Skin is in and women love to show it off. There is no law that says “women are not allowed to wear revealing clothes” if there was…the whole women universe would be shedding tears. But all jokes aside for a minute…or two. In fashion, ladies are given the freedom to wear any type of clothing they choose whether it is a strapless romantic red dress or an edgy cut-out crop top paired with your favorite daisy dukes, style is eternal and worth the risk.
Speaking of ‘risking it all’ teen girls have also been rocking this trend as well. In 2010, a writer, Joanne Richard for ‘Toronto Sun’ revealed that teen girls would show up to school in very proactive clothing (miniskirts, short dresses, crop tops, you name it, they wore it). Joanne references several experts who have commented on the issue, including adolescent specialist Dr. Carl Pickhardt. “More revealing clothing can establish a sexual reputation and attract older attention that the young woman is not emotionally or socially ready to deal with yet. In adolescence, the book is judged by its cover. How you decide to dress has a lot to do with how you are perceived and treated.”
Dr. Venus Nicolino owner of DoctorofDeliberateLiving.com also provided some input as well, “The meta-message of young girls dressing ‘slutty’ is that, in a society where men dominate, they are attempting to take back power by getting attention and reaction from their male peers.”
Skin-baring outfits or also called ‘revealing clothes’ can have both pros and cons. obviously when you are walking down the street wearing a really provocative outfit, with your cleavage hanging out for everyone to see…you will probably get some pretty nasty evil eye stares. Or just the typical ‘oh no she didn’t’ reaction. Is it because they admire other women’s cleavage? Yeah it could be, but let’s be real….THEY WANT WHAT YOU HAVE even it means ripping that outfit off of you right then and there THEY CAN AND WILL DO IT. Other women become envious of you and they’re thinking “why can’t I wear that outfit?”
So there is no doubt that women feel some sort of insecurity because what they are wearing may not be so revealing or as SEXY.
That brings us to this: skin-baring outfits are all about sex appeal. Finding that PERFECT sexy outfit that will make all the men squirm like little girls and your lady-friends SUPER jealous. It’s quite amusing, but there’s a difference between the ‘toned down sexy’ and the ‘I look like a prostitute sexy’.
Who: Anya Rubik
What: posing provocatively at the 2012 met gala in NYC
Wear: A white cut-out Anthony Vaccarello dress
Toned down sexy look (not revealing too much skin)
What: At the 2016 Brit Awards
Wear: An ARMANI PRIVÉ gown
The ‘low down’
According to an article written by Susan Perry in 2014 for minnpost.com, skin-baring outfits started to bloom particularly in the 1940s all the way down to the 1970s. Women began rocking bathing suits, and not the oh-so innocent one-piece. The two-piece bathing suit which became a favorite among the ladies. A French fashion designer introduced the two-piece bathing suit in 1946 and became widely acceptable among women in the U.S. by the 1960s.
It also reveals that swimwear had ‘exposed 80% of women’s bodies’ during that time. 92% of women wore bikinis as well. Bathing suits lead the way for more and more skin-baring outfits such as skirts, tight dresses that show off women’s cleavage and thighs. However, it was indeed a trend that all women used to release their inner sexy.
Lauren Sherman for Fashionista.com wrote an article back in 2013 on ‘slut clothes’ aka skin-baring outfits (repeating myself here, just to let you know what it is about). Starting from the 1200 period to the 1800s ‘Décolletage’ made its way into the fashion world, also known as showing off your cleavage. Agnes Sorel in the 1400’s and Queen Mary II in the 1600s who are known for their unique sense of fashion, often wore low-cut dresses that would reveal their breasts. Of course, the fashion statement was dubbed too inappropriate in the Victorian Era because women were not allowed to go out in public wearing such revealing dresses.
Also min-skirts were developed in the 1960s by Designer Mary Quant who changed women’s clothing forever! The mini-skirt trend did receive some unwanted criticism from many people who weren’t so keen on the idea of exposing women’s legs. A YouTube user posted a video a while back called ‘How to not look slutty in a mini-skirt’ which surprisingly has a half-million views.
(photo from fashionista.com’s article on ‘slut clothes’)
In the 1980s, women defied all rules and said “we’re going to show off our midriffs whether you like it not.” And so they did. Crop-tops were TOTALLY HOT. Women were sporting them at the gym while working out and pairing it with their favorite high-wasted jeans. #RetroVibes Soon, crop-tops dominated the fashion industry and became a fast fashion trend in Hollywood. Everyone was wearing them, including the ‘queens of pop music’ Britney Spears and Madonna. Britney wore the crop-top during many of her performances on stage and in her music videos (‘You drive me crazy’) and Madonna she wore them so much, I think fans were getting sick of seeing her in them.
(Madonna wearing her signature crop-top)
Lourdes Leon (Madonna’s daughter followed her style lead as well) #bitbythecroptopbug
A few crop top era outfits drawn of Britney drawn by Armand Mehidri
COULD WEARING SKIN-BARING OUTFITS LEAD TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AMONGST WOMEN?
According to an article written by spiritualresearch.org when a woman wears a revealing outfit, it can lead to unwanted attention from men, including sexual assault.
“Some women think that the way they dress has no impact in attracting the attention of those men who are tamasik by nature. In reality however, it is rather dangerous for a woman to wear revealing clothes.”
The site provided a table of percentages.
Where the woman is and chances of being raped if a woman is in revealing clothes:
On a street in the city 30%
In nature (woods, forests, etc.) alone 50%
In a restaurant or in a room alone with a man 70% (that is a lot!)
“A woman begins to feel angry that she is being viewed as an object. (When society focuses on ‘body image’, then the body is no longer seen as being subjectively experienced, but rather as an object)”
Amber Rose who is famously known as Kanye west’s ex-girlfriend caused controversy on twitter recently when she got into a heated debate with Rev Run and Tyrese Gibson when they suggested that she was the reason for sexual assault happening amongst women in the U.S.
Info and quotes are from nydailynews.com, the article is written by Meera Jagannathan
She denied their claims and said: “If I’m laying down with a man butt-naked, and then his condom is on, and I say, ‘You know what? No. I don’t want to do this, I changed my mind,’ that means no. That means f–king no,” “It doesn’t matter how far I take it or what I have on. When I say no, it means no.”
“Like, if you see a basketball player, and he’s known as a basketball player, when you see him you’re gonna be like, ‘Yo, let’s go play ball!’
“The comfort ability that some people find in wanting to touch or grope you … It’s an energy that’s being sent out there that creates that type of response.”
Rev Run backed Tyrese and said “Dress how you want to be addressed.”
Amber ended the debate to justify her actions with:
“If I want to wear a short skirt or a tank top and I’m at the club and I’m having fun with my friends and I feel sexy, I’m not DTF. I’m not even looking at you,” she added. “I didn’t come here to have sex.”
(I’d have to agree with her on this. If a woman wants to wear a skin-baring outfit let her. But it doesn’t mean she is looking for attention from men, maybe she just wants to look and feel good by wearing that outfit.)
FYI: this isn’t the 1600’s anymore. It’s 2016. There’s a difference. Let women wear whatever they please and stop slut-shaming us. Let us women live. So wear em, defy the FASHION POLICE and be sexy.
(EMILY RATAJKOWSKI = perfection)
CHANEL X STARBUCKS
peace sign selfies tho