I have never considered myself ‘fashionable’ and I’m sure no one else did either. I was always appropriately dressed. No ‘bits’ showing.  Nothing to cause small children to have nightmares.  My office “uniform” consisted of an appropriate length skirt or dress, 1 ½ inch shoes, blouse and jacket, a little jewelry, minimal make-up, perhaps a scarf.  I never wore pants.  Boring perhaps but I felt in control and I was comfortable.

My clothing away from work was equally conservative: jeans, shirt, boots . . . nothing earth shattering but I was clean.  Now the rules seem to have changed.  Almost anything is acceptable.  We seemed to have passed through the phase where young men wore their pants so low you could see the colour of their underwear. As for the ‘plumber’s crack’? More than once I was regaled with that as well. And as for the young women? Shirts were cropped so their belly buttons showed, often with a jewel attached to the middle of it. Their pants were also a little low and I must admit very few of them could pull it off. But that was considered fashionable.

The other day I was rolling down the sidewalk and stopped for a light to change. A young woman was standing in front of me and I couldn’t help but be aware of what she was wearing. Tights. When I was a kid, we wore tights under our clothes to keep warm in the wintertime. Think of them as heavy pantyhose. Nowadays they are being worn as if they were pants. I could see the colour of her underwear through them! They were white. What are people thinking?

I know clothes are a statement.  They allow individuals to express themselves to the world. I respect that. I like to see people thinking for themselves, being an individual. And then I look at magazines. I’m sure YouTube has a lot to do with it as well, social media has great power. They’re like lemmings following each other. I don’t see uniqueness I see conformity.  A few people at the top of the fashion tree make decisions, multibillion-dollar decisions and the world complies. Sigh.

I remember shoulder pads and fanny packs. I remember platform shoes and Shag haircuts.  Yes, I am THAT old.  Hahaha! Some of those were great and others, not so much.  Each generation has their trademark fashion item.  The individuality only seems to happen within the confines of that trend. But to the individuals who stray from the path and think for themselves: keep it clean! Mothers are watching.

17 thoughts on “Fashionable?

  1. Dan Antion

    I threw out a pair of jeans yesterday that were badly ripped at the knee. My wife told me I could wear them anywhere (except working in the yard). I’ve never understood fashion, and I think I prefer it when people leave someting to our imagination. Love your sketches!

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  2. Murphy's Law

    I think a little modesty goes a long way. Like you, I am a conservative dresser and always choose clothes with my comfort in mind….which means I won’t win any fashion awards!!

    I’m not suggesting that folks should start dressing “frumpy dumpy”, but they would do well to leave a little to the imagination. The imagination is a wonderful thing, and much kinder than the reality of seeing someone in leggings (tights), a tank top revealing 9″ of cleavage or shorts so short and revealing they make “short shorts” look long.

    Every generation makes its own fashion statement, but I think it’s gone off the track a bit too far.

    Pam, your sketches are wonderful!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  3. pensitivity101

    I was never a follower of fashion, or fashionable, and hated seeing knicker lines or rolls of flab where the knickers divided the flesh! These days it doesn’t seem to matter and the size of some of the sizzlers in the beach this year make me look skinny. I though one person was naked until I saw her thong valiantly trying to escape suffocation.

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  4. oldmainer

    My wife was very conservative in her dress. And while she too often shook her head at what was being worn, she was more put off by the color palate. She would lament when shopping for clothes that everything was designed for the 20 something class.

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  5. dweezer19

    I couldn’t agree more Pam. And to add insult to injury they don’t seem at all bothered by the fact that the in style’ might look hideous on them. I have seen gals in leggings that made them look like stuffed sausages. I thought fashion was about looking your best, not saying, “I dare you to not like this look!”. Shaking my head. I still wear bell bottomed hip jeans with nice tees or stylish tops. I can’t do polyester but never have. Cotton is my buddy! I am finally feeling ‘old’ when it comes to understanding fashion. Lemmings they are. 😏

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