No, the post is not about ‘THAT hat’, but I suppose it is a good example of how ridiculous ‘fashion’ is. There were a lot of other ridiculous hats yesterday (including ones that restricted the wearer’s vision), but I do vote Beatrice’s hat probably No.1 for the day in absolute silliness, and alerts us to the possibility of an enclave of evil and sinister milliners out there…
So no, this post is not about ‘THAT hat’ specifically at all. It was good to see it again to remind myself that, no, I was not really imagining how silly it was. And note, I did not make any disparaging remarks against the wearer, just the hat, there is a difference.
This is about fashion in general, and the male-female dress codes. Although this thought has occurred to me in the past, I was reminded of it after looking at this article in The Daily Mail. You don’t need to read it, just have a quick scroll down through the pictures.
The main point is that at these events (any kind of social, meeja, fame event like awards evenings), the dudes just rock up in the tux (or variation of the suit required for the event). This does not make them stand out from each other, and almost never are they criticised for what they are wearing. Women at these events are both competing with each other, and also opening themselves up for criticism for fashion choices and faux pas. Primarily the women are often ripped apart for having bulges showing, big bums, too much or too little cleavage on display, and lots of other made-up ‘crimes’ that women supposedly commit. Basically there are very few women out there that fit the ‘perfect ideal’, so it is easy pickings for the meeja to point out the women’s (perceived) flaws.
Secondly, we have the obvious spending-lots-of-dosh on the dress, and how dudes can just buy, or even just rent, a tux, and job is done, much cheaper than it is for the women.
Whilst there is a tiny bit of ‘fashion’ involved in men’s suits, they don’t change that quickly, and a dude could easily get ten years or more out of the one suit. Even in yesteryear, when things like men’s wigs were in fashion, they really did not vary that much, they were all of a fairly homogenous standard, a bit like men’s ties, where a little bit of individual expression is allowed, but overall, it is pretty much a male uniform. So fashion ‘pressure’ is never really an issue for males.
Not forgetting also, that the fashion industry is dominated by gay men, who are not free from misogyny just because they are gay (frequently they express their misogyny and contempt for female more openly than het dudes). Just take a look at these shoes as an example, not sure how one is supposed to walk in these, and the risk of falling over and making a fool of one’s self is high (I wonder too if that is part of the motivation).
Speaking of hobbling and misogyny, Pippa Middleton got nothing but praise for her outfit (because she had a nice figure, and no perceived ‘imperfections’ were showing). Except the woman could barely walk, her stride was severely limited, and I also noticed that she nearly stumbled with the low hemline as she entered the church. Nor was anyone really critical of that supposedly wedding faux pas of ‘never wear white to a wedding’, I guess because it was a criticism-off day due to the blah blah magickal important event.
Gimme comfy loose-fitting unfashionable clothing any day.
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As an off-topic aside of this blah blah magickal important event, I wanted to point out the public relations manipulation in all of this. The style of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was a modernised version of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, and the closeness of the design is more than just accident. It sets up within the collective mindset (both general public and to a degree, the meeja) that Kate is a Grace Kelly equivalent, to become much beloved by all. Which means that for the long term, as long as Kate stays married and plays the good wife, she will remain in this role. It’s a PR manipulation. Right down to the length of the veil.