Jun 8, 2010
I just don't get it, readers. Maybe I'm from a different generation. (Wait -- that is my generation.) Why, oh why, did women ever want to dress like men?
Just look at this March 1984 Vogue spread (click photo to supersize):
Something very weird was happening back then and has never entirely disappeared, awful as it was/is.
Which leads me to the formal announcement of the winner of the Ugliest Pattern Ever contest -- Vogue 9128!
It finally arrived yesterday and let me tell you, it's as hideous as I'd remembered it. Here's a closer look:
It's includes both the loose, sack-like jumper and the oversized, shoulder-padded shirt -- a study in nausea. I'm hoping Cathy can sprinkle it with some girly-girl dust and make it all OK.
Now lest you think I'm some kind of neanderthal, I'm fine with a little male gender-bending...
It's playful, insouciant -- fun! It's normal.
Creepy. Is it any wonder that we don't know whose clothes to put on in the morning?
I'm an open-minded person but I have my limits and I just can't wrap my head around this women in menswear thing.
Luckily, I think the trend has largely faded and good riddance. Young women today have positive feminine role models like these:
We've finally come to our senses.
Are you with me, readers? Do you agree that a man in heels is cute but a woman in pinstripes looks bizarre? Wouldn't you gang up on a gal in a tailored tux to teach her what's what?
Seriously, have you ever been tempted to wear men's clothes? What was the reaction? How did it make you feel and how did you handle the fly? Do you also like to smoke cigars?
Do you think this trend is behind us at last or merely waiting in the wings?
I'm all ears!