Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tied Up

Purple Dress and Kenneth Cole Heels thrifted at Double Take || Striped Shirt from H&M || Bracelets from mom || Earrings from Sana and David

 Many of you had great thoughts and personal stories to share on yesterday's post about high heels and health. If you didn't get to take a look, please do, and let me know what you think. Yesterday's post really got Chris and I thinking about some of the unfair expectations placed on women. Take for example, the wardrobe of TV anchors: men can wear suits and be comfortable, but women are expected to wear tight, sleeveless cocktail dresses. And as we were having this conversation we saw a group of students, in their early teens, who must have been visiting downtown on a class trip. All the boys were in comfortable T-shirts, and long shorts. The girls, almost all, in tank tops and very short shorts.  There is just such a ridiculous, and unfair pressure on women, even girls, to show skin, to be uncomfortable, to have their bodies on display. This is a conversation Chris and I have often, I'm really lucky to be married to such a progressive guy.

I'm not trying to be prudish or complain, but I am asking that we look, critically look at, what we expect men to wear and what we expect women to wear. And why is there such a difference between the two in terms of showing skin and being comfortable?

Thank you for stopping by guys.
~ Photos by John ~
Submitted for WIW.

29 comments:

  1. This is a really nice outfit, I love the purple skirt and it's so creative how you tied the top. You look amazing.

    xoDale
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  2. Yes we have different expectations of what men and women should wear. But on the flip side - don't many women enjoy wearing heels, dresses, accessories, etc? Maybe it's too bad for the male tv anchors, who are stuck in boring, ill-fitting suits. women are encouraged - or at least allowed - to dress with more variety.

    x Peter @ http://low--couture.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree with you Peter and also Natasha partially. ;)

      I think I choose to dress the way I dress, it just depends on the occasion. I live in a pretty hot state here in the U.S and I think that shorts are super comfortable and I love to wear them. There's no pressure at all there! Now if I lived in another type of climate I would choose more covered up clothing.

      Yes its true that society expects women to doll up a bit more. But I think that is sort of good for us because we have more "variety" as Peter mentioned. Through clothing we can share our confidence, creativity and personality and I find that a beautiful thing.

      In my case is all about dressing for the right occasion. For example: if I'm going to be around a more conservative crowd I will dress more modestly because I would not be comfortable with the dirty glances directed towards me. But if I'm going to the beach where there's lot of heat and the best way to get comfortable is by wearing a bikini or little clothing then I will do so because I will be comfortable that way.

      Its all about who you are and what you decide to do with your style. Because your style is a part of you and part of who you are should seep through it.

      xoxo,
      Sheyla
      www.freestyle-moda.com

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  3. So pretty!!! i really love it!!!!
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  4. Love your outfit sweetie! :)

    Take care,Daniella xox

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  5. really cute! love how youwear that shirt :)

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  6. Great look !!

    Kiss
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  7. Love your dress girl :) And also when you tie a shirt like that it looks cute on just about everything :)

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  8. Very nice look! love the location too! :)

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    Giuseppe

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  9. I think it's totally bogus! I hate that women are put on display all the time. Granted, sometimes when I'm feeling pretty I like to be told so (haha) but at the same time, I really hate the length of women's shorts!

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  10. I adore the tied-waist blouse!

    It does seem like the amount of bare skin women are expected to (or choose to) show has increased over time. And I feel like the news anchor wardrobe discrepancies are relatively new. Women anchors used to do suits, too, once upon a time ...

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  12. Lovely outfitt!The dress has an amazing color and i love the way you put together with the shirt!You look stunning dear!
    Kisses.

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  13. Love the outfit! The purple is a great color and I love the pattern on it.

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  14. I love this! I'm really obsessed with tying my tops this season, I think it adds such a nice interest. You look really lovely in purple.

    xo,
    Em

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  15. Cute and casual look you had.

    Unfortunately every society set or has a certain set of expectations on women. They expect us to look, act and behave a certain way while men can do whatever they want and no one blame them. Society always judge women before men, it is just unfair. Great topic.

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  16. Love the look and the purple looks good on you!!!!!!!:-))

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  17. loving your skirt!!

    xx

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  18. nice outfit, the skirt is pretty cool!
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  19. I completely agree with you about the double standard. I think you've done a nice job of finding something that looks good, fits in a flattering weay, and is comfortable.

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  20. great post !!
    lovely skirt great like it ^^
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  21. Cute outfit and great pictures!!! Take care

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  22. I really hear what you are saying, Natasha. I'm 14 years old, and even I don't feel the need to show off my skin all the time. And its not because me mother would never let me out like that or anything (which of course, she wouldn't) but its just because I'm not that comfortable letting people see every bit of my skin. Sometimes it is good to leave a surprise for people. Love your post, I just saw this today, and I will be reading more.
    Luv,
    N'iya
    http://fashionartingenuity.blogspot.com/

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  23. AMAZING Outfit!!! :)

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    xoxo

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  24. Such a beautiful look! Love that dress!!

    XO

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  25. So in love with that fun dress! The color and print are gorgeous!

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  26. Cute dress! Love the 80's-ness in it!

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  27. super duper cuteeee :)

    xx

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