Comment on Skin Colour is Not a Fashion Statement (And no, we won’t “get a tan…”) by Ginger O’Rama.
Thank you very much for writing this! I’m a pale-blue redhead, and have no issues with wandering around in black in summer, with a large hat. Makes for good striking colour contrasts. Same goes for people of any skin tones, looking their most fabulous in what suits them best: universal human right to be yourself and to be happy.
But it took me a long time to get to this stage, and like others here, I had family stupidities to fight against. My mother (a Scot, but who is dark and tans) is *still* convinced that it’s a matter of being “soft,” and that all I need to do to become the Barbie-doll she deserves is “toughen myself up.” An excuse for malingering in dark shady corners in summer (usually with a book), when one should be out and about, alternating bouncing around pneumatically with lying very still. And all a deliberate twisted ploy to thwart the Barbie-owning ambitions.
The result: some sunburn when a kid; one suspicious object removed fifteen years ago; and in between, the teenage rebellion that stuck, of wearing a lot of black and daily sunscreen, and getting into human, civil, and equal rights. So those heinous Barbie fantasies have resulted in some good…
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Ask The Fashion Police: Which single item of clothing would you ban?
Another vote for banning Crocs. There. Is. No. Excuse.
1. There are about a gazillion other shoes that are at least as well-designed for comfort and also for aesthetics, uniting function and form. Camper, Cydwoq, etc.
2. Want waterproof shoes? Get wellies. Stylish examples: Ilse Jacobsen, even Hunter.
3. What happens in the garden stays in the garden. It certainly doesn’t belong in civilized company. Or anywhere in public.