By Jocelyn J.
Let me start off by saying I love looking at a woman wearing a dress or a skirt. I think it makes them look beautiful. I also love wearing a skirt or dress. I guess I believe it might make me look beautiful.
Our sisterhood bemoans the fact that women wear dresses or skirts rarely these past number of decades. I think us “baby boomers” grew up in an era when the norm was for girls and women to wear a dress, or skirt and blouse, while out of the house. When I look at my high school year books from the 1960s, every girl was in a dress, or skirt and blouse.
A dress or skirt will show off the figure and legs of the individual so adorned, and express a provocative image.
I was perusing the encyclopedia Britannica, and in a very large dissertation on human costumes over the millennia was the following paragraph:
“Rebellion against the established or dominant fashion has been a constant theme in the history of costume. The reasons prompting such rebellion are various: to shock, to attract attention, to protest against the traditional social order, to avoid current trends and thereby avoid looks soon considered dated or outmoded. One of the earliest forms such rebellion has taken—and continues to take—has been that of women adopting male dress. By donning men’s clothing, women have been able to challenge the status quo and participate in activities or roles traditionally perceived as masculine.”
I can’t disagree with the concept of women challenging the status quo and changing our previous male dominated society. In North America women were only allowed to vote just over 100 years ago.
So, as much as many of us enjoy donning a dress or skirt, and seeing other women doing the same, our society is in flux. I, like many of you, now wear slacks or jeans in order to blend in with the females in our neighbourhood.
BUT, have hope. I was recently in Germany for a major world wide event. And my unscientific observations showed: 20% of the females wore a dress, 20% wore a skirt, 20% wore shorts, and 40% wore slacks.
The percentages indicate that in this part of Europe, and probably beyond, a great many ladies wear dresses and skirts. If you mainly wore a dress in Berlin, you would definitely blend in.
The included pictures of me show a dress, a skirt and leggings. I am most comfortable in a skirt, but to blend in while running errands I would have on the leggings.
What are your choices for different activities? It seems like the dress could be making a comeback. YAHOO!
Lots of love,