Readers, do you trust your own taste? I mean, if you don't like something that's popular, do you wonder if you're just too small-town and unsophisticated to get it, or like the boy in The Emperor's New Clothes, are you able to confidently call it like you see it?
Things we get used to seeing a lot -- thong underwear, strip malls, my cousin Cathy -- start to look normal, no matter how weird they may have seemed at first. Which brings me to today's topic: the bubble dress. I don't have to explain what this is, do I? It speaks for itself.
The bubble has been with us at least since the 1950's (blame Dior?) and, like mildew and Charo, no matter how often it goes away, it keeps coming back. During the more streamlined Seventies it seemed like the bubble had been eradicated, but in the Eighties, there it was again!
The bubble is back again today -- and what's more, it has become a prom perennial: shorter, shinier, and bubblier than ever.
The bubble is not going anywhere, so I guess it's time to make peace with its voluminous ugliness. No, that's not fair -- there is one body type that looks OK in the bubble: the ballerina. The general rule is that if any other part of your body even vaguely resembles a bubble, avoid it.
The bubble looks best on dress forms (no legs), pattern envelopes (illustrated), and runway models (tall). Plus the occasional Hollywood celebrity, after considerable styling, primping, and posing.
If you'd like to know how that bubble is created, you can read this informative post from the Couture Allure Vintage Fashion Blog. It's basically a poofy sleeve you wear on your hips.
In addition to the bubble dress, there is this -- sort of a stiff, upholstered bubble or inverted tulip. (How does one sit in that?) Perhaps this look deserves a blog post all its own.
In closing, readers, a few questions:
1) When you see a bubble dress, do you -- like me -- want to cut that hem free and let it hang as the universe intended, or do you just look away and pretend not to notice?
2) Do you agree that the bubble basically creates a second waistline around your thighs? (Perhaps the secret is to keep it below the knee.)
3) If you like the bubble dress (and if so, I hope I didn't burst your bubble, he he), what am I missing?
Have a great day, everybody!