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October 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm
Absolutely beautiful women, all across the board.
October 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm
Agreed – I think this look is so chic and all the women look gorgeous!
October 20, 2012 at 1:50 am
boy cut is hot! :)
October 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm
I do totally love chicks that look like dudes!
October 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Gorgeous photos! I wish I could look that good with a boy cut. Btw, I’m enchanted with your site.
October 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm
Such a classy hairstyle – if only I could have the courage to go for it! Such lovely photos.
October 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm
love the pocket square! such a small but wonderful detail…
October 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm
Cool. North American women are soooo hung up on long hair – to the point they’d rather keep it when it’s clearly unflattering or just time for a change (and for many years, I was one of them).
Then I braved the scissors and won’t be turning back. (Maybe chin length …. but not long-long).
Thanks for this collage!
October 31, 2012 at 8:21 am
I’m 56 and cut my hair short one year after getting out of high school – you can do the math – and never regretted it for one moment. I agree Americans are so fixated with long hair (my hairdresser calls it the cheerleader syndrome). It’s expensive to maintain the color and cut, but worth every penny I’ve spent. I love a bare neck and as my ears are one of my better features, can show them off.
October 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm
I’m not a fan of short hair cuts for women past 30 or so (some exceptions, namely, Halle Berry, come to mind)…women need the fullness of long hair next to their faces to make up for the loss of collagen as they move along in life. Besides, guys like long hair. It’s way hot!
une chatte grise
October 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm
Honestly, I find the idea that we somehow have to “make up for” ourselves as we change over time troubling… as is the idea that our primary concern when we self-create via style should be whether guys (or other people in general) like it. (Not going to touch the generalizations about men or who women wish to appeal to…)
October 20, 2012 at 7:25 am
thanks you for this.
October 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm
October 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm
Well said, my dear!
Men are more than entitled to their preferences, but their love of long haired women should not be so that they may delude themselves into thinking that they are with a little girl. In case they’ve forgotten, they age too!
October 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm
Actually, I have found short hair on older women to be far more flattering than really long hair and in many cases the shorter hair makes these women look years younger.
October 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm
So! It’s a known fact that women over thirty have a loss of collagen, because if so, I need to have somebody look at my birth certificate because it is obviously wrong. Boy cuts are gorgeous!
October 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm
Some guys like short hair, some guys like long hair, some girls like short hair, some girls like long hair.
You should wear your hair for yourself, not for others. And not every female is trying to attract men. Women are each beautiful in their own way at every age. It is in no way necessary for women over 30 to have long hair.
October 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm
I totally agree. And in my opinion, short hair rocks!
October 20, 2012 at 4:35 am
This is exactly the sort of misogynistic statement that makes today’s women less likely to love themselves. Frankly, I don’t really care what ‘guys like’, and sincerely doubt I’ll need to make up for anything when I’m past my middle age.
October 20, 2012 at 7:02 am
I have just turned thirty and after having short hair on and off for years (and every other length in between) I always seem to return to it having done so around six months ago. So women lose collagen; men lose a lot more than that and yet we do not hold it against them. I like the way short hair emphasizes certain features that would otherwise be drowned by long hair. It’s ok to have an opinion on the short/long hair debate but please don’t hide your comments behind age or ‘collagen’, we don’t have anything to ‘make up for’. We should be championing our differences.
October 20, 2012 at 7:47 am
Short hair on older women unflattering? Have you looked at Judi Dench? A more fabilous lady is hard to find!
October 23, 2012 at 9:47 am
And we’re all walking around trying to make sure guys think we’re hot, right? Unless you’re walking around looking like a Greek god, I’d leave the whole “objective beauty standards” thing at the door because a lot of women like a lot of things that you’re probably not. And anyway, you might like long hair, but you’re not all guys. I don’t seem to have any trouble finding men who like my short hair. And I’m over 30.
October 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm
Stunning, really inspiring too. Thank you for capturing!
October 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm
I really love those “If you’re thinking about…”!
October 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm
gorgeous! only a few ladies can pull this look off though… wish i was one of them!
October 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Actually, I think it’s the other way around. Most women would look fantastic with a boyish haircut, whereas only very few women have hair that’s thick and straight enough to let it grow out.
October 20, 2012 at 1:29 am
Only women who have very small, feminine, beautiful faces to begin with would be able to pull this off. They would honestly look good with any haircut. If they were bald people would still comment on how beautiful they are.
October 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Well, if you don’t have a “beautiful face”, then your haircut won’t make much of a difference either way.
