writes about clothes, shoes, hair, make-up, accessories, fashion - anything that's appearance-related, and a good deal else, because appearances are just the beginning.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Why would anyone - man or woman - having occasion to wear a polo shirt go to the trouble of making its collar stand up? It was the 80s, wasn't it, when we last thought this was cool? But even then it applied to the crisp shirt, not to this horrible garment. I admit I used to think it pretty damn swift to sport shoulder pads in my teeshirts, but I'm not still doing it.
The collar turner-uppers can only do it because they believe it renders them more stylish. Yet if you cared about personal style, you wouldn't wear a polo shirt in the first place.
I'm not the first to pose this question - it prompts much internet debate, a good deal of it insulting. But I've yet to read anything in defence of the habit from a committed collar-turner-upper. The internet also supplies plenty of images of silly young men striving to look preppy.
The main offenders in my neck of the woods are femmes d'un certain age and sometimes their professional spouses. To me their up-turned collars are the perfect marker of a born-to-rule complacency that's quite out of touch with the world.
I'm a writer. Sometimes I write fiction and sometimes I'd rather do something else, like earn money, travel or dance tango. Whatever I do, I never stop looking. So this blog is about looking to write, writing to see, and seeing to think. I was once the kind of feminist who believed it was wrong to delight in such things. Now I'm the kind of feminist who doesn't believe that at all. I will never, as Linda Grant puts it, go beige into that good night.