Monday, September 22, 2014

The "evolution" of fashion

The year 1873 marked the introduction of the blue jean. We went from high class Victorian fashion where ladies wore such beautiful articles of clothing such as: petty coats, corsets, bloomers, while the gentlemen wore proper trousers, knickers, coats, and top hats. Nowadays, modern fashion often consists of jeans (skinny or so baggy they hang off your ass!), t-shirts and flip flops/sneakers. Not only did fashion itself change but our values, culture, and morals also appeared to have changed with the times as well. With regards to etiquette and manners, just like our clothing, we have gotten sloppy over the years.

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.



2013

parasol!

14 comments:

  1. I agree wholeheartedly. Manners seem to be a lost art. It's very sad. All I can do is my part in making sure my boys are well mannered.
    Shopping is no fun for me anymore. I can't find anything that fits and I really don't have the time to try on a million things.

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    1. Yes I agree. I don't have a whole day or weekend devoted to shopping, not to mention the crowded malls and rude people!

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  2. Although I too have an appreciation for vintage or Victorian clothing, I never forget why those women chose to ditch those fashions. In my undergrad I studied fashion and I learned about the Rational Dress Reform. I'm glad we don't have to wear forty pounds of undergarments any longer, or dresses that are purposely too tight around the waist. We've come a long way and even though we may endure ridicule within the workplace or other establishments for dressing how we want, we can still dress how we want! Although I think we're letting these freedoms get out of control... what with these crazy teenage girls showing up at school looking like skanks and touting nonsensical feminist garbage that it's their right to look, well, skanky. I mean seriously, there's a time and a place, people... I don't know when it became acceptable to be disgustingly skanky or rude. Etiquette went the way of the dinosaurs.

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    1. That is very true. A lot of these freedoms are out of control. Seriously, when did it become appropriate to wear jeans so low that it is ok to show your underwear? I saw one of those kids running for the bus the other day and he had to hold up his pants. I laughed so hard. Anything with moderation should be acceptable but there is often a fine line.

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  3. Completely agree. Talking during performances really get on my nerves. Even the cinema really, especially when people are on their phones during the film. What is the point in going out to socialise when people can't leave their phones alone for five minutes? And I do rather detest trousers, as a fellow curvy girl. It's been years since I've worn a pair, but you look pretty good in the pair in that photo! Most flattering indeed! I wish it were more acceptable to wear corsets and bustle skirts every day...

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    1. Thank you very much! . It was a whole weekend affair to find those trousers. I love them!

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  4. Buying jeans is a nightmare! I'm a UK size 12 on my rear end, and have a 28inch waist with a much curvier butt and short legs - there seems to be nothing but skinnies which make me look disproportionately hippy, or jeans with such short crotch areas that I'm barely skimming the base of my lady particulars! In the UK this leads to a horrific amount of butt cleavage on show from behind. No! No! I don't want to see your skanky g-string.

    Though I was in a large branded UK shop (Marks & Spencers) today where I was practically squeeing over the amount of beautiful flowing velvet skirts and dresses, plus high necked Victorian inspired tops and dresses that have just come in as A/W stock. I had to leave before I did my credit card serious damage! There is one ankle length black velvet skirt playing on my mind though....

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    1. I love Marks & Spencers. I really wish I did live in the UK. I am very envious of you! I think we have a similar body type. I am a Canadian/us size 11 (size 12 on my puffy days) and I have a small waist (I think I am 28 inch too) So I have a curvier butt and I have short legs, hence the Oompa Loompa reference haha! We have the butt cleavage here too. Ugh! I would be so embarassed if people saw my g-string or my undies! Don't worry about the credit card. You can always pay back. If I remember correctly, Marks & Spencers make good quality clothes, you will definately get your monies worth!

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    2. We do sound quite similar! I fell in love with this one in both the purple & black but alas I am too petite in build for it as the body is quite long: http://www.marksandspencer.com/dobby-print-prom-dress/p/p22327174?colour=Black

      I may have to have a return trip soon though :)

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    3. I think you maybe able to pull if off with a nice pair of heels. That is a gorgeous dress! I love how the mainstream tends to say negative things about the goth subculture but takes tidbits from our style :)

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  5. Oh, I loved this post! While I agree that Victorian clothing was waaaayyy too restricting (and intended to be so), I still wish more of it had carried over into modern clothing (the outer stuff, NOT the layers of corsets, petticoats and underclothes!). But it IS still possible to look elegant if you have class, which unfortunately is extremely lacking nowadays. And manners in this society have TOTALLY gone to Hell in a handbasket! Elegance and Manners should BOTH be made amendments to the U.S. Constitution, IMHO. ;-)

    And that outfit looks great on you!!! :-)

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  6. Hear hear ! I have the same problems with buying clothes and especially jeans. All the jeans has low waists wich make my stomach look bulky.
    I've seen this clip circle around, and that woman is a real asshole + the people around. If I sat next to her I would have told her some harsh words. Adults can be so mean to children not getting that they should always be the good example towards them.

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    1. I know I said a few choice words at my screen while watching that woman. I am glad that this video clip is going around. I want everyone to see how much of a ****** she is!

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