‘Tis the season for sun dresses, short shorts, halter tops, and temptation. The winter’s over and women everywhere are wearing less in an attempt both to to get cool and to attract the opposite sex.
It seems that the season either started earlier this year, or I’m just noticing it because the neighbors next door have a pool, and the unseasonably warm spring has lead the young ladies to wear two piece swimsuits. I’m glad my boys are still young.
In any case, it’s not just this dad who is having trouble with the trends in clothing– schools and workplaces seem to be struggling more than ever before to control the runaway hemlines, necklines and bare midriffs that are running rampant.
Schools see it as dress code rebellion. Teens finding clothes that they believe are trendy and wearing them to cause distraction.
Skimpy continues to be trendy for teenage girls. Skimpy continues to be discouraged by school dress codes.
As spring brings warmer weather, the clash is often greater than polka dots and stripes.
Oh wait, that works now, doesn’t it?
As long as it’s skimpy.
But not in school.
“To be fashionably dressed is not necessarily to be appropriately dressed,” said Bert Smith, principal at Batesburg-Leesville Middle School in South Carolina.
“Our buildings have air conditioning. There is no reason to dress in such a manner that would be detrimental to their schoolwork.”
Allowing girls to go to school with skirts that are too short and shirts with straps too thin creates a disruption and distraction, officials say.
Do they know what they are doing? Probably. They want to look trendy. They want to be cool. They may even feel that the clothing gives them a bit of confidence. But I don’t think for a minute that these girls do not know what effect their look has on boys. They cannot be unaware in the sexually charged world they now find themselves in. I mean, when the biggest name in sex peddling mocks feminine mystery in its very name, and teenage girls are shopping there, I don’t think that there’s much they don’t know about who’s checking them out and what they are doing.
But if you thought dress code rebellion was only in highschool and only perpatrated by teenagers, think again. ABC had an article entitled “Cleavage: The Owner’s Manual“.
The weather’s getting warmer and necklines are dipping lower — sometimes, too low.
From the beach to the mall to the office, women seem to be showing off their cleavage more than ever before. Why? According to Elisabeth Squires, author of “Boobs: A Guide to Your Girls,” American breasts are getting bigger while shirts are getting smaller.
“We are seeing more cleavage these days for a few reasons. First, the fashion of the day is tight and skinny. At the same time, women are bigger than they were even 15 years ago. Bra fitters tell me that an E cup is the new C cup,” Squires said on “Good Morning America.”
“We have to remember that while more women are showing more cleavage, you really have to use your breast power responsibly,” Squires said.
So why is it that women need such a guide and need to be told these things? You would think that this might mean that women are ignorant about how what they wear effects others, particularly men. Why is is that we have to have books written about when is the appropriate time to expose parts of yourself? Logically, this must be because there are some instances where it is not.
This begs the question why is there any time that it is appropriate if the effect of showing one’s cleavage is to attract male attention– but then that would mean that I would be trying to hold a moral standard!
There is no reason that a woman cannot dress to be cool in the summer and be modest. I can understand that there are some gray areas and there are some outfits that a woman may just like and not realize what they are revealing. That is one of the reasons that you must take what others will see into account (in a different way than “will I look cool”) when you purchase your clothing.