Saturday, May 18, 2013
Women at their most subversive
Yes, the glorious Cate Blanchett making it look so effortlessly chic. And let me draw your attention to a few fine details that distinguish this suit from the vast array of women's suits:
a) It's not tight. Really, why do men get to camoflauge their form while we are required by fashion (and the frankly misogynist retail business that thrives on undermining female confidence and power - I'll stop the rant before it really takes off) to reveal our butts (must do more lunges), our boobs (boob job or bra armor) and skin (my imperfect, neck, arms, knees etc.), and have it so constricted it makes sitting for an average 8 day tantamount to torture. I love the loose fit - it's so sensuous to feel the fabric move and not be required to hold yourself just so. Can you imagine what you could accomplish if you didn't worry about panty lines, pantyhose, keeping your legs tightly clamped when you're sitting on the subway? In short, have the freedom to focus on the stuff that really matters. Oh, so subversive.
b) Pairs with a simple shirt. A classic shirt, not a t-shirt that fades and gets baggy, not a piece of lingerie, which frankly is and always was just ridiculous, and it does not require a scarf, necklace, or any other adornment - it looks perfectly right just as it is. And I don't know about you, but a shirt lasts and lasts - it's economical. Subversive again.
c) Works with lace-ups. I saw a very attractive woman in the upper echelons of l'age wearing a very similar suit with a tweed-ish coat (mixing patterns in a very British manner) with a pair of brogues. She was stunning. I did a double-take and as usual couldn't get my phone out in time to snap the pic. The Sartorialist I am not. Back to the shoes, comfortable - yes, and just right with the men's styling. And they last for more than just a season or two. Ouch, subversive.
Doesn't she look like Bowie? Anyway, is this so threatening? I think so.
She's just too darn comfortable and confident - she might actually get on a board.
Or she might just be accepted for all that she is and no one will ever know if she has a saggy butt or flabby skin on her arms. Now that's subversive.
I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the Girls in Suits blog. Check it out and submit your woman in suit photo. I will.