October 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Sorry, but I couldn’t disagree more – I’ve seen lots of women without “very small, feminine faces” with short hair, who totally rocked it. You can have big nose or thick brows to look cool in the pixie cut, you just won’t look like Mia Farrow. You should examine the charming top right lady better, by the way.
I think it’s like Andy said – and you also meet lot of women, whose faces seems average, only because they’re drowned in an average cut, which is just long…
October 21, 2012 at 11:15 am
I never understand this comment. Do people talk about women being able to “pull off” a ponytail, another hairstyle that highlights the face?
Invariably, when a picture on a blog is posted of a woman with short hair we get the dictates from some commenters about only certain women being able to wear short hair. I’ve *never* seen this, though: “Wow, she looks great with a ponytail. I could never pull that off. Only beautiful women/women with delicate features/etc. can look good in a ponytail.” See how odd that is?
I suspect it’s really not about how one looks in a particular hairstyle but about a ponytail still being considered feminine in North American cultures whereas a short haircut is not. Perhaps short hair just makes some onlookers uncomfortable because on some level they don’t like the blurring of those gender lines.
October 23, 2012 at 4:55 am
That’s it, well put, your last line sums it up for me – and if people were honest them too ! I don’t believe a woman, or man, needs ‘a certain look’ to ‘pull somethng off’. An attitude, maybe.
Why do most people commenting here remark on the woman top right of the montage ? Is it because she is the only one smilling with a carefree attitude ? I think that is what’s more attractive and that’s what people are attracted to, the smile not the haircut.
October 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm
I totally agree. I have worn a version of this haircut for years, and I always get comments on how great it looks. And I don’t resemble Mia Farrow one bit.
All that is necessary to know if your face is better suited to a short haircut is how well you look in a ponytail. Lots of women look better with their hair away from their face, and lots of hair isn’t well-suited to longer or mid-length cuts.
Great short hair, like great glasses, adds funk to any style.
The 3 F's
Oh man (no pun intended), how beautiful are these women?! The one on the top right seems so joyful and carefree. Women who are truly happy with themselves always seem to radiate energy into the world.
GINGER FASHION MONSTERS
October 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm
The garçonne haircut will never lose its cleancut, sleak, new aesthetic! Always a great classic.
October 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm
I love this look on women – though it’s got to be the right woman, it can be so beautiful when pulled off.
Sea and Swank
October 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm
Those women are so inspiring! :D I love the boyish kind of style!
October 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm
I love this, did my boy cut a few months back, from shoulder length hair, quite liberating.
October 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm
Women with boys cut are interesting it their face are interesting …. as the women in those pics!!
xo Daddy Lele from Lelli, italian fashion family
October 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm
October 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm
All these women are beautiful! Really nice photos!
October 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm
I really like it !
October 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm
They look great in that style.
October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm
I have a pixie cut and I’m literally never going back to long hair. I just realized how unhappy and uncomfortable I feel with hair touching my neck and ears. To quote Russel Crowe,”it’s like walking around with a dead koala on your back!”
Style begins at forty
October 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm
This haircut needs a beautiful and femine face.
October 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Stunning – I’ve always loved the boy cut, but never have had the courage to lop off all of my locks to rock it! Maybe someday!
October 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm
Beautiful photos and girls! I really love the first photo!
October 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm
J’ai les cheveux courts moi aussi !
October 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Gorgeous photos of gorgeous women. I remember a number of these photos–they are part of what gave me the nudge and confidence to go short. Thank you Scott!
October 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm
Wow these gals look great! Not sure if could pull this off but it is very sophisticated and fashion forward.
October 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm
It is so wonderful to see this on your blog–shot hair IS feminine and beautiful!! I adore my boy cut and may never go back! I can’t tell you how many women stop to tell me they wish they had the courage–JUST DO IT! make the decision. It’s hair after all, it grows back!
October 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm
I agree with you 100%. it happens to me all the time as well. GO GIRLS! dare things and you will realize how infinite are the possibilities and how artificial are the boundaries!
i JUST finished growing out my pixie cut but this makes me what to go back! the growing-out process, however, keeps me away from cutting my hair off again
October 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm
October 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm
Gorgeous! Especially the woman on the top right. Damn, so beautiful! I always think it takes such strength to do this, not just of bone structure but of character as well. Maybe one day I’ll have the balls to do this myself…
October 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm
I had that cut 4 years ago but curly and I think is very feminine,like these girls…
October 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm
I had this cut 4 years ago but I think is timeless and very feminine!!!
Dip It Black
October 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm
And actually it looks quite feminine!
But I wouldn’t dare!
October 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm
the moral of the pictogram appears to be: you can pull this off if you have stunning, resplendent eyebrows.
