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Worrying Trends

I was out in yesterday. Mr C was at a gaming and computer event, so I was allowed to wander round the Trafford Centre mall for the afternoon.

Manchester is a very location, not quite as obviously so as some areas of England, but there were quite a few headscarves in evidence and a decided international sound to the languages being spoken.

One thing I did notice as I walked around and around the centre, looking at clothes, shoes and people in equal measure, is the difference in dress exhibited by different ages and cultures.

First is the distressing tendency for females of a certain age and ethnicity to dress like something out of a porn film. Platform shoes, hooker or scraper heels, jeans or leggings that look like they're cutting off the blood supply to their legs, a profusion of straps on layers of tops and lots of skin on show. Mincing along with pigeon toes braying loudly to their friends and trying to keep their balance.

Then there's the other side of that coin. The females who are already too heavy to be able to wear platform heels safely, who waddle along in 'athleisure' wear and ballet pumps or Uggs, thighs rubbing together under the weight of the body on top.

In stark contrast, the Asian women were modestly dressed, in plain shalwar kameez or jilbab with headscarf. Sure, they were laughing and giggling among themselves too, probably at the idiocy of the other girls dressing so badly!

Finally, the Eastern Europeans, at least I'm assuming that's what they were. Smartly dressed young women in business suits or smart trousers with classic collared shirts, tights and standard stiletto heels of around 2" in height. I've heard a lot about how smart they are, and these young women were definitely looking as if they were off to work rather than out to impress.

I felt quite invisible in my usual casual wear of trousers, t-shirt and trainers. Apart from the looks I copped when I wandered into H&M , where I definitely did feel unwelcome...

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Feisty56 wrote on October 11, 2015, 12:18 PM

What an interesting array of people and cultures represented in your wanderings. Living in a rural community, we don't see too many extremes of dress. Most locals are casually attired unless attending a formal event.

CoralLevang wrote on October 11, 2015, 12:33 PM

I am braving a trip to the local shopping mall today, which I have successfully avoided in the past two years I have lived here. In fact, I have only been to a Mall maybe twice in the last 8 years.
It's not my favorite thing, but I cannot avoid it today or tomorrow.

WordChazer wrote on October 11, 2015, 1:18 PM

My work attire and my casual duds are more or less interchangeable. Trousers and t-shirt. Plain trousers for work, jeans otherwise. Plain designer t-shirt for work, graphic t-shirt otherwise. Trainers or DMs for casual wear and loafers, Mary Janes or smart mid heel ankle boots for work. My skirts are for winter wear as they're thick and blanket like. Flat boots (or what will become Justin boots when I get to the States next time) with them. I don't like tight clothing. Not only do I not have the figure, they're just not comfortable. I am not permitted to wear high heels at work, but I'm not keen on them anyway. My mobility problems mean I can't comfortably wear anything over about 2". I have one pair of boots which are 3" heels but fortunately they are also very comfortable (designer, bought 1/3 price on sale).

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WordChazer wrote on October 11, 2015, 1:23 PM

Good luck. I'm sure it won't be as bad as all that. I managed to survive 5 hours around women whose idea of a mini skirt was something that just about covered their rear. Way too short for me, even back in the day. I never wore anything shorter than 17" skirts even then. Most of my straight skirts were 21" or even 24".

Dawnwriter wrote on October 11, 2015, 1:46 PM

I feel as if I have wandered through Manchester with you today. emoticon :smile: Have you read books by Elizabeth George? Her detective Lynley character is based in England and they are quite fascinating.

Kasman wrote on October 11, 2015, 2:09 PM

''Muffin tops'' and thongs sticking above jeans are two of my pet hates. I often wonder what some of these ''fashionistas'' are thinking about when they get dressed!

WordChazer wrote on October 11, 2015, 2:58 PM

I have read Elizabeth George. She's a good writer who captures the English vibe very well. Kate Atkinson is another of my favorites, also Elizabeth Harris, who won the Ian St James Award back in 1990 or so and now has 14 books out. I need those on my Kindle, as she was a local here at one point, just like Kate Atkinson.

WordChazer wrote on October 11, 2015, 3:11 PM

Fortunately, I saw no thong-tops in low riders yesterday. I did however see altogether too many muffin tops, which reinforces my dislike of tight clothes. I tried on two pairs of trousers in M&S yesterday, supposedly my size. Looks like the low rider is back...these were tight and low cut, giving me a muffin top I do not wish to have. I might not have a waistline as such, but I do have a vague idea of where my trousers need to sit in order to be flattering...this year's fashion does not sit there. Shame, as the burgundy colour I like is back in fashion.

Paulie wrote on October 12, 2015, 2:37 AM

Why did you feel unwelcome when you wandered into H&M . The young women who were dressing as prostitutes were obviously very influenced by their role moles - people like Mylie Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and other pop stars.

WordChazer wrote on October 12, 2015, 6:36 AM

H&M is not for middle aged, average sized women like me. Full of flimsy tops for size 8 and lower, low rider jeans that skim the bum and hips and platform shoes that make my ankles feel funny just looking at them.

AliCanary wrote on October 12, 2015, 2:23 PM

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to dress any way you wanted and not have to worry about people judging you? You could just express yourself however you liked and wear whatever feels comfortable or pretty or fun and walk with happiness and contentment. That would be a good day.

WordChazer wrote on October 12, 2015, 4:48 PM

I do that anyway. Relaxed casual. My idea of dressing up an outfit is to wear a man's collared shirt with trousers and a pair of heeled shoes. Otherwise it's flats and a plain t-shirt with the same pair of trousers.