As a feminist, I resist criticizing expressions of sexuality and desire. As we move through the spectrum of fashion from Quaker conservatism and white pearls and sweater sets to the barely there string bikinis of Brazil, there are moments of power, expression, sexuality, desire and contradiction, all of which make me love the discussion of fashion even more. But in each of these situations, there is the question of context and the personal expression of fashion which is style. To work within a framework set out by the eminent cultural critic Roland Barthes, clothing and fashion are the collective agreements on pieces of apparel that provide a signal to the observers about the identity of the wearer and her reflection of social constructs.
We have been told repeatedly that clothing is sexier than no clothing and, as a fashion critic, a position I wholeheartedly support. The issue at hand is how high does the leg go and, maybe more importantly, how high does the waist go? Let’s take a quick look at the good, the bad and the ugly
What Not to Do
A quick gallery of too much leg. Most of these images come from Tumblr so I have left the posters name. To shame them…:
Let’s take a look at things that are go
There is in fact a Facebook page which is spearheading this cause: We Hate High Waisted Shorts. Fashion decisions don’t need to be difficult. It is just a question of judgement and self-reflection and knowing that style doesn’t follow trends. Just don’t sell yourself too short…