“In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking.
But now, God knows,
Anything goes.” Cole Porter from “Anything Goes”.“
Next time you see some young man with his droopy drawers exposing his fruit-of-the-looms’ label (and more) or a maximum bust crammed in the most cringe-inducing minimum top, you may feel that the entire American public is on the verge of a costume malfunction. You may, despite best efforts to appear young and relevant, wish, as I do, for a return to a mindset where “more is more”.
“…If bare limbs you like,
If Lil Kim* you like,
Or me undressed you like,
Why, nobody will oppose.
When ev”ry night the set that’s smart is in-
Truding in nudist parties in
Anything goes.” Copied from MetroLyrics.com
When you are just so over the “Anything Goes” or rather “Anything Shows” fashion statement, you may think that Snooki and Gaga style represent the nadir of tasteful dressing. But that Cole Porter song quoted above debuted in 1934 when the star mentioned was Mae West. That’s the thing about our world, that weird pendulum we call “the Earth”, as far out as it swings in one direction, it shifts back in the opposite with equal vehemence and determination.
Be careful what you wish for.
Today my inbox offered up a post from Daily Candy that featured a fashion store called Pleasure Dome. http://www.pleasuredome.us/ I clicked on the link with trepidation, fully expecting some misogynist’s dream combination of unwearable/unbearable stilettos and bandaid-sized tops and bottoms. I was so humbled to learn the story featured the growing “trend” of Amish fashion. Not just any Amish fashion, but old discarded Amish fashion becoming modern, trendy, expensive Amish fashion for the non-Amish. So for $385, you too, can be dressed in a garment too worn for the Amish to repurpose, and they are not a group that is big on waste. They don’t seem to care much about “waist” either as these shapeless dresses will attest. But who knows, with a little more PR, maybe you’ll be able to pick up a few at “Sacks”. On the plus side there will be no chafing.
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©2012 by Alison Colby-Campbell