A 22-year-old from the United Kingdom dresses like it’s the 1950s.
What gets me is the amazement and bemusement of the media over a young woman who chooses to dress in a way that is attractive, and yet modest and demure. There was a time – most of human history, in fact! – when that was standard, not exceptional. And more and more, I am coming to appreciate the “retro” or “vintage” look.
“If you dress like a lady you will be treated like a lady. A short skirt or perhaps more a see-through top, may attract unwanted attention,” she said. “You walk into a room all the guys are looking at you, just up and down like you’re a piece of meat and I think if girls had longer skirts they would feel more confident and safe…
“What is really interesting is when you look at vintage magazines, the 1950s really embraces all shapes and sizes because young women were told how to dress for their shape,” she said. “Young people would concentrate on wanting to look nice rather than being as thin as possible. It would be about the clothes and not about the size of them.”
Makes sense to me. I am not opposed to a more revealing look, necessarily; but why not make that a private thing, special and intimate between partners in a committed, loving relationship? Do you really need to show off for the world? Like it or not, appearances do matter, and people will be judged by how they dress and carry themselves.
If you really want to look like a slut, don’t be surprised that people think of you that way – and not in a respectful or admiring way, either. And if someone really does, if he or she actually thinks, “she looks like such a slut, I want to look just like her,” or “that is such a great look,” you might want to question the mindset and priorities of such a person!
On the other hand, people who care about and take pride in their appearance – in a classy way – are more likely to be classy in other respects as well. As Miss Foster comments,
“I think I love the vintage community because it embraces more than just wardrobe; everyone is very respectful and well mannered. It has old-fashioned values which have been lost in our society today.”
Amen! So glad that a few, at least, are attempting to regain them. Deepest respect and appreciation for this young lady, and her community!