In a world where fashion is liberation, and women are no longer bound by the strict dressing rules society would have once imposed on us, you’d think by now we’d have gotten used to the ‘anything goes’ rule. Sadly, this isn’t so.
2009 saw the underwear-as-outerwear trend make its mark, with fashion seeing the inclusion of stockings, corset-style tops and slip dresses – but it doesn’t mean the world welcomed it with open arms. There were those that called it ‘slutty’, those which said it appeared as if the wearer had just stepped out in their outerwear, whether the trend was tastefully worn or not. And yet, in this ‘liberated’ world, you’d think a girl who decided to wear a hint of lace or show a bit of hosiery may be allowed the freedom of expression.
Personally, I love the trend. Call it what you will, I don’t see a problem with stockings or slip dresses. Tastefully done and not taken to extremes, I love an outfit with a bit of underwear-as-outerwear, stylishly so . But it doesn’t stop the odd disapproving look being thrown at me in the street, and it definitely doesn’t stop my mother having lectures over my dress sense (even though I’m pretty sure I’m old enough to dress myself, thank you very much…).
Wearing lace does not make you a ‘whore’…in the same way that wearing black doesn’t make you a ‘goth’ or wearing flowery prints doesn’t make you a ‘girly girl’. We all know, or have the illusion of knowing, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
An outfit can make a statement, but it can’t make you who you are. So why is it that people can make an opinion of a girl based on what she’s wearing? Can it really be justified to assume things just based on how people choose to express themselves?
I only say this because I’ve come to notice recently the stereotypes associated with fashion. For something which is meant to create individuality and personality, sometimes we are as constricted and typecast with it as we are set apart. Sometimes you’ve got to look past the clothes and find the person underneath.
Fashion is expression. Take it as you want.