My friend brought this article to my attention about a month ago and I’ve been meaning to write a post on it for a while. But with Christmas and all, I’ve been a bit of a busy bee. But his constant nagging has lead me to cave in :-P. I admit it’s a bit of difficult post to write as it’s something, in my opinion, is a bit sensitive and controversial. But I want to get people’s opinions on the subject and also see if my readers that aren’t from the UK have similar experiences.
In summary, the article interviewed and followed a number of young women from different major cities across the UK on a night out. Now these women were from a variety of different backgrounds; they followed trainee accountants, social workers, students, nurses, and mothers. They coined the term ‘stripper-chic‘ to refer to the attire that these young women wore on their evenings out. Fake tans, lashes, low cut tops and tiny hem lines are the ‘mask’ they put on before going out in the freezing cold.
When asked why they dress like they do almost all the women answered ‘confidence‘. You see dressing in this way attracts male attention and in turn that makes them feel good about themselves.
So how do they pluck up the courage to go out dressed like that in the first place?
After all, you’d think one would require the body confidence of a goddess before stepping out in something so revealing? But that’s not always the case here, with some of the girls loathing various parts of their bodies and citing alcohol as the lubricant to get them out of the house.
But this is not one little ‘tribe’ that’s the focus here. This is the evening ‘look’ for young women all across the country. If the UK’s night life had a catwalk, then this would be the pret-a-porter collection.
My own opinions on the article are mixed. I don’t agree with the term ‘hooker heels’ to refer to the shoes that the girls wore. Anybody with an ounce of fashion knowledge knows ‘5 inch and up’ has been the standard heel height for the last few years. Regardless of whether you cover up or not chances are your heel height is going to fall into the ‘hooker heel’ category. It is sad that these young women feel that dressing this way is the only way to give them confidence and it’s even sadder that they think it makes them desirable. Especially considering the guys that they interviewed in the article didn’t have much respect for the girls that dressed like this.
You see this ‘look’ is ubiquitous so the woman that breaks the rule and stands out amongst the sea of hot pants and micro hem lines are those that are actually covered up. As a guy, they would certainly be more likely to get my attention.
The thing I wasn’t sure about was where are the clothes coming from? I guess there is always trends and looks on the catwalk that range from the revealing to the absurd. The high street will toy with a number of pieces that fit into each trend then run with whatever sells the most. If the demand is there, they’ll keep supplying it. So if young women are continuing to choose to buy into that particular look they’ll be variants of it about regardless of whether it fits the season or not.
I’d love to know your opinions especially those outside of the UK.
all photos taken from the original article
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