Last time I mentioned some of the fashions I wish would return and asked for reader comments. Seems that we’re all on the same page for a couple of things. Like hats.
Love my fedoras.
We do too, Michael!
And not only you – hats got the thumbs up from Jilian, Carol, Snowflake, Jeanne, Aylea, and several others, along with shoulder pads. But of all the readers who weighed in on hats, the all time winner is Blaze:
I have hundreds of hats and member of two Red Hat groups, one for 20 years! Hats are always in fashion and have never gone out of fashion!
..and all fans of high waisted jeans, like me and reader Jane, owe Reader Rhonda a ‘thanks”…
Old Navy has some high waisted jeans. I usually shop online, so I’m not sure if they are in the brick and mortar stores.
Reader Hollis was among several (like Anne and Sonja) who bemoaned the poor choices for shoppers of a Certain Age.
Too much merch is targetted at much-younger models.
Several readers also pointed out the general lack of fashion sense in the public square (“Leggings EVERYWHERE!” says Sonja.)
Sonja put it best.
Casual dress, casual mind.
There are many other ‘must haves” in the comments – don’t get reader Jeanne started about shoes! – so read them all and share your thoughts on fashion! Let us know in the comments!
In case you missed it, the original column is below.
My suffering is over, at last. Well, sorta. High waisted jeans are back in style. I wish they had never left.
High waisted jeans! How I’ve missed you! For years, I suffered through the boyfriend jean, the skinny jean, leggings, jeggings, and worse. Even at my very thinnest, all those jeans made me look, well, dumpy. I can’t help it if my waist is wandering up somewhere nearer my armpits than my hipbones. It’s the price for having long legs. Welcome back!
Now that my jeans dilemma is settled (for the moment), how about bringing back:
Shoulder pads. They can’t be beat for balancing out a pear-shaped silhouette or making a waist look trimmer. With them, most women can pass for Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not. Sort of.
Hats. Easter is coming. I used to be able to pick up a nice little chapeau and make my rent in the same month. That was back when every respectable department store had a worthy hat department – Bloomingdale’s, Bonwits, Bendels, B. Altman (the city’s best hat department, and oh! the gloves!); each spring the stores’ hat racks sprouted gorgeous hats like flowers. Now I can’t find a nice little pillbox or a big brim sunhat without going online or paying a fortune.
I could go on and on – but how about you? What fashion do you wish would come back? Let us know in the comments!
Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send Open Thread suggestions to email@example.com.
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