I’ve decided our societal woes reflect in our ugly clothes. Or maybe it’s the other way around? Anyway, the women’s fashion trend to bare all and show more correlates with the growing tendency to bare all and show more in other aspects of our lives. I suppose if you’re willing to display cleavage and pierced belly buttons, it’s not too difficult to display personal affairs. We revel in the anorexic displays of our movie stars and models as we scour the Internet and television for the exposed bones of these celebrities’ shortcomings and private relationships. I look at fashions from previous time periods—long, flowing gowns with layers of decorum, and note that the privacy of previous generations extended beyond dressing habits. Perhaps we opened Pandora’s box and when skirts shimmied up the thigh, bathing suites shrunk down to thongs, and underwear became optional.
Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman