Midi skirt popular in the 1950's vs. maxi skirt popular in the 1960's/70's and again today. Which is more elegant?
"It is often said almost with passive resignation that fashions reflect the customs of a people. But it would be more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either be shipwrecked in licentiousness or maintain itself at the level to which it has been raised by religion and civilization." Pius XII, 1957
That right there should be a major warning sign.
I have worn maxi skirts and dresses a few times since they became popular a couple of years ago. (There are some pretty ones, exceptions to what I am going to analyze below.) I just never have been able to love them! This could in part be due to the fact that they don't look great on me, but I suspect a deeper reason. There is something I do not like about maxi skirts and I think it is something idealistic.
Just because a fashion is trending does not make it bad. But because we live in a fashion world that is far advanced in the Revolution, it almost does. So the fact that maxi skirts and maxi dresses are trendy does make them very suspicious.
Here are just a few reasons to justify this suspicion:
-The maxi skirt has little or no form, dismissing that gentle structure that is always present in a skirt with elegance; think of the delicate pleating found in the waistline of a civil war era dress. The maxi dress is slinky and often falls so long as to hide the feet which actually draws more attention to them in a sort of tribal, mid-eastern way, far more than former Christian fashions ever did.
-Often, instead of being more modest as you would expect, maxi skirts are less modest since they are clingy, usually made of cheap knit or polyester material, and thus end up showing the form more than a shorter skirt of stiffer material and more structured form would.
-Maxi dresses usually have very low necklines and are sleeveless. Skirts are generally paired with tanks or tight shirts in order to avoid an overly flowy look. These facts can be discerned just by looking at pictures in catalogs online or in the stores that advertise the maxi skirt look. They are very popular for beaches and in other casual, risqué settings, often paired with other immodest clothing pieces.
-The maxi skirt was first introduced back in the 1960's and 70's in loud floral prints, hippy style, and it is interesting that it represented that era of Revolutionary social equality. Today the women who are most fond of the fashion seem to be the same type, gravitating toward an ideal of loose morals and casual relationships.
This is all a very general analysis of the maxi skirt trend in relation to The Catholic Lady. I really want to know what you think. Please share your comments below!