In this latest age
of austerity, which
does seem to come around faster and faster, one thing never changes:
passes for pop culture sets the latest trends, but those who create
fashion are always in style.
I would like to blame the
casual Fridays in the workplace during the 80’s, but it was
also an emergence of
the 60’s to remove the shackles of formal dress,
uncomfortable and confining
structured undergarments, ridiculously complicated rules for dressing
the day and then evening.
Hence, the rules of style
sometimes propriety) have been tossed out the window. We can argue
cows come home about whether this was a win in the culture wars or a
but it does present an opportunity to create your own style by creating
be more empowering than to create your own look, your own wardrobe
being dependent upon cheap imports with a two-month shelf life? Being
unknowable authorities that this season we must all, lemming like, wear
tangerine with yellow stack shoes or that chartreuse is the new black.
these people to dictate what we should all be wearing? Not to mention
of quality construction and proper fit. Even in high end retail
added expense of having to have the jacket fitted and the skirt or
altered is inexcusable.
Even if we are not in
retail financial bracket, we can re-create that expensive look, except
do it ourselves, it will be well constructed and perfectly tailored to
bodies, not some designer’s idea of what the female form is.
Frankly, I don’t
think many modern retail designers understand that the female body is
with bumps and curves of all sizes, differing heights, weights, tastes.
We have a unique
bring sewing, simple home economics back to the forefront with the
empowerment. Home-ec was given, unnecessarily, a bad name decades ago.
portrayed as another shackle to keep the little woman in the kitchen,
from leaving her home. We allowed that to happen as we were too busy
homes, building careers, raising children. Let’s take home-ec
back. We should
be proud to arm our daughters, and our sons, too, with the necessary
take care of themselves. That is the essence of home economics. Living
budget, creating a safe and comfortable home whether that home is home
why your local high school no longer offers relevant courses in home
Check your local community college, sewing guild, church assemblies,
these places offer opportunities to teach, learn, and share
knowledge. Let’s take the home-ec agenda back from those who
impose their own agenda which is antithetical to the true spirit of
home economists, or any kind of economist, really. This
isn’t about a
pop-culture definition of equality or entitlement, it is about earning
and fostering self-reliance.