As a woman, I’m disappointed by the way some of my fellow females dress. Modesty seems to be a thing of the past, and it is especially disheartening when I see how some of the young girls are starting to dress. I feel compelled to share what I think are some basic rules for how young (and old) ladies should dress. I write this article knowing full well that both men and women may disagree with me. They may call me a prude or paranoid. But even if I was either of those, it doesn’t mean I’m wrong with these basic fashion truths.
Do not wear clothes that are too tight. Wearing clothes that are one, two, three (or heaven forbid – more) sizes too small will only accentuate the flaws in your body. If you’re overweight, the fabric will mold to the shape of your wrinkles. If you’re not overweight, you’ll simply look cheap. A shirt that fits costs the same as a shirt that is too small, so there really isn’t a reason for you to buy something that doesn’t fit unless you’re purposely trying to show something off, which would then make you look desperate for attention.
Spandex pants, leggings, or tights are not the same as pants and should be avoided. Again, this is an article of clothing that will highlight every single flaw on the lower half of your body. These should not be worn in any fashion unless you are entering a bicycle race. Tights are not substitutes for length in skirts or dresses. I’ve seen women walking around wearing black leggings paired with a large shirt. I’ve also seen men who will stare at that woman because the tights are molded to her shape and are displaying her derriere to the whole world.
Mini-skirts are not skirts. For some reason skirts have gotten shorter and shorter over the past years. Mini-skirts are one burst of wind away from flashing the neighborhood. If your skirt is so short that you have to wear shorts under them so your butt isn’t hanging out, then it is too short. If you are not able to sit down on the metro without getting arrested for indecent exposure, your skirt is too short. A good rule of thumb is that when you sit down, the skirt should hit your knees.
You can’t get respect with low-cut shirts. Any woman who is trying to be respectable needs to have a modest neckline. Men are men, and if you’re showing too much cleave, they will subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) ogle your goods. Sadly, women are also judgmental and if you’re showing too much cleavage, your fellow women will assume you are trying to use your sexuality to get ahead. Either way, it’s lose-lose, so cover them up and save the view for someone special.
Knee-high high-heeled boots are also not the same as pants. I’ve seen a lot of women wear these boots with a short skirt on a blistering cold day. It’s as if they think putting on a pair of shoes that covers up the bottom portion of their leg will make the sight less weird. It doesn’t. It’s still freezing temperatures and you’re still wearing a skirt. Also, the boot draws the attention up your leg to the patch of skin that is peeking out from between the bottom of your skirt and the top of the boot. Instead of being more covered up, you’re actually drawing attention to the areas you are not covered up.
I’ll end this article with a little reminder. If you see someone walking down the street in a chef’s hat and an apron, do you think they’re a chef? Most of us will. Next, picture a woman walking down the street in too-tight clothing, with their cleavage showing, and wearing high-heeled, knee-high boots. What do you think people will think that woman is?