Saturday, September 20, 2008

Play ya position

Now I'll start with the disclaimer that I'm not the most adventurous cat out there. Wouldn't exactly say I'm conservative but I do know what fits me and what doesn't fit me. That doesn't mean I play into the stereotype where folks dictate what I can and cannot do, it just means I know what I'm comfortable with and what I'm not comfortable with.

I live by the edict that whats good for the goose sometimes just isn't good for the gander and the old bajan saying "follow pattern kill cadogan" read you don't have to do what everybody else is doing. This goes for if not all well certainly many aspects of life ...... including fashion.

Now I have, and I'm certain so have you, seen many larger women and wished that they would follow my edicts instead of trying to slip into clothing that clearly was made for women who don't have their girth. The innocent bystander drawn to these sometimes horrible spectacles usually watches or cringes while wondering why the person in question decided to leave their home in the outfit in question.

The answer is never simple. Some folks just don't know how to dress properly and some are looking for attention seem to be the common camps into which the answers fall.

That has become common place but what is also becoming more common place is older folks who try to dress up like in bajan parlance "young yams". Lawd ave mercy!

Now I'm not hating. I'm not saying dress like an old fogey. I'm just saying when you reach a certain age every new style is not for you. That don't mean start dressing like your grandmother or grandfather, that just means use common sense while picking an outfit.

I mean, I'm in my 30s and I'm graying, I cant go out there in an oversized t-shirt longer than some women's skirts looking like Solja Boy or one of these new age rappers. I also probably couldn't get away with wearing my hair in corn row, even if I found that style even mildly attractive, so I stick to the styles that I'm comfortable with, that fit me, (although truth be told I haven't grown that far out of my college mode of dress much to my wife's chagrin) that look decent on me without looking like I'm trying too hard to be cool. That doesn't mean I wont incorporate something new every now and then but it just has to fit with the overall me. It cant overwhelm the image.

Well I really wish other folks would do the same. One of the current styles with the women these days is those lacy tops. Now to be honest when this style first came out a few years ago I thought that a large number of women had lost their mind and were forgetting to put on the rest of their clothes cause I remember these lacy tops from when I was growing up and my mother used to call them half slips or something so and wear them under dresses and blouses and the like. They also resemble lingerie so I almost went up to a woman one time and say "girl you like you run out the man house suh quick ya faget ya blouse".

Alas that was not the case. It was/is a genuine style. I still think its better suited for the bedroom mind you but I accept that its the in thing with the young girls and its considered cute and hey if they want to tantalize me and give me a glance at their assets in their lingerie tops who am I to complain. Not me!

Actually lol, my only real complaint and it really isn't a complaint more a suggestion so the women wont embarrass themselves is if you going to wear these flimsy things on the road wear the right undergarments. Hey the fellas ain't going complain but at the same time some of you ain't looking exactly decent with some of the things ya wearing but then again if ya comfortable so be it.

But like I said when you reach a certain age that style isn't for you. Today in the mall I saw a lady in her 50s in one of these lingerie tops. Now the young girls can get away with it and look cute in some cases but when ya reach a certain age and certain things don't sit like they used to when you was in ya teens and 20s you duz juss look lawless or half senile when you walking bout wearing one of those flimsy things with bra straps flying all over the place like ya rush out the house half dress and forget to put on a blouse over that top.

That is all I got to say.

12 comments:

Campfyah said...

I always say, do elegantly classic and yuh can't go wrong dey. De problem I got wid some fashion these days, is dat it's always the plus size wimmen tyring tuh wear a size 0 skinny jean or lace top. Now dat is a problem.

Abeni said...

Agreed. I keep seeing older people dressing like teeny boppers and little prepubescent girls in high heels and revealing clothes..phew

Ruthibelle said...

Eyesores, eyesores, eyesores... all the livelong day! *Sigh* Oh for the day we learn to dress with MODESTY ;)

madbull said...

De wikides' ting is when you see a granny (and I mean a granny) on the beach in microbikini! All thong! and she never really have a batty anymore. (* shakes head sadly *) Tch, tch, tch...

Stunner said...

True words brother Jdid! True words brother Jdid! People definitely need to exercise tastefulness when the dress, know what fits them best and know how to dress their age. If one is not sure, then they shouldn't be afraid to ask a friend.

Radmila said...

One of the best lines I've ever heard was spoken by my mother in law, observing a woman wearing a low cut top with no bra:

"Lawd, someone must talk to she...she breasts hangin' like deh on a murder charge!"

Laugh?
I thought I'd die.

Jacqueline Smith said...

Hi jdid,
I first came to your blog through Stunner's and I like it so I drop in now and again for a good read.

There is actually a name for those half slip tops- camisoles. I wonder how some of these women would react if you said to them "Madame, what a lovely camisole your wearing".

Ardean said...

i'm just thankful i know how old i am, and what is 'proper' to wear.

GC (God's Child) said...

who or what is "cadogan"?
In Jamaica people say "Follow fashion kill mongoose".

Will said...

my 50-something year old aunty has a penchant for short shorts and tight red tops... she came to visit my granny in the hospital once and my mother sent her packing until she was more appropriately dressed... my uncle said that she should be done in the the SPCA for strangling the cat... erm... yeah... hehe...

Jdid said...

@GC - Cadogan is the fella that get kill fa following pattern. lol

naa no idea who Cadogan actually was, actually I think I have a book somewhere that explains it, I'll check

Mighty Afroditee said...

let me not mention the obese woman that I saw the other day, wearing a mini skirt right under she backside. I will not mention her at all...