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Adults Only, Please

14 Jan

What does it mean for women when preteen girls want to look 25 and grown women want to look 12?

For the actual twelve-year-olds, the picture’s pretty scary.  Kiddie lingerie and Bratz dolls are just two parts of a pervasive culture of hypersexuality that has damaging effects on girls’ health and self esteem.   For the grown women who want to look twelve, well, I have no words.

Actually, I have quite a few words, beginning with WTF?  Now, I’m by no means any sort of fashionista, but I do flip through my roommate’s magazines every once in a while.  The other night, for about an hour that I’ll never get back, I was bombarded with the message that cutesy is sexy.  With Dakota Fanning on the cover (a decision that has stirred more than a little controversy), this month’s issue of Cosmopolitan gives its readers plenty of tips and products for achieving that oh-so-alluring look of pre-pubescence.  This bothers me on two fronts.  First, as I just mentioned, is the rush to turn girls and young woman into objects of sexual desire.  Second is the reinforcement of the idea that helplessness and frivolity, not self-assurance and competence, are what’s really sexy.

Their caption says it all...

Want a baby-soft pout to match those doe eyes?  There’s a product for that.  Ever wanted to find out how a dude likes you?  Well, don’t ask him or be straightforward about it (God no!); read the secret signals he’s sending you via his hand placement on the table.  Speaking of hands, make your mitts middle-school-dance-ready with the ombre trend.

Can we please get a few things straight?  Cute and cutesy are not the same.  Looking like a taller, more buxom version of a twelve year old does not make you a good role model for her (in fact, just the opposite…)

I’m not pleading for a return of the shoulderpads of the 1980s, but at least the babydoll dresses of the 90s were paired with some ass-kicking Doc Martens!


Volcom Makes Non-Surf Clothes? Awesome!

19 Dec

Volcom Women's Pullin' Rank Military Jacket at shop.volcom.com.

I needed some new work clothes, badly.  Lucky for me, in my new short-term home of Park City, Utah there exists a tantalizing clothing store by the name of Olive and Tweed.  Today I ventured in, and, though I couldn’t afford most of the wares, I was delighted by what I found!  Spotlights on unique design, well-made staple items as well as some more seasonal and sparky pizzazz pieces.  A few local designers were even highlighted in their jewelry section (though I do wish O & T featured a few regionally-based clothing designers as well.  Little too much ‘made in china’ for my taste).  I believe the boutique is women-owned, as well, which I always appreciate in a business.

After an extended trying-on party – deeply satisfying – I decided to stick with the basics.  In addition to a much-needed belt (no one wants to see my turquoise pants fall off), I chose this beautiful blazer (above).  Which was funny, because I associate Volcom with middle school beach trips to  the oil-soaked Atlantic.  But no longer!

The three quarter length sleeves, accented cuffs and asymmetrical design make this jacket.  Plus, Olive and Tweed steamed it for me before I left the store!  The salesmadams were superhelpful and complimentary.  For a pleasant weekend shop, I thought this jaunt successful, enjoyable, and nicely patterned.