As we traverse through history it is quite shocking and saddening that we, women have been slaves to the dictates of prevailing fashion trends. Corsets that barely let a woman breath and even the odd little toe being severed so that one could fit in a shoe that was a full size smaller for the more genteel appearance of good breeding.
Having said that I must admit that fashion has accommodated to the demands of changing environments, the war most notably. Motoring suits, traveling suits, golfing suits etc. had been designed to do to exactly what fashion was supposed to do in the first place, make the wearer comfortable while still looking stylish.
Women’s liberation movement did a lot for women’s fashion but sadly today I find a reversal of the trend. In the old days we had the hobble skirts, wide at the hips and extremely narrow at the ankles, hence the name and today we have super short shorts where half your bottom lies exposed. It’s also fashionable if your pocket linings are longer than your denim shorts.
Offcourse, I should hardly be pointing that out, given that in my college days I used to run around (in a girls hostel) in denim shorts that were shorter than my T-shirts and I did raise a lot of eyebrows, mostly the nuns. In my defence I never wore it in public, no, a hostel full of girls and nuns does not count!
Rebellion? Maybe, but I blame the culture, the role models, where are the Amelia Earharts? Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks? Hunger games is a good start. Women need to be reminded of the innate power that resides within. I love JRR Tolkien but I would have loved him more if Gandalf had been a sorceress! That way C S Lewis does a fabulous job in creating Lucy Pevensie and the equally strong Susan. However, their personalities are lost in the sweeping landscape and adrenalin rush of the graphics.
It’s time we, women/girls/teens, started a new revolution, not a liberation movement but a fashion revolution. Fashion means a popular style or practice, so let us make this a popular practice, to acknowledge our inner strength and to embrace our destiny as beings of love, light and strength.
Let us as girls look upon women of wisdom and be inspired by them to march forward in life as confident women. Let us as teens idolise women of strength and character and emulate these traits in our lives. Let us, as women become role models to our sisters, colleagues, friends, and nieces, to be all that we can be. Let us as mothers mould our daughters and remind our daughter’s daughters what it means to be a true woman.
Lets start a fashion revolution!