Monday, March 1, 2010


Until I got my first pair, I thought bootcuts were for cowgirls. Then I got the very subtle bootcut grey slacks and a well-dressed friend said, "You never looked so slim." Instant addict. One fashion guru admitted they are often the most flattering. After trying on a thousand or so more pairs of pants, I added bootcut jeans. For a long-torso, short-legged female, two pairs that fit, show off my waist, and flatter me is big news. Now I realize I should keep them in the vault; they're scarce as a good bra!

A peek at a magazine in the library revealed a quote from a fashion leader bemoaning this sudden scarcity!

It seems a bunch of designers got bored, and convinced a bunch of department stores that we had enough bootcuts! (Silly, silly stores.) Suddenly I got all these color catalogs full of scrawny teenagers in skintight pants. Not a grown-up thigh in the bunch! Why do you think Cathy Guisewaite talked about thighs in the wonderful CATHY cartoon? Because women have them and need pants that make them look great.

I wrote to the prez of a big, big chain of department stores and he tossed me to a merchandising woman who did nothing. Next time I went to that chain, there were no bootcuts. Eventually the two pairs I have will wear out.

Women, are you going to take this lying down? (Well, yes, you will be lying down to get into the new skinny jeans.) Do you have a mirror that shows your backside in them?

Will you write a letter to demand the style that flatters you? HINT: Ask a Librarian website can often find shy retail and manufacturer bigwigs who need a good talking-to. Seize the e-mail or the typewriter or the phone! Fight back for beauty! And let me know when you do, please.

1 comment:

k.gast said...

Ah, style. Truth be told, that went out of my life long ago and I only seek sweats that won't be too tight around my waist since thickening of that portion of my anatomy seems to have occurred at least twice in the last 15 years.
I do certainly sympathize with short women--and
short-legged women--because designers have a very other-worldly concept of what looks good on them.

Of course, part of this dilemma is climate and location. You live in never-ending sun, Margaret. I live in seasons that can change in a day and nothing is ever just right for either warmth/cool/fashion. So I offer sympathy, but not empathy, I guess. Cheers and good luck!

Karen in Indiana