February 2, 2005

Sluts R Us...

Moira (whose handsome new blog seems to be inspiring her to get off the dime) has a nice tirade on the ugly hip-hugger pants that are the "fashion" now..

...I've long since passed the age where fashion is allowed to intrude on style, but this state of affairs deeply annoys my daughter. She has the typical girlie love of clothes (and a mama who would be happy to indulge her, within reason), but clothes merchants have failed to win our retail dollars because of their inexplicable long-term attachment to "hippie crap". That's my daughters term - we approach a girls' department, she casts a knowing eye over the wares, expresses disgust at inevitable items from the Sluts R Us and L'il Bimbo labels, and proclaims "Let's go somewhere else, Mom. Nothing here but hippie crap." (Yes, I try to discourage crass language, but in this case I feel the description is suctinct and apt.)...

I'm flummoxed by the sheer stupidity of the low-rider pants fashion. Imagine a style of clothes designed to make women's legs look shorter, their hips narrower and their stomachs fatter! This does not compute. And I was around for the first iteration, back in the 60's and 70's. The style was so ubiquitous that I couldn't see it and never thought about it. But I must have hated it unconsciously, because one day I noticed a visiting French girl wearing some pleated high-waisted slacks, and it was an instantaneous revelation. They flattered her shape, and she looked great!

On the positive side, there is a current style I like very much. That is the way many gals wear their hair pulled straight back into buns (or braids or whatever). I like the clarity and cleanness of that look very much. It's the opposite of hippie flakiness.

Posted by John Weidner at February 2, 2005 6:08 PM
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