Skinny jeans or overly baggy jeans that show your underwear (seriously, pull up your pants!) are the "in thing" at the moment and while I consider myself fortunate to have beautiful curves, skinny jeans do nothing positive for my figure. In fact, I feel like I resemble an Oompa Loompa from the original Willy Wonka movie! You can go ahead and laugh at that remark, I know I did!
|Oompa Loopa, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory|
Another woe I have against modern jeans/pants are finding a nice pair of trousers that fit properly, that do not hang down past my crotch or are so tight, I need to lay on the floor to get them on. I personally feel like leaving a little bit to the imagination is a hell of a lot sexier than exposing yourself. What happened to a nice classy, lady pants suit? What happened to classy, long flowing skirts and petticoats?
***After a whole weekend of jean shopping, I finally found a pair last winter! I am very short so they needed to be hemmed. Please excuse the mess in the background. Boy, was I tired from that excursion but happy that I got a nice pair of pants!!! They are more like a really nice trouser than a jean material, by the way!!!***
I have to admit, there is not much about the modern style I can appreciate. Shopping in big name stores always depresses me and it seems to me that the clothing you do find are generally catered towards the skinnier crowd. How I wish I were in my twenties again and a size 3! How I loathe those dressing rooms with their big shiny lights and mirrors that enhance my "problem areas"! I have found clothing here and there but shopping in malls takes so much out of me! There is something about fishnets, velvet and a pair of Doc Marten's that makes my little black heart skip a beat!
More food for thought: fashion, culture, etiquette and manners often go hand in hand with one and the other. It appears that modern society are lacking in such. Recently, during a ball game in Texas, a little girl was about to catch a wayward baseball. Unfortunately, the ball was snatched from her hand by someone else. To make matters worse, the woman responsible stealing the ball from the little girl was high-fived for it! The little girl was eventually given a baseball, it still doesn't make it right, in my opinion.
During Victorian times, good manners and etiquette were held with high importance. In fact, manuals were even written on the subject! There were some Victorian basic rules of etiquette that seem to be forgotten in today's world. For instance, one such rule was to "Never speak or to act in anger." Another rule that appealed to me was " A gentleman desiring a lady to accompany him to the opera, theatre, or other place of amusement, must send her a written invitation not later than the day previous to the entertainment. It must be written in the third person, upon white note-paper of the finest quality, with an envelope to match." My all time favourite was this one "It is rude to whisper or talk during a performance. It is discourteous to the performers, and annoying to those of the audience around you, who desire to enjoy the entertainment." I wish people would follow this rule today, especially when seeing a movie and the jerk next to you is talking on their cell phone! If one would like to read more about these rules and Victorian life, I found them here.
I am not saying, given a choice I would go back to Victorian times (especially with being a woman and all) but we could definitely learn a thing or two from them with regards on how we interact with one and other. I think we can also learn a thing or two on how we carry ourselves with regards to fashion and I really do sincerely wish modern workplaces would be a little more lenient towards Victorian, Steampunk, goth fashions. I am not saying that everyone today are unclassy, sloppy looking jerks but I really do believe that the Victorians really led a positive example where good manners, etiquette, and dressing sharp were involved.