Those doozie designs

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I don't know what designers are thinking about but they aren't thinking about me.

And a bunch of other golden women.

This morning I tried on a pair of cut-off jeans that my friend Dot gave to me.

They are that new design that falls below the navel and at the same time exposes about four inches of underpanties.

Most women wear a tucked in shirt and a belt with these low-cut jeans.

Frankly, they look grossly unflattering on some women who have protruding stomachs or bulges.

In fact, I'll go so far to say that only the trim slender teenager or streamlined woman should wear the low-cut pants.

Not long ago I was entering a store and walking behind a heavyset teenager and an adult I assumed to be her mother.

The jeans on the teen were cut so low that part of her buttock was showing.

I was wondering how a mother would allow her teenager to appear in public that way.

I can remember the time when an older woman did not wear jeans. That was reserved for the younger set.

Now, of course, jeans are a mainstay for all ages, men and women. Age doesn't matter anymore.

So the other day I made a trip to a J.C. Penney store to buy another pair of jeans. I tried on several pair but all were low cuts. I wanted a pair that extended to the waistline.

I finally chose a pair that appeared to be fuller cut than most I had seen on the racks. Rather than try them on, I took them home to make my final decision.

I liked the jeans but they fell below the navel and drug the floor, even though they were a regular fit.

When I walked, I was walking on the hem of the garment. They definitely wouldn't do.

Yes, if you search you can find the full cut jean that fits the waistline, but they are not easy to find.

Remember the not too long ago fad that teenage boys wore; those baggy khakis that hung low on the hips. The boys had to constantly be tugging on their pants to keep them from falling off. Often the crotch of the pants hung down below the knees. I'm thinking that fad is fading from the fashion scene and will soon be a bad memory.

Stores still offer those holey, ragged jeans for teens and they get a high price.

Over the years, designers have come up with some doozies.

Remember "Ben Franklin" or "granny" glasses, a 1960's fashion?

They framed the eyes in small round metallic circles.

And there were mood rings. They were oval-shaped and covered with a dome of thin clear glass. The ring changed colors according to the temperature it was subjected to.

If the ring changed to dark blue or purple that meant the wearer was in a good mood. Blue indicated a relaxed mood, black meant stressed or a bad mood. Of course, none of that was factual but people bought the novelty rings in droves.

Actually, I still have the mood ring I bought years ago. It's somewhere, forgotten, in my jewelry chest.

Remember platform boots, beehive hairdos, a foot high, that resembled a place where bees lived, and those big oversized shoulder pads.

The pads made men and women look like they had suited up for a football game. After that fad vanished from the scene, women everywhere started removing those shoulder pads from their dresses, suits and jackets.

In the '70s there were pet rocks for sale and in the '80s people fought in stores to purchase a Cabbage Patch doll for their youngster. It was a must have and became a scarce item to find.

Today the trend in jewelry is massive chunky styles.

Not long ago the fashion trend was toward the over exposed bare midriff but the fashion conscious ditched this style some time ago. Now it is the pop stars who continue to adopt this trend. The style can still be seen on soap operas and other television shows being aired.

One designer has said that consumers should pick and choose a trend suited to their particular taste.

"In fashion, less is always more," she said.

But I think it would help if there was a little more added to the trendy jeans of today.

Those four inch zippers have got to go.