Fashion Forward and Uncomfortable

Models walk the runway

Things seem to really be looking up for women! Time’s up, #metoo, me three, equal pay? Not yet?

O.K., it’s fine. We’re still making progress. But there’s a long way to go, as evidenced by just about everything—but especially the trends on display at the men’s and women’s Fashion Weeks last month. I don’t know if anyone would consider fashion to be a critical factor on the road to gender equality, but I’m going to make the case for it—because I really don’t want to wear a corset over my T-shirt, despite it currently being in style for women. I’m slightly confused as to how the corset was considered un-feminist when it was under clothes, but now that it’s exposed it’s suddenly liberating.

Back to Fashion Week, where all the men’s trends had two things in common, comfort and warmth, while women’s Fashion Week was all about the opposite. This pattern has been evident throughout time, especially on the red carpet. Women wear one layer—a delicate dress made with material so thin it’s almost see-through, or issee-through—whereas men’s fashion accounts for eight layers. Yes, a shirt and suit jacket may just look like two. But the thickness of a man’s shirt is equal to three red carpet dresses, and the jacket is equal to five. It’s a lot of math for me, too, but the sum is: we’re cold.

The best example from Fashion Week to support this theory would be the new fleece trend for men, juxtaposed with this sexy veil trend displayed at women’s Fashion Week. This look can be considered fashion, but it cannot be considered clothing. There has to be a think piece out there analyzing why women’s fashion always makes you feel freezing. Never mind, there’s definitely not, because I realized the piece would only be a sentence: the less clothes you wear, the more of the bODdaAyYy you see. At the very least, maybe we can raise the average temperature at the office, since keeping it at a cool 65 degrees is starting to feel like inherent sexism.