They look fabulous. I have long hair, but I wanna try boy cut. I’m just not sure. btw, these photos are so inspiring.
October 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm
These women are so beautiful and look so comfortable in their own skin – you’ve captured their spirit in these shots
October 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm
Short hair is sexy. I love my boy cut!
Should you ever decide to post a Part II with curly/coily-haired women…I’d love to submit a photo! ;)
October 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm
Yes yes, I DO like it!
October 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm
If you’re thinking about a boy cut….you better have a face, but more importantly the attitude, to carry it off. It is an unforgiving style. And let’s face it (no pun intended)….even the most beautiful short haired women, become invisible to men. Research has shown over and over, breasts and hair are the things that biology, drives men to look at. On the other hand? Fck it. I love a man that loves my pixie cut. My face is pleasant, my skin is fine and even, light. I cut my hair super short years ago, and bleached it white. Every week since, at least one, dark skinned (only one white guy so far) man stops, in his tracks, to tell me how much he loves my hair. One time, two guys stopped their car, in traffic, to tell me how “fine” I looked. The best part? I’m 60 years old.
October 20, 2012 at 3:27 am
I’m a seventeen year-old Italian girl with a boy hair cut, my father loves women with super short hair and my friends (boys and girls) seem to appreciate my hair, in my opinion there are women who are born to have a short hair cut, they just need to have courage, find the better hairstylist of the city, and tell him: “make me beautiful, cut my hair, short, super short”
Cece, your story is amazing!
October 20, 2012 at 7:30 am
Is your sense of self worth really based on how many men look at you?
October 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm
You make a very good point ladyofletters. Lots of women also give me compliments on my hair all the time, younger women, and older women….I don’t know why I didn’t think to mention that. For too many years, yes, my sense of self worth was based almost completely on how men reacted to me. I was never much of a student. I was raised to believe that my looks were my ticket. Biology drives us, it’s that simple. It sounds like you are one of the lucky females that doesn’t care, and that is enviable. At this stage of my life, I’m happy to say that, finally, I don’t care what men think. Or other women. Still, I take great care of myself, I’m a vibrant, healthy, very young looking 60. And, it is soooooo nice when a younger man actually notices me, and has the presence to tell me I look great. That’s powerful, and I will never tire of that.
October 21, 2012 at 8:35 am
am really liking this conversation. our self-worth and confidence cannot help but be affected by the opinions of others. while most of the comments on the Sartorialist are positive, sometimes they are downright nasty. and I have noticed that tattoos, short hair, fur and smoking for some reason become ‘polarizing issues’ in a world that has much bigger problems to actually deal with. but then, you have the vanguard like ‘cece’ who has the courage to present a thoughtful opinion, written with style, candor and humility. bravo cece!
October 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm
Fantastic! You should do one “If You’re Thinking About… Mirrored Sunglasses”… because they seem to be in full swing for this fall and coming up spring season
October 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm
Not very nice. Would look much better in long hair and women clothing.
October 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm
I agree with the previous comment; that this cut needs a feminine face and add; and/or a certain body type. Love the Boy Cut, very sexy, in my opinion.
Thanks for these shots.
October 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm
Beautiful! If I could pull it off, I would do it in a heartbeat!
October 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm
They are just so chic!!! Love it
October 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm
I wish I could!
October 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Great pictures and haircuts! I had a good laugh about long hair making up for “loss of collagen”. I guess after your 40th birthday you should look like Rapunzel?
I’m 63, and have very short, silver hair, and, like Cece, I get a lot of complements from guys of all ages.
The best part of being over 60? You don’t have to pay attention to the likes of Niklas.
November 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm
I loved reading your post. Thank you! :)
October 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm
Oh, great! I’ve had a pixie short hair cut for the past 4 years and I was just about to start growing it out but now… I’m having second thoughts! I love how easy to manage it is and that fact that it sets me apart from most other young women my age. But, on the other hand, it would be nice to have more to work with. Sheesh. Decisions.
Would love to see more photos from this set!
October 20, 2012 at 12:00 am
i used to get a boycut 2 yrs ago.
its a lovely style
October 20, 2012 at 12:04 am
Short hair removes obvious femininity and replaces it with style. So elegant.
October 20, 2012 at 12:10 am
My favorite photos are top left and top right – I wish I could rock this style.
October 21, 2012 at 8:28 am
i love these two,too…especially the top right!!!she looks impeccable
October 20, 2012 at 12:21 am
How about a twin Sartorial List for older women? You sometimes feature older men. The young girls/boys are adorable but there are some pretty foxy and chic ladies out there, too – and we do follow your blog.
Oh, play it louder!!
