Are you going to wear that?

Monday, September 23, 2013

OK, I'll be the first to admit that I've never been a slave to fashion, but there are a few things about style that I just don't get. Watching Project Runway hasn't helped; in fact, I'm even more confused when I see the models parading down the runway.

First of all, why in the world do designers let the zipper show at the back of a dress? Is it gauche to cover the zipper tracks? Who wants to see a zipper anyway? Not me.

Then, when did women quit wearing hosiery? I know that panty hose are hot and a pain, but my legs are not ready for public display in the buff. Not to mention that not wearing stockings makes your insoles get all messed up. It also leads to stinking shoes. I can see going bare with sandals or flip-flops, but I'll be wearing knee-highs, at least, when I meet my maker!

Along with that is shoe style that I can't stand. When I put on a pair of flats or heels, I want my toe crack covered up. Some people say that a shoe that exposes your toe crack is sexy, but I'm leaving that for people with foot fetishes. Not for me, thank you.

Next is skirt or dress length. I heard one of the designers on Project Runway say that a hemline should never drop below the lowest part of your knee-cap. Really? I'm 66 years old and not too comfortable with a short skirt playing peek-a-boo with my new knee that looks like it has a zipper in it. Plus, a hemline that high would reveal my knee-highs! Or do they even make knee-highs any more? I usually wear slacks, but I do keep a couple of dresses for church or a wedding.

I can acknowledge that plus sizes are getting lots better, but why in the world do they put a cartoon or some abstract design with lots of glitter on a plus size top? I have a T-shirt that has Tweety Bird on it. It was the only character I liked among the others in the collection. WalMart is getting better, but it's pretty heavy handed with glittery stuff.

These are just a few of my bewilderments about fashion. I know you must have them too or even some plausible reason why a toe crack is sexy. Please fill me in.

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  • JILL313
    Hi Lollie, I'm all for comfort now and quite frankly unless it's a special occasion or i"m going out with my family or friends I go around at home wearing very loose ill fitting clothes. Believe me when I worked FT I was more into fashion but never bought expensive name brands as Target was where I bought most of my clothes. I wouldn't give a fashion show or a TV show about what & how we should dress the time of day. I always go bare legged as I'm tall and the Panty Hose I used to wear never fit me right and either were too tight or baggy and everyone seems to like me for the person I am and not my clothes. Don't get me wrong it does feel good to look nice but it's usually on the back burner for me. Your Blog is very interesting and makes one think. Thank you for taking the time to write it and share with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2760 days ago
    Liked your blog! But have adapted some of those fashion dislikes.
    I am almost 65, and gave up on being "Fashionable" back around the Reagan era.

    I dress for Comfort. Rarely wear pantihose..stopped in the Summer, as I'm always in flip-flops or sandals. In the winter I am most often in socks and pants, dresses for church, or going out..but I skip the hose most of the time..I wear my dresses really long, out of necessity. Sometimes slip on kneehighs, on really formal dress up times, I cave in to panti-hose. But pantihose are way to costly, and don't hold up well..runs on the first wear! Just got tired of the expense.

    And I wear flat slip on shoes all the time...and yes, on one or two of my flats, a bit of toe crack shows. Doesn't strike me as sexy.
    That might be my problem..I have not been Sexy, or even tried to be, since Johnson was in (OK..maybe Kennedy) So I don't think anything is sexy looking , especially on me! I just don't think about it, so it would never cross my mind that something looks sexy, or fashionable. That was in a past life...when I was young..when I cared.

    Now my aim is for clean, covered and comfortable.

    I am sure the sparkly glittery tops and things are for young sized young people. And they are werlcomed to them.

    So Fashion is not in my realm anymore... simply wear what is comfortable to you, and let those that care, be as fashionable as they want!
    You have to dress for Yourself. Who cares if "Fashion" is not on your side?

    2760 days ago
    Fashion? What's that? I wear what I think is comfortable, looks good (to me) and is something I can afford. I say pick what you want and if you like it, go back and get 2 or 3 more in a different color. I agree that the choices can be limited and not to my taste. Wishing you the best as you try to get it figured out! LOL! emoticon
    2761 days ago
    I go for classic styling. It always come back into fashion sooner or later. I much prefer business suits (63 and working in the financial industry), to anything else. I am also at an age where if I am woefully out of fashion, I can be considered charming, yet eccentric!
    2761 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5233545
    I wear what's comfortable for me to hell with fashion and style most of the clothes in my wardrobe are 20+ yrs. old I wear tracksuits jogging bottoms most of the time but I have quite a few skirts which Ian calls flower power they were around in the 60s they are quite long and flowing one size fits all id don't like bare legs if I am wearing a skirt and do buy knee length stockings or if need be full length stockings I don't like tights I don't like sandals much though I wear crocs mostly due to my foot problems
    I dress for me emoticon
    2762 days ago
    do not confuse fashion and style. fashion is temporary, designed for a season. style is examining your body and your personality and figuring out what looks good on you while still being current. Me, personally, I would not wear hose of any length. i wear socks with my flats and pants or shorts, but pantyhose cost too much, don't last very long and are just too hot. As I'm rarely in a skirt, it isn't an issue. I refuse to wear heels taller than 1 inch. my style is very comfortable and casual. i would never be in fashion.
    2762 days ago
    Beats me! I say wear your hose, get whatever skirt length you feel good in, and just say no to toe crack!
    2762 days ago
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