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How Low Can We Go
by Brenda Black
07/18/05
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Low riding, hip hugging, cut away and cropped Ė so goes todayís clothing. So why are we paying more for less and is anybody else sick of belly buttons and too much skin? Call me conservative or old fashioned but whatever happened to leaving something to the imagination.
In the past four decades, weíve seen a lot of styles come and go. I for one was glad to see many of them die out. But these days it seems what we thought was extinct has been resurrected. In the 60's I was too young to be pressured to wear a mini skirt, for which I am eternally grateful. It was a relief when earth shoes, wide leather belts , beads, gaudy prints, and bell bottoms became unbecoming after the 70's. I do not miss the tube top nor the spaghetti strapped t-shirts from the 80's. Baggy was not better in the 90's when britches drug the ground, nor was it cool to dress in layers with oneís underwear on the outside.
The decade in which we now live seems to be a melting pot of all the fashion faux pas from the past 40 years. Fashion designers have taken everything that was ugly; shrunk it, faded it, torn it, and called it the latest rage. Then we buy it!
I find myself digging deeper in my closet, making use of what I have because I wonít wear most of whatís on the market. I know Iím not alone. There are many who agree, especially mothers of daughters who are cringing while shopping. I heard several sharing their tales of hunting for pretty little dresses for Christmas programs and pictures. Slinky didnít seem quite fitting for their seven year olds. While teens will make their fashion statement in every generation, the textile industry isnít leaving many options for the rest of us.
Granted, some are confident and comfortable in their below-the-waist blue jeans. But others seem self-conscious. It could be that the shirt they are wearing was made to appear two sizes too small! Maybe itís because the jeans are missing six inches of denim off the top. Quite possibly, the real reason for the tugging and pulling is that designers forgot to calculate for the average human body. Most of us (myself for sure) have more than will fit into the garments of today.
Beyond the recent past, Iíll admit there have been some other outlandish fashion experiments. It makes me wonder will the next generation re-develop any of them. How about the hoop skirt? Wouldnít that be a hit. I can only imagine corsets making a come back. Our daughters would have a ball in a poodle skirt or be the talk of the town in an oversized, plume infested hat.
Letís face it. Here are the fashion facts. If you keep anything long enough it will eventually be back in style. So dry clean and preserve your prom dress, donít throw away the polyester suits. Hang on to your fedora. Some day youíll be hip again.
Then, when your teenager thinks he or she is living on the edge, breaking all the rules and setting the fashion pace, you can throw wide the closet doors and show everything. It will either bring you closer or drive them completely insane!
Make no mistake, no matter what we choose to wear on the outside of our mortal frames, we need to adorn our hearts carefully.
ďTherefore, as Godís chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience...And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.Ē (Colossians 3:12-14)
I hope when all my bad fashion days are done, it isnít the clothes that will be remembered, rather that ďshe [was] clothed with strength and dignity...Ē (Proverbs 31:25)
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Christine Sparrow 23 Jul 2005
Ah Brenda your right, there are others of us out there who know what you mean. Thank goodness for the sewing machine and the opp shops. (second hand clothing shops)




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