Is it in or is it out?
Since the time when Vanitus the ancient Greek Senator decided to wear his toga off the left shoulder instead of the right, and the other Senators followed his lead so as not to seem foolish, people have tried to keep up with the current fashion trends.
Deep within the damp dark recesses of Paris, people with power, money and an insatiable desire to make fools of people a la 'the Emperor's New Clothes' and to quench their desire for MORE money have devised an occupation so...so... so terrifying that it's almost too horrible to speak of. I'm talking about fashion designers...the deity of the fashion unconscious.
Let's examine the following:
America's idea of beauty: Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer...not that I'm really agreeing with this, but....
France's idea of beauty: Mammory-challenged women with five pounds of make-up, mouths that can't smile, and unshaven legs and armpits. I don't wear make up, I smile and do shave but as for the other, c'est la vie! :) Or, I guess that would be "C'est la NO cleaVage"...
But France has taken it upon itself to decide what is the height of culture in the fashion world. When the magazines such as Cosmo and Elle catch this, they say "What's hot and what's not". Much like sheep, people follow.....baaaaaaad move!
I'm not sure I really liked bell bottoms the first time around...played hell with the bicycle chain... and I definitely didn't like polyester and lime green combined with dayglo orange, and I swear I got on my hands and knees and worshipped Allah when paisley left, but here they are again!
Then again, the ultimate example of such mindless worshipping of fashion didn't even come from France, but right here. I am talking about this thing with guys (and even some girls) lowering their already four sizes too large pants halfway down their butts, exposing their underwear. WHY ON EARTH DO YOU WANT TO SEND THE MESSAGE THAT NOT ONLY ARE YOU TOO STUPID TO BUY THE RIGHT SIZE CLOTHES, BUT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE "UNDER" IN "UNDERWEAR" MEANS?! How the heck can you waddle around constantly pulling up your pants to keep them from falling down ALL the way (that's next year's fashion) and have the slightest notion that you are cool? I've seen guys hit on girls while simultaneously pulling up their pants. It's funny to watch. It's scary when the girl thinks the guy is cool. Please God, don't let my daughter bring one of these creatures home!
I could go on and on. Everything from nose rings to shaving your eyebrows which appears to be making a comeback. Honey, they don't always grow back.
Much like sheep again, we clone ourselves to look like the well thumbed glossy in this month's beauty magazine. Perhaps we should shun the fashion instead of shunning the fashion sense.
And now....I have to go change the bandage on my tattoo.....