October 20, 2012 at 3:42 am
I really like your new articles “if you’re thinking about…”
It’s funny to see how people, by wearing the same thing, got such different styles. That is real fashion.
And these woman… They are all gorgeous! Who have said that boy cut is less feminine?
October 20, 2012 at 3:48 am
thanks!! i was precisely gathering inspiration about boy cut!! you’re helping a lot!
October 20, 2012 at 3:53 am
they all look gorgeous & interestingly have similar face shape & bone structure. That’s the real constraint along with the way the hair grows, not age or “what guys think”. Chic at any age
THE STEL STYLE
October 20, 2012 at 4:56 am
beautiful women, I like this style!!
October 20, 2012 at 5:04 am
Ugh yes. I remember back in the day went Agyness sported a similar do. BRING IT BACK!
October 20, 2012 at 5:44 am
I love short hair on women. To me, personally, long hair is a deal breaker. But I don’t think I’ve ever met a woman with short hair who’s had it cut to attract men, it’s usually for all the other reasons.
I have to disagree with the contributor who says women need longer hair as they get older. Apart from the dodgy politics the opposite is true. That’s why older women tend to go for shorter cuts – it’s much more forgiving as their hair condition changes over the years.
October 20, 2012 at 6:25 am
Love these photos and the haircut -
Just look at Dame Judith Dench!
October 20, 2012 at 6:45 am
I am sporting a boycut since almost 6 years (with a short in between when I thoght long hair would be better again) – and I love it! getting a lot of compliments & I finally feel like this is showing my personality the best – the intelligent still sporty style (and if I want, it’s easy to be elegant)
October 20, 2012 at 7:03 am
I really want to try this one day!
October 20, 2012 at 8:25 am
I have a boy cut! I love it ;) xo, Alma
October 20, 2012 at 8:45 am
I absolutely love shot hair for women ! I wish we could see a few pictures of this hair style on “mature” women just to show how gorgeous and elegant it looks. For example : Tilda Swinton and Francoise Hardy.
October 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm
P.S. ……Judy Dench, Maggy Smith…..
October 20, 2012 at 9:45 am
depends on the woman … is really good on some of the others is horrible
October 20, 2012 at 10:33 am
Just say yes!!! I love a “boy” cut. I wear a “boy” cut and I really wish folks would stop saying “you can only wear this if you’re thin,” or “you can only wear this if you are young.” Ridiculous! If you own a look, you rock that look. Style is far more your attitude than what you slip on or how you cut your hair!
October 20, 2012 at 11:47 am
Can we get a posts on head-scarves with a few ethnic ladies?
October 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm
I’m struck by how often the phrase ‘pull it off’ is being used, as if there is some trickery or slight of hand required to have a pixie.
As a man who loves women’s faces, I think there is no ‘pulling off’ necessary. Faces show character and soul, and short hair makes your face so much more visible, and beautiful.
The responder who suggested the need to make up for collagen, instead of wanting to see what is, wants to see a predetermined image.
When you love and accept yourself, if you want short hair, you’ll have it.
And if you want long hair, you’ll have that instead.
Fairly simple, really.
October 21, 2012 at 12:57 am
Best comment here Rob, thanks.
October 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm
The “boy cut” makes women look a bit more like boys.
Personally, I’m generally more attracted to women with regular longer hair.
October 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm
I am neither young nor beautiful, but I love my short crop. It makes me feel bold & daring & adventurous!
October 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm
they look magnificent, all of them. makes me want to call my hair stylist right away.
October 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm
I did it last week, and it feels great!!!! Do it girls!
October 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm
For a long long time I had this beautiful ”american” long hair and after long of thinking and consulting a thousand times your old posts and garance posts for short hair I finally did it,,,,boys cut like Anne Catherine Freiss, and God I was never more beautiful and feminin in my life….everything is question of timing……
October 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm
Hemingway would have approved.
October 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm
Short or long or inbetween is begging the question. If the woman feels pretty in the style, she will be so. If the woman cares how she looks, her hair will show it. What is not attractive, short or long, is hair that says “I don’t like myself and I don’t care what I looks like.” So sad to see that.
October 21, 2012 at 3:26 am
todo hermoso. la feminidad al máximo.
October 21, 2012 at 5:27 am
I’ll never have the courage but I do like a good boy cut
October 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm
I have had every length of hair imaginable. When I was younger and cut it short I always worried I didn’t look sufficiently feminine or attractive and would grow it out again. Shortly after 30 I stopped caring whether men were attracted to me and only thought about whether they’d hire me. Suddenly having long hair seemed like a pointless hassle, so I cut it off – and for the first time I loved how I looked with a boy cut. My face hadn’t changed, only my mind. I have never gone back. I love having very short hair. And there are few things more attractive than confidence.
