Friday, February 25, 2011

Fashion Friday: Yearning for old-fashioned styles

The following appeared in my local paper a few weeks ago. It was a letter to Dear Abby.

Dear Abby: American Society has been ultra-casual in dress and manners. When I look at old photographs, men and women used to dress better and seemed to take more pride in their appearance. Now they wear pajamas to shop, torn jeans to work, and clothes that are too small for large bodies. I feel we are a nation of slobs. Are we doomed to be this way in the future? I work in an office of slobs and everyone knows I dislike the "casual atmosphere."
~Dressed for success in Albuquerque

Dear Dressed For Success: People did dress differently in the 1950's. Things started changing in the 60's - when the next generation became the demographic that was being marketed to. After that, people began adopting the "grunge chic." Are we doomed to be this way forever? I think so, unless there's a reactionary fashion revolution. Frankly I don't see it happening anytime soon.

Call me old fashioned, I wish we were back in the day of gloves and hats. The fashions of the 50's. Classic styles, elegance and grace.

(Thank you to Dear Abby)


Anita said...

Oh I so agree with that one!! My husband and I are always making comments about how people dress so sloppily...espescially the pjs for shopping. I sit and watch episodes of I Love Lucy and just imagine what it would have been like to live when people actually cared about how they looked, and had good taste. I think people just don't have good taste anymore. Maybe the Kate William wedding will influence people a little, lol!! Love these photos!!

Michelle Murphy said...

Me, too -- love the letter and Anita's comments. Agree 100%

ShannonPinNOLA said...

Okay, I'm showing my age here, but I so remember my grandmother getting both of us all dolled up to make a shopping trip downtown. She was a true Southern Belle and wouldn't have dreamed of appearing in public "undone". Those were the days.....

Summer Wind said...

Great post, I feel the same way as you!