Perhaps part of the problem is that there is no one direction. Even the recent fall collections offered short and long, wide and body hugging, minimalism and bohemian, suits and slip dresses, Twenties and Nineties…the list goes on and on. It’s as if designers are sitting around in a fashion trance and not thinking a woman has to go to work in the clothes.
Sure, trendy women like to wear the latest fashions because they get them noticed. And as for accessories, even if they are sexually frustrated, why should women wear superspiky Spitzer heels unless they’re out to grind down their competitors? Of course, even the most staid person can end up being a fashion victim. I recently saw a photo of the Duchess of Cornwall, who was wearing a huge cape and a bulging skirt—and couldn’t get out of the car.
Still, while I rail against the Age of Celebrity, there are some stars who get it right, like Jennifer Lopez, who generally dresses in a way that flatters her natural beauty, so that’s what you notice. Isn’t that what fashion is meant to be about? Simply put: Real fashion is when women wear it and are happy because it doesn’t disguise their true selves.