The Fashion Pendulum
I do like to keep an eye on current fashion. I subscribe to a half dozen magazines on the subject, watch fashion shows online and keep up with several fashion blogs.
Fashion trends tend to place focus on one or two body parts each cycle. For example, legs may be the thing one season so skirts are shorter, or waists may be the focus the next so we see many garments shown with a waist area defined by the cut or by accessories.
For the last six or eight years however, it seems like all body parts have been on display at once in a fashion free-for-all and I have to say, it’s become pretty tiresome. One can hardly go out in public without seeing acres of other people’s skin whether you want to or not.
and on the celebrity front, this:
I’m not a prude, but I find these sights the visual equivalent of too much information.
Needless to say, skin has had it’s day and so thankfully for the last couple of seasons the pendulum has begun to swing back.
There are however some cases where I think the pendulum may have actually overshot it’s mark. Skin is not just being covered, it’s being almost shrouded in voluminous shapes, heavy fabrics and matronly prints.
Case in point; a real Bea Arthur moment for this 23 year old:
And this is how to add 30 lbs to a petite, young frame in 2 minutes flat. Note the really chunky box pleats that may as well be made of cardboard. Sexy ? Who are they kidding?!
Lastly, the same print blouse, unfettered by the restraints of grandpa’s sweater vest, this time with a wide ( as in hippy ) black skirt. My next door neighbor could hide his beer belly under there.
I go out shopping and I find it so difficult for a mid-forties mom to find attractive, well-fitting clothes. I’m sorry to see that I’ll be joined in my frustration by a whole new generation this season.