Spring is approaching and for many, that means all kinds of fashion trends to keep up with.
I admit, I’m not one of them. My take has always been that something is cute, or attractive, or sexy on it’s own merits, no matter what the “fashion experts” say. Take for instance last summers big thing, the maxi-dress. Girls, let me be frank: the maxi is an ugly idea no matter how much it costs. It does not look good on ANYONE. And yet thousands and thousands of attractive women dutifully went out and bought and wore them because they were “in.”
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ll browse the new clothes already hitting the racks (and usually grumble that the cutest stuff is hopelessly too small for me)and a lot of it is very winsome. But I’m not ever going to be a slave to what I’m TOLD to like. If I think it’s unattractive, I don’t care if every other woman in town is wearing it, I’m not.
Take this site for an example (the first hit on a Google search for “spring fashions”). Bermuda shorts? Over-sized ruffles? Exaggerated volume? YUCK! The sheer panels are nice, and I can see the potential for “60’s style” to give some nice options (although none of the featured photos are attractive to me) but most of that stuff is not attractive, even on models let alone on the average woman.
Of course, that stubbornness also plays out in other ways. I sometimes push the boundaries of the whole “dress your age” cliche, but that’s for another article.
But I do wonder, for the Trans and CD community, given that so many of us are already physically atypical in terms of finding the proper fit, how many are “slaves to fashion”? How many of you are breathlessly perusing Vogue or whatever and including a line in your budget for buying the hot new look? If that’s you, this has to be the exciting time of year.
Photo by: evocateur