I’ve been brave. I posted a comment below the line after reading Jess Cartner-Morley’s latest article. Apparently, larger, longer skirts are on-trend and that’s great, but, she warns, you have to be careful with these skirts otherwise you’re wearing old-lady clothes. Full title of said article is: ‘What I wore this week: frump chic’. So far so good, but her secondary title ‘The older you get, the harder it is to pull off old-lady clothes. You have to evoke light sartorial irony’, that’s not on.
Wouldn’t say I was overly offended but I couldn’t let it go without commenting as it’s not OK for a younger woman to use or get away with that ageist language. By the way, do have a read of Michele Hanson’s latest article, as she’s commenting on Professor Mary Beard’s campaign to reclaim the word ‘old’ and making the word a positive rather than a negative. I mean, I really object to that connection old-lady = frumpy. No way, Jess. And brave, well, you never know whether your own below-the-line comment will come in for narky comments. Just checked and nothing yet and quite a few likes!
To a certain extent I agree with Jess Cartner-Morley that there are skirts and tops that are not a good look. We’ve all got to find our own style and, personally, I can’t wear high necklines and find mid-length skirts a bit of a trial.
I also find that vintage clothes are not good on me, albeit not counting that fab faux fur coat I bought two weeks ago! First of all, the clothes are too darn expensive in comparison to charity shop clothing. And then most of the vintage stuff available seems to be 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s clothing, which on a younger person does have that sartorial irony – as in, hey, this is a young person wearing something old – wow! But if I wear anything from those decades (and remember I’m 68 so I’ve worn clothes from all those years) it just looks as though it’s been in the back of my wardrobe for eons and I’m being a bit old-fashioned today. And as that’s not the look I want most vintage is not for me.
However, I have bought two mid-length skirts quite recently, and wore one for a disco-singing workshop. I sing in a choir (we sing everything from Beetles, Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel) and learning six disco songs (Bee Gees Staying Alive, was one) was time very well spent.
I always wear chunky ankle length boots with a mid-length skirt – never anything dainty – gives the outfit just a little edge. Is that what Cartner-Morley means by sartorial irony? Not sure, as I think the article is aimed at a much younger audience. The skirt is silk, cost £7.50, has a Phase Eight label (that’s good) and had just the right swishyness for our performance at the end of the workshop, which was on a village green with an audience of 8 people and 6 dogs! But it was all such fun!
Anyway, do let me know if you like wearing mid-length skirts.
That’s all for now
Penny, The Frugal Fashion Shopper