This post was originally published seven years ago. Still true, maybe even more true as we age.
Oh boy, this is annoying. I hear it mostly on the home shopping channels (gulp, if I ever, um, happen to have the TV tuned to one of them while I am, errr, polishing up an article for the New York Times). The cheery host points to the latest tunic top (two easy payments!) and delivers the good news: it covers all those “problem areas”.
I know they mean our midriffs, in this case. Other garments mercifully cover over our problem hips, “derrieres”, thighs and upper arms. Sometimes the salespeople make little unhappy faces as they mention the offending body region, or they smile ruefully and pat their own (perfectly nice) hips.
Of course, I don’t want to expose all my body secrets to the waking public. What a world it would be. I like to drape garments over my body to make a pleasing line. Because I have a relatively small waist, I sometimes like to wear clothes with waistlines. I don’t often wear clothing that sticks to my hips and thighs because it’s 1) uncomfortable; and 2) it’s not my style jam.
My thighs are not a “problem” however. Sometimes my finances are a problem, my cat having allergies can be a problem, and losing the air conditioning in my car (in Florida) is a . . problem. My pale, slightly dimpled thighs are just mine. My upper arms have lost a bit of their struggle vs. gravity but they are not a problem. They are . . . interesting. I choose to show them or not, depending mostly on the air temp.
I rarely hear any garments for men, of any size or shape, touted as covering up their troublesome bits. They don’t even have “problem areas”. “This polo shirt will not cling to that problem tummy, guys, so grab two!”
We want to dress to look better, or we wouldn’t be reading and posting on fashion blogs. It’s natural to want to look good, we’re built that way. Do I sound grumpy? I’m not. I am a happy woman who objects to the problem-ification of my body parts. Does that mean I have a . . . problem?
Stay fabulous and love all your areas, xox,
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