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Okay, so I'm watching TLC's What Not To Wear and they just pounced on a goth witch and I'm so offended it's not even funny! I don't dress goth and I'm an atheist, so it's not like I'm overly identifying or anything, but still!

Now, I get losing the pointed hat in “delicate situations,” (though it speaks to a certain prejudice... it's not like they'd ask a Xian to give up their cross) but a lot of what they're getting at seems to be: hide your weight, blend in, and never, ever make anyone feel uncomfortable. :-/

So, yeah, I'm nearly 6 feet tall so I never really “blend,” though I dress pretty generically “comfortable” most of the time. My general rule is 1st: is it comfortable? 2Nd: is it cute? (I'm not going to wear an underwire bra unless I'm meeting the Queen.)

As far as fashion goes, I never understood wearing uncomfortable clothing. (This gave me fits running with a goth crowd in high school.) Stockings, corsets, and make-up are uncomfortable!  Stop telling me otherwise!

On the other hand, in summer I live in short shorts and tank tops (it reaches the hundreds here and it's illegal to go naked.) Which isn't exactly normal, especially now that I'm in my 30's. Also, I have waist length blonde hair, no bangs, no curls, just one long pony tail down my back. And I almost never wear make-up... So yeah, this show would throw me down a flight of stairs if they got the chance.

Also, just have to mention the clothes they put these gals in? $90 tops? $300 jeans? It's not that these women didn't know these things might look good, most people can't afford that! Ugh.


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Mar. 8th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've a strong suspicion that, now I'm in my late fiftiess, I'm probably not supposed to have my hair halfway down my back. Then again, my mother's been telling me that since I was still in my twenties....

I also believe strongly in the comfort of flat-soled shoes. Believe it or not, it's actually slightly easier to find those nowadays.
Mar. 9th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Every time I think about cutting my hair someone will stop me to tell me how pretty it is, and then I grumble and leave it alone.

My only gripe about shoes is how hard it is to find dress shoes or sandals with a closed toe. I have no idea what the appeal of toe-cleavage (or whatever the peek at two toes is supposed to be) is
Mar. 18th, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
I think this webcomic says it all.
Mar. 18th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much. I assume they must get people who tell them off, they just don't air those :)
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