I love a rant. Especially when it’s something I am really passionate about. And readers of this blog will know that one of those things just happens to be The Full Skirt. The following quote from a Sunday supplement has seriously ticked me off. Consider:
"It's finally happened - we've had our fill of Mad Men style...real women don't wear the sort of asinine, full skirts favoured by the rather beige Betty. If nothing else, they're impossible to do without looking annoyingly prim and smug, and like you're in fancy dress..."
Bashing ma fave show forever aside (even I have to admit that Mad Men fashion trend coverage and general gushing over MM can become nothing short of exhausting from time to time......actually scratch that, I for one would never describe Betty as ‘beige’ and probably anyone who has ever watched more than five minutes of the show wouldn’t either....but whatever..), but describing The Full Skirt as ‘asinine’ and not something to be ever worn by a ‘real woman’ (seriously, I thought there was a ban on that ludicrous phrase?!) has instigated such a fury in me that I have had to temporarily return to blogging (even though I am supposedly refraining from blogging for the time being due to impending exams...).
I hate this common idea that anything out of the ordinary is considered impractical or ridiculous. Pedestrian views like that earn no brownie points from me, I’m afraid. I enjoy wearing full skirts because I believe they inject something of the fantastical into my run of the mill life. I don’t wear them so that I can ‘pretend’ to be fifties’ housewife, but rather feel it’s important to wear clothes that can be unexpected and not entirely accepting of what the status quo deems should be worn.
It is views precisely like this (supplement's) one that perpetuate the notion that women have to be dressed in a certain manner in order to be (a) considered attractive and (b) taken seriously. And surely, we can all agree that such opinions are downright insulting and should not be taken lightly.
Personally, I don’t really see what’s so ‘asinine’ about the full skirt...but perhaps, that’s just crazy old granny-ish me?! I don’t consider such skirts as fancy dress...yeah, they’re fancy but not costume, there’s a difference. I’m not going to rehash my previous full skirt post, but I am firmly of the opinion that the full skirt is a very political garment that raises a lot of questions regarding notions of feminine appearance and what this means. Regardless of that, I don’t think there’s anything ‘asinine’ in one’s effort to try and feel a bit special, a little bit grand, goddamit a bit of a princess (all the rage now what with recent royal weddingry) as they go about their day to day activities. But then again what would I know, I’m a ‘prim’ and ridiculous ‘rather beige Betty’....
And now back to the study...