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| Christina and Low Rise Pants: Not Cool?||Type: Internet Article|
|Women lower fashion standards to be like men||Jun 17, 2004|
|by J. D. Mullane|
The author writes about women's fashion standards and their trying to look like men's fashion. He also mentions those low-rise pants Christina and Britney wear. He says that Christina popularized that kind of fashion and he criticizes it.
Read on for the whole article.
|It's ironic that the belly bearing low-rider pants craze arrives at the height of a nationwide obesity epidemic.|
Sitting at a mall food court the other day, I counted a half- dozen young women sporting low-riders. I'm not sure what fashion "look" they were after.
Maybe they were trying to emulate the classic female form as depicted by the painter Peter Paul Rubens, whose nudes celebrate the beauty of the curvaceous.
More likely, they never heard of Rubens and, seeking to be hip, inadvertently show what 150 pounds of sausage looks like when stuffed into a 100-pound sack.
It used to be that only men made these kinds of clueless fashion errors. You know. The bad toupee. Socks with sandals. The short-sleeved shirt/necktie/pocket protector ensemble.
And the crowning male fashion catastrophe, the chubby guy in Speedos.
I recall being at the Jersey Shore as a kid. The girls with us giggled derisively as a hairy beer-belly dude in a red, white and blue Speedo prowled up and down the beach.
Today's love-handle ladies in their low-riders are the female equivalent of Speedo Man.
To me, this is odd.
Having grown up in a house with three sisters, I can tell you that women generally have a great appreciation for dressing properly, with crucial attention to height, weight and shape.
In fact, my sister Bernadette would make her own clothing when she couldn't find the right style in stores.
She never wore an outfit that didn't perfectly complement her figure.
The most insightful fashion advice I ever got from a woman was this:
Never wear sneakers with jeans.
"Because everyone does," she said.
Men who want to make the best impression know the importance of seeking a woman's opinion when it comes to dressing sharply. I rarely leave the house in the morning without asking my wife, "Do I look OK?"
But when women suddenly toss such concerns aside to let Ed Rendell-sized flab hang out, what's going on?
Low-rise pants first appeared on the market in the late '90s, an echo of the hip-hugger look of a quarter century earlier.
The "rise" - that space between crotch and hip - is about 12 inches on a normal pair of pants.
But low-riders dip to three or four inches, which must make bikini wax manufacturers happy.
Pop singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera have popularized the fashion. They look quite good in it.
But then Britney and Christina have not had children, and have little else to do all day but work on their abs, butts and thighs while consulting with personal nutritionists on what rice cakes to eat for dinner.
Even so, they and their consultants have not forgotten the crucial question one must ask when considering a provocative fashion: Can you pull it off?
The teenage cashier at an area store whose silly baggy pants exposed a large part of his colorful underwear drew the lust of the middle-aged lady behind me, who whispered to her girlfriend that she wished she was 17 again. He could pull it off.
But if I tried that tragically hip fashion, my wife would ask me if I had been drinking, my friends would roll their eyes, and my mother might say, "Do you know your pants are falling down?"
Some women can pull off a well-chosen, well-placed tattoo. But most can't.
Some women can get away with a well-chosen piercing. But most who've inserted metal junk on their faces come off as slaves to MTV fashion.
Some women can even enhance their look by exposing their thong underwear. But most who do make you wonder if they dressed in the dark.
Women have won many important victories in the battle for gender equality over the last 40 years.
Low-rider pants show that women can rival men when it comes to fashion disaster.
Sitting at the food court, I'm not sure that kind of equality can honestly be called progress.
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