The older I get, the more I realize that the days of going with the fashion flow of the moment are all but over for me. For the most part I have always worn what I like whether it is “in” or not, but I have tried to find one or two trends that I can incorporate each season that allow me to keep my wardrobe fresh. But some things I just cannot accommodate. There is a limit to the amount of skin I am willing to show. Increasingly, my clothing has become more modest as a function of my perception of necessary coverage. And the older I get, the more things I feel need to be covered. Go figure.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still love my shorter skirts – I am not sure that will ever change. But the days of bare midriff and mega-cleavage tops are over. I still want to be fashionable – but not overly exposed. Whenever I shop these days I remember the old adage, “Just because you can wear it, doesn’t mean you should.” I can wear clothes that high school girls wear, but I really shouldn’t.
Luckily for me, the newest fashion trend arrived just-in-time to allow me to gain coverage without having to sacrifice fashion. The trend, as reported in T Magazine (The New York Times‘ style magazine), is modesty in the form of longer skirts and higher necklines. As represented in the photo below it reminds me of the “governess” look – all very prim and proper.
Photo from T Magazine
I don’t know that I want quite that much coverage. Petite gals need to show a little skin at the neckline (per Stacy and Clinton of What Not to Wear) for visual balance purposes. However, I am happy to see that necklines are becoming more modest again. The days of plunging v-necks that cut down to a few inches above the belly button are apparently on their way out.
If you are a fan of the bare-more styles never fear, they will be back. If there is one thing about fashion that I know for sure it is that all trends – hideous or not – come back eventually. Leggings, jumpsuits, tube tops, leg warmers, ruffled disco dresses, skorts, MC Hammer pants – oh yes, they will be back again and again. The only unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) reality is that by the time they come back you may be either older and wiser or older and much more modest.
I regularly say to Cheyenne when we are shopping, “Oh, I had an outfit like that in high school.” That typically kills any desire she may have to wear anything similar. Not many young girls are going for the “what my mom looked like in high school 35+ years ago” look.
I do believe that I may need to stick with the new modesty trend from here on out. If there is one thing that never goes out of fashion it is leaving some things to the imagination. And trust me, some things are better left to the imagination than burned in one’s psyche. My modesty is far more about your protection than my own.
Day one thousand three hundred and fifty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da