Why have women stopped dressing up?
I posed this question, with the above photo, to a Vintage Fashion Facebook group I recently joined. I got quite a reaction.
Some cited comfort; others shot that down saying clothes that fit properly are not uncomfortable; some bemoaned the current general lack of style; one respondent was defensive,Because we don’t have to; and still others thought men’s fashion had gone by the wayside as well. Obviously a topic that bears some thought.
So what are women wearing?
Sadly, little black stretchy pants.
Lululemon founder, Chip Wilson, came under fire when he stated that yoga pants were not suited to every woman’s body. Even Karl Lagerfeld had something to say about this sartorial malaise:
Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.
~ Karl Lagerfeld, Vogue, 2011
One of the best things about being a-woman-of-a-certain-age, is that you’ve figured out your style.
You know what works for you; and what doesn’t. Just because Vogue says xyz is the It colour of the season, doesn’t necessarily mean you must adopt it. We’ve come to realise that being stylish is not the same as being—at least for a moment—fashionable. Nor do we think we are “empowered” or making a political statement every morning when we get dressed.
Fashion is about what you’re wearing,
Style is about how you’re wearing it.