It was just a generation ago that women fought for the right to wear pants. Even a few years back, many companies in the US considered business formal attire for women to mean a skirt suit (i.e. a jacket and a skirt) rather than a pantsuit. Business formal aside, many women in the older generation still don’t wear pants – they aren’t feminine, you see (the pants, I mean).
But perhaps women needn’t have bothered fighting for pants. At the speed at which some of them are going, they have left pants far behind. Perhaps the decline started a few years ago, when some women started wearing skorts to work (and everywhere else). Skorts, of course, were skirt+ shorts. They didn’t look much like skirts in most cases; they were really a sneaky way of wearing shorts to work. Some companies allow shorts to work too. Here in the midwest, I know at least one company which actually allows employees to wear shorts to work, no need to hide them as skorts.
Clearly, pant hemlines have been rising in the last several years. But it looks like they may have risen even further now.
The harbinger of this trend must surely be Venus Williams’ outfit at the ongoing U.S. Open:
Clearly, fashion now dictates that both pants and skirts are obsolete. All you need is a nightshirt.
You could dismiss this as a case of one sportswoman dressing badly. Of course women aren’t all going to dress like that. Of course this won’t be a trend.
But I got a little worried when the Wall Street Journal, published this rather interesting fashion forecast for the fall season :
Here are a few predictions, based on interviews and previews of collections I’ve had lately:
Dressy shorts, in.
Suits – blazers that can be mixed and matched separately with skirts, pants and shorts – also in.
Yes, they did say “shorts”, and just in case you have any doubts about how short those shorts are, here is the picture they printed with the article :
Do you remember that belief about falling hemlines (longer skirts – and pants?) predicting a recession and rising hemlines (shorter skirts and pants) predicting a recovery? Well, going by that, we must be in the biggest boom of all time, because I can’t see hemlines rising any further.