October 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm
really makes me want to chop off my long locks. love the brows on the top right photo!
October 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Does anyone recall that article in Elle magazine titled Short Hairstyles:Do Haircuts Affect
Your Love Life: The painful truth about pixie cuts and short hairstyles? The woman who wrote the article downloaded a photo of the pretty pixie Swedish woman posted on TheSartorialist.com, emulated the hairstyle (she took about 10 inches off), and her boyfriend was no longer attracted to her anymore and broke up with her immediately.
I’m surprised no one has brought this article up before in any of the blogs. I think all the ladies above look gorgeous.
October 22, 2012 at 7:32 am
I love seeing a cute short cut. And my husband would love for me to have short hair. But I really love wearing hats and my long hair is the only thing that saves that look for me. For years I had short hair and looked terrible in any hat (not that I wear them every day but when I want to, they always work). Layers and changing it up are key to living with long hair. My mother (late 70′s) has a shoulder length layered cut (but long-looking compared to her friends who mostly have very short hair) and she looks the best to me. Very interesting discussion. All depends on one’s level of confidence, I think… One thing though, the women in these photos are very young. No wonder they look so cute.
October 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Ahh I’ve always loved (and admired the woman who have) this cut. If only I had the proper hair texture for this…
October 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Thank you! i have a boy cut for a while now, love it and cannot consider my hair any other way anymore. Thank you for picturing it because as all theses comments show, we are a lot!!! and it is an almost never treated subject in fashion blogs and magazines. As all these women testifying above, i receive daily wonderful compliments about my hair and my courage, and i think it shows a real desire from women and men to see more short hair looks everywhere!! Society is ready for us, let’s shine now!
October 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm
They all look lovely. Once I cut my hair, I never looked back.
October 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm
October 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm
Wish I have thin hair too so that I can do real short boy cut! Asian Thick hair is NOT helpful for boy cut (no offense – im Asian…)
October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm
Just saw an amazingly beautiful boy cut on an Asian woman this weekend. I thought… Wish Sart would catch her since we don’t see it very often and I wanted to study the cut to see why it worked so well.
October 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm
Beautiful photos. I’m 64 and have worn my hair short for 43 years. By the way, my husband has never seen me with long hair!
October 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm
Love the ladies with short hair best. Nothing like a short crop on a pretty face to turn my head!
October 24, 2012 at 9:54 am
I have been desperately seeking a shot of a girl you blogged with a very blond short cut and I think her eyebrows where bleached too. May have been over a year and a half ago but I can’t find her and I want to look at her…
Add her to the next “thinking about a boy cut”?
October 24, 2012 at 10:04 am
Not sure why so many people are still close minded when it comes to women with short hair in the 21st century! beats me!
October 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm
Lovely post, thank you.. Have had my boy cut for a year now..love it though to see some great pictures of beautiful powerful women rocking their boy hair makes me fall in love with it all over again.. Love the first girl rocking her quaff
October 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Ha! my dear.
I’m not thinking anymore. Since one month my hair are totaly short and after 9 years of long hair-style with fringe …forelock like in second world war style… I’ve decided to cut them and I’ve lost all bad memories and all bad ideas with them. right now it’s a fresh new start for me and for my passion
btw love the photos from Poland. fogg during those days was just alike from a fairytail
October 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm
the boycut means ragel and confident with style.
October 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm
Iam thinking about boy cut…now, it is clear :)
November 5, 2012 at 1:36 am
I’ve had my pixie boy cut for several years now, very blond… I love it. I’ve always loved short hair. I love that I don’t look like a common soccer mom, can dye it any colour, and sleep in twenty minutes more…
December 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm
Hi, I cut 12 inches off my hair just yesterday after thinking about how neutral I am. For a long time, I was always afraid of standing out and I told myself that no matter what, I would at least try it and if I didnt like it it would grow back. I was told that since I have something of a round face, It would look bad on me and make my face look more round. I am 17, skinny with small features and a low confidence but I look beautiful with my cut and I feel so much more comftorable without all that hair. I want to keep it long forever really. And if guys cant see past my hair, as a person who would like a long meaningful relationship, they arent worth my time. And about feminity, im much more feminine and pretty than I used to be(: my advice is you never know till you try. You might prove the world wrong(:
February 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm
I’m very grateful for those women who wear LONG HAIR, but for those who must have it short, greased, side-parted or shaved sides and back tell guys don’t even bother trying. In a way, we’re glad for the warning. lol