In a world where fashion has evolved from corsets and voluminous layers of heavy skirts to long-sleeved, turtle-neck Sunday bests; from white stockings to shoulder padded uniforms; from shapeless and modest clothing to skin tight leather, snakeskin, cleavage, and backless pieces, “sexy” has been constantly redefined.
We’ve gone from Coco Chanel’s long-sleeved classic black dress to Snookie’s tiny skirts, massive cleavage (which, unfortunately, is a great understatement), and ripped clothing in today’s fashion magazines. Granted, Snookie is never praised for her “high fashion sense,” but it is still evident that “sexy” in the minds of many young women equates more skin.
Fear not. The fashion industry is fighting back.
Full-length skirts, oversized sweaters, floor-length dresses, men-inspired women pieces, boyfriend sweaters, chunky knits, and everything else that suggests a cozy, comfy, and sleaze-deprived ensemble is taking center stage on the runway. Each piece is evident in nearly every collection and moves elegantly from day to night, winter to spring.
Even the red carpet’s best dressed are fighting back. There’s a right way and a wrong way to cover up.
Sexy is dressing comfortably while maintaining and displaying your shape, leaving things to the imagination but giving them something to go off of, and covering up while revealing yourself. It’s sounds completely contradictory, but it is utterly simple.
Dries Van Noten pairs a flowing floor-length vibrant purple skirt with an oversized jungle green top and manages to exude utter cool rather than a grandma-dressed-as-Barney look by playing with textures, an asymmetrical hemline, and black sunglasses.
Sheer tops with floor-length dresses shed some skin but keeps it controlled. Sheer layers also make a longer piece so much more interesting while a leopard-print coat immediately adds a dose of youth.
Belting at the waist or donning eccentric colors also defines waists and curves as shown on Fendi’s twist on wearing a belt and layering lengthy skirts.
Fashion allows us this incredible flexibility with our own bodies and looks. It’s amazing.
Ray is a passionate writer whose obsession with fashion has skyrocketed to a nearly unhealthy rate. But she’s fine with that. Who in the blogger world isn’t? She meshed these two passions into a single word that now embodies her life: Fashionwrites.
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What a beautiful post, so well written! So many people try to be sexy by going overboard with legs, cleavage, everything !
love this post !
Beautiful pictures. I have to say I am a fan of corsets (mostly because my body looks amazing in them, and they are gorgeous). Fashion does try to change the definitions of words time and time again, & fashion is forever changing.
Being sexy is about attitude, about being misterious , but the word “sexy” is related to pretty much anything vulgar these days,so it gets harder and harder to be sexy in its true voice.