Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Modesty? I never saw it, but I think I know what you mean.
Return to Modesty?
Some girls don't like this look for some reason. Whatever.
MALLITES. CNN is claiming that there's a teenage girl who doesn't want to be half naked when fully dressed. Here's an excerpt:
During a recent shopping trip to Nordstrom, 11-year-old Ella Gunderson became frustrated with all the low-cut hip-huggers and skintight tops.
So she wrote to the Seattle-based chain's executives.
"I see all of these girls who walk around with pants that show their belly button and underwear," she wrote. "Your clearks (sic) sugjest (sic) that there is only one look. If that is true, then girls are suppost (sic) to walk around half naked."
Nordstrom executives wrote back and
promised Ella the company would try to provide a variety of fashions
This is promising, provided Ella isn't the only girl who thinks
looking like a slut isn't the be-all and end-all of fashion. We
suspect, however, that modesty is but a brief niche market (pun
intended). Note that CNN doesn't quite approve of Ella, going out of
its way to embarrass her by reproducing her (probably normal)
misspellings. When a professional or presumptuous adult botches his
spelling, we can see the value of that lordly "[sic]," but it's a mite
heavy-handed to insert into the prose of an 11-year-old.
The fashion mavens seem a bit patronizing too. Here's how the new
modest look is characterized by an editor at Seventeen:
"We like to call this new girl Miss Modesty," said Gigi Solif Schanen, fashion editor at Seventeen magazine. "It's such a different feeling but still very pretty and feminine and sexy. It's just a little more covered up."
Shoppers are starting to see higher waistlines and lower hemlines, and tweeds, fitted blazers and layers are expected to be big this fall, Schanen said.
"It's kind of like a sexy take
on a librarian," she said. "I think people are tired of seeing so much
skin and want to leave a little more to the imagination."
A librarian? Uh, sure. Every girl would want to look like a librarian. And are we starting to understand why CNN launched the "[sic]" weapon? Ella wants to look like a librarian and can't spell. She must be one of those fake girls, you know, the ones who don't want to be a shouting TV lawyer or slutty singer.