Top Hats, Corsets and Gloves...OH MY!
I don't know exactly when men stopped wearing attractive hats and started wearing baseball caps but whoever thought of the idea should be drawn and quartered. I say this because I think the hats of yore were quite distinguished and I wish men still wore them. As a matter of fact, I think that the whole world of fashion in it's entirety has declined exponentially about 100 years ago. No longer do you see feminine clothes and masculine top hat and tales, no more are the beautiful petticoats of old, the opera gloves, the top hats or the corsets worn underneath. Now, we are stuck with jeans, tennis shoes, t-shirts and baseball caps! If fashion isn't the bell-weather for the disintegration of the human race I don't know what is!
I think the entire world has entered an ugly stage. It seems that when we did away with chivalry and embraced equality we also did away with the beautiful ornaments that distinguished men from women. Men and women used to revel in their unique god-given attributes. Men in top hats and tales,women gloried in their beauty adorned with long swishing dresses, lace, satin corsets and gloves. I can't help but wonder whether fashion, like T.V., precedes culture or mirrors it, maybe it's a little of both. I for one miss the beauty of feminine clothes and the suave and dashing elegance in men's clothes and would like to see a comeback. Does fashion affect behavior? You tell me. How do you feel when you are dressed to the nines as compared to oh...say..sweat clothes? Would an army march with as much pride in rags as they do in uniforms? Would a bride feel as glorious on her wedding day in jeans as in a beautiful white wedding dress? I think the answer is obvious.
While I'm not suggesting that we all return to the Gibson Girl days, I am proposing that we all could add a little romance, a little beauty, a little flare to our otherwise mundane lives. It's something we can do, it's something we have control over. After all when you consider the degenerate state of our world...a little beauty and style in the form of a feminine corset, a handsome top hat or a lacy pair of woman's gloves could be just the thing to lift us up out of the trenches of our everyday routines. Clothing can be and should be inspiring and uplifting, not just something to throw over our bodies.
Unfortunately the younger generation have no recollection of what used to be and they are the poorer for it. Many members of this generation, the MTV generation and younger, have sunk to new fashion lows (not that the 1980s were the highs!) and our culture seems hell-bent on stamping out any vestige of the beautiful, the romantic, the feminine or the masculine. Maybe if we all started wearing corsets, top hats and gloves again we could scratch and claw our way back from the ordinary, back from the profane mundane and return again to the romantic days of old when gentlemen were gentlemen and women embodied the feminine mystique. It has to start somewhere, why not with a piece of clothing?
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