2008-07-21

Rough Roads Ahead

A couple of days ago the Telegraph posted an article about plunging hemlines, which have historically been linked to bad economic times. I'm not quite sure how strongly the two are correlated in this instance, even though maxi-dresses are definitely an established trend. It isn't as if the majority of the population is out and about in floor-skimming skirts. It's quite the opposite, at least in my city. Not that I don't believe we're in a bad state economy-wise. It's one of those topics I obsessively read about every day. In fact, I think it's ridiculous that I still see newspaper headlines claming that we might be "heading" for a "down-turn". Come on guys, it's a recession okay? Stop with the euphemisms already. Does this mean that we are in for longer hemlines next fashion week season?

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think in fact it's shorter hemlines that have been linked to bad economic downturns through history - where less fabric is used (for example during the 1940s, when fabric was rationed). So perhaps it's a little contradictory that maxi dresses have been so firmly established in the fashion world at a time where the US economy is in recession.

Amelia said...

I love the print on the dress. That's really interesting about hemlines.

jo said...

hmm the correlation between the economy and necklines is pretty interesting! maybe there's lesser fabric used? hahaha. or people are eating less, have more svelte figures and wanna show it off. endless possibilities!

Stephanie J said...

Hi there!

I emailed you a while ago about guest writing for N.E.E.T. Magazine and I wondered if you'd received my email? It may have gone into your junk email folder!
I'd love it if you could let me know,

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Lauren said...

An interesting point. I dislike it how the media keeps hinting at 'downturns' etc too. Maybe if more people were better educated and actually knew what was going on with the economy, there wouldn't be such a panic when it does get worse.

kater said...

I read something a while ago about people cutting their hair during times of economic hardship--which once again seems strange as haircuts are more expensive, although one can see the idea of abundant locks mirroring wealth--which I think is also interesting, but does it actually mean anything? It's like the thoughts on the sales of lipsick eeking up during economic issues, but we haven't seen a huge difference this time around.

Catherine said...

I'm not sure I quite believe that - but it's an interesting theory, nonetheless. I, myself, have been in the mood for ankle-length dresses, but it's totally unrelated to the current recession!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sabrina!

Just wondered if you received my last email in reply to yours - I think I may have ended up in junk again!

Stephanie J
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