be the skinniest lapels (or, more correctly the skinniest shawl collar) on a jacket that I’ve ever seen but he’s such a long drink of water (as my dad used to say) that it works. And as for fantasy boyfriend, mine would be ‘has great taste and will hold the bolts of fabric when I go shopping.’ Oh, that’s my husband who does that, bless hm.

  • PaperPusher2

    Fantasy boyfriend knows that when you’re feeling really bloated, sometimes you would like a hug, but other times he should just hand you a steaming cup of detox tea and the trashy novel you’ve been meaning to get to.

    The layering up top and those shoes…magnifique.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    These earth tones suit him so much better than the severe blacks he’s been doing on the red carpet – which are fine when he’s dyed to Sherlock colours, but don’t flatter him half so much in his natural state.

  • Matthew Davie

    The shoes make me very happy.

  • crash1212

    Cumberbatch. Clooney. Elba. Best Sausage Friday EVER!

  • jilly_d

    I realize I will probably be disallowed back on this site by the BKs for what I’m about to say, but I could not sleep with a man who willingly wore this outfit. That scarf is ridiculous, and I prefer my men smelling like sawdust and diesel, not pancakes. You all can have BC, I’ll be over at the Idris post, forgetting how to speak English.

    • formerlyAnon

      There’s a lid to every pot, and how dull (and lonely) if not!

    • Honey, I think BC is looking handsome for who he is in this photo, but I am so far in your camp that I don’t think I’ve ever tapped a guy who even OWNS a blazer. Blue collar men with swarthy good looks need love too 😉

  • He chews with his mouth closed.

    • Trickytrisha

      And he reads! Books! Actual stories and biographies and essays. Oh, dear lord above… give me a man who reads?

      • lunchcoma

        Yes. Sometimes, you’ll just sit after brunch or coffee just reading your books together quietly. Later, you’ll talk about them, because you’re reading one he suggested to you and he’s reading your favorite.

        • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

          That’s how my fantasy boyfriend became my husband…giving me books to read and reading my favorites. 23rd anniversary is next month!

  • Trickytrisha

    So soignee. Wish someone would drag him to an eyebrow salon though.

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    He doesn’t give you a backrub simply as an excuse to have sex with you. The sex is just a bonus.

  • Kimmu

    Fantasy boyfriend doesn’t look like the pod race aliens from the Phantom Menace. Sorry, Fantasy Boyfriend Benny.

    The outfit is cute though

  • River

    Um, yes. To outfit and commentary. Sigh.

  • majorbedhead

    Ohdeargodinheaven. I would like him to appear on my doorstep right about now. Call it a late birthday present.

  • Pterodactyl111

    My fantasy boyfriend is dressed like that, but with Chris Pine’s face.

  • lobsterlen

    You know what would complete this look … PUPPIES!!

    • cocohall

      I know! I immediately thought of Downton Abbey and the opening shot shot from the tail end of a very happy labrador. Benedict would fit in nicely.

  • AndreaSkates

    Uncles, you have outdone yourselves. The only other thing fantasy boyfriend must do it read aloud to me–but not pretentious stuff–and also know when to stop reading.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Grrar. Got to love Fridays. I sent my boyfriend out to his company holiday party in a plaid shirt under a properly-fitting blazer paired with black jeans and leather shoes. He looked incredible. I used my unofficial mental TLo Guide of How Bitter Kittens Should Dress Their Boyfriends. Don’t get me started on how I will make sure the hems of every pair of dress pants he will buy will be completely perfect.

  • siriuslover

    Will he really be playing Han Solo’s son? Love it!

  • conniemd

    He looks exactly like I would expect a dapper, worldly and well-to-do Britisher to look.

  • Miss WKS

    I love him because he is just himself and seems comfortable in his own skin.

    (I bet he smells like warm maple syrup.)

  • cocohall

    The New Yorker Magazine includes little end-of-column spots titled “There will always be an England” with descriptions of British people spending the night shepherding endangered frogs across the roadway, etc. This is the fashion equivalent. Rule Britannia! Pass the tea and biscuits.

  • missinmass

    His voice is so sexy.

  • JulieK

    He brings you fresh hot coffee in bed every morning.

    He does not stand and lean against the door to the pantry while asking you if we have any peanut butter. He opens the door, and looks for himself, dammit.

    • MannahattaMamma

      furthermore, when he opens the door and looks for himself, HE FINDS IT.

  • SatelliteAlice

    I want to unwrap him like a present.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Spicy smelling and just the faintest hint of sweat. Would it be wrong to ask to see him naked? Maybe with the scarf jauntily knotted about his nethers?

  • poggi

    Fantasy boyfriend would always get you a great present–something you said you wanted at least 3 months before and not in response to a direct question–or something he figured out you needed or wanted and not because you emailed him a lick of what to buy.

  • AvaLehra

    He likes wine and grown up cocktails — but not beer, plays board games, likes to stay in and read, watches bad movies on TV with me, watches good movies at the theater with me, likes the symphony, loves cats, loves Young Frankenstein, his socks or underwear are not holey, doesn’t own any beanies much less wear them when it is warm out, takes care of his skin, wears glasses on occasion, knows science and literature, makes all the coffee, shows up at my work with a surprise cup of coffee (coffee is important),and dislikes shopping as much as I do — but enjoys perusing all the crap at Sephora and Ulta with me. And he doesn’t judge my nail polish addiction. (P.S. This is totally my husband which is why I like him so.)

  • Sadie-Ann

    This is a perfect winter post. I feel happy and cozy.

  • snarkykitten

    I never knew what I wanted my fantasy boyfriend to be til I read this post.

  • Tatiana Luján

    He likes dogs and horses.

  • That is the most brilliant description of a fantasy boyfriend I have ever read. Bravo, gents.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Omg, thank you for that Fantasy Boyfriend section. That literally made me laugh out loud at my desk after a very long morning.

  • Mary Lauer

    Shoes to die for.

  • Akemi


    Stop making me fall in love with you. Jerk.

  • julnyes

    He looks adorable and I am SO EXCITED FOR NEW EPISODES OF SHERLOCK!! SOON…. VERY SOON (gibbers in a corner)

  • Looking spiffy!

  • Kimberlini

    He’s not my type but I love the TLo description of the fantasy boyfriend!

  • Bethany Mishler Barkley-Hanson

    The TLo description fits my husband to a t – minus smelling like pancakes (he does smell like pine) and looking like Benedict. I’ll take what I’ve got 😉