Slaves of Fashion

Updated on Jan 09, 2010
black woven skinny Target belt - black combat Forever21 boots
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BethanyD 's Thoughts:

The “Girl Graduate” must of course have precedence, not merely for her sex but for her sanity: her letter is extremely sensible. She makes two points: that high heels are a necessity for any lady who wishes to keep her dress clean from the Stygian mud of our streets, and that without a tight corset the ordinary number of petticoats and etceteras’ cannot be properly or conveniently held up. Now, it is quite true that as long as the lower garments are suspended from the hips a corset is an absolute necessity; the mistake lies in not suspending all apparel from the shoulders. In the latter case a corset becomes useless, the body is left free and unconfined for respiration and motion, there is more health, and consequently more beauty. Indeed all the most ungainly and uncomfortable articles of dress that fashion has ever in her folly prescribed, not the tight corset merely, but the farthingale, the vertugadin, the hoop, the crinoline, and that modern monstrosity the so-called “dress improver” also, all of them have owed their origin to the same error, the error of not seeing that it is from the shoulders, and from the shoulders only, that all garments should be hung.
And as regards high heels, I quite admit that some additional height to the shoe or boot is necessary if long gowns are to be worn in the street; but what I object to is that the height should be given to the heel only, and not to the sole of the foot also. The modern high-heeled boot is, in fact, merely the clog of the time of Henry VI., with the front prop left out, and its inevitable effect is to throw the body forward, to shorten the steps, and consequently to produce that want of grace which always follows want of freedom.

Absolutely useless fashion advice from Oscar Wilde. I just thought it was funny and interesting. Apparently, he had much to say about fashion. I think he preferred a much more practical style of dress than was fashionable at the time. I wonder what he’d think of today’s clothes. I think he wouldn’t mind my outfit today. At least my “garments” are hung from the shoulders, and my boots have a high sole of the foot as well as a high heel, and I have to say my body is not thrown forward or wanting of grace because of them.

Comments (36)

citysleek
citysleek on November 10
amazing!
lolkat
lolkat on February 09
love this~
Laura86
Laura86 on January 17
you have a great style
honeycrunch
honeycrunch on January 11
wow this is absoutely gorgeous! i just wanted to tell you that i tagged you in the 7 things post in a picture of mine
chubbylumpkin
chubbylumpkin on January 11
great picture! The colors are pretty in your outfit!
Kayyy
Kayyy on January 11
cuuuute
meggstatus
meggstatus on January 10
this is amazing, perfectly covered up but still very sexy
laluminata
laluminata on January 10
loving your hair
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 10
cuteness!!!
_SERENITY_
_SERENITY_ on January 10
wow, girl, this looks amazing on you!! loooove the dress so much, lovely patern and colors and chic mix
Nikka_D
Nikka_D on January 09
i love it so much! <3
Abysmn
Abysmn on January 09
love ur maxi dress
KHee
KHee on January 09
lol oscar wilde would have approved of platforms! Gorgeous boots and dress, and I love your natural hair, it's so pretty :)
BethanyD
BethanyD on January 10
Haha, yes that's what he was envisioning! Platforms!
nirmalanilam
nirmalanilam on January 09
oh my god i love the colors of this photo and you are always amazing!
trinnah
trinnah on January 09
You are one of those people that can pull off any hair color. I love it! Are those combat boots comfy? I really wanted to get them when I saw them. :) Beautiful maxi dress!
BethanyD
BethanyD on January 10
Thanx! The boots are really comfy, my most comfortable heeled shoes that I own actually:)
anacadabra
anacadabra on January 09
very pretty!
AmberLucas
AmberLucas on January 09
wow- the process on these photos is beautiful. And I love your hair.
showgirlgodzilla
showgirlgodzilla on January 09
you loook stunning in this dress!
GlammcouturE
GlammcouturE on January 09
pretty dress and I like it with the belt and cardi!! =))
rothwoman
rothwoman on January 09
Lovely outfit. You must be tall, I don't think a short person could pull this off.
BethanyD
BethanyD on January 09
Thanx! I'm 5'5" so about average. If I take photos from a low angle I look taller I think:)
alguem
alguem on January 09
i loved! i loved the dress!
mitzicocoa
mitzicocoa on January 09
I love the cardigan with that maxi dress. So elegant.
Perrine_La_Coquette
Perrine_La_Coquette on January 09
wow this is such a beautiful outfit, love love the dress
augustaLOLITA
augustaLOLITA on January 09
great photo!! love the colors!!
NaomiDee
NaomiDee on January 09
love the red hair! great cardigan and belt and im crazyyy for those boots! :)
nicolette
nicolette on January 09
Beautiful dress! I love the colors!
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on January 09
you look good as a red head! and i love the maxi dress and boots!!!
audreyj
audreyj on January 09
I like the combat bots!! Red hair fits you!!
youngbones
youngbones on January 09
lovely dress.
cin_cinnamon
cin_cinnamon on January 09
love the photo,the outfit and the red hair!!amazing!!
liluchious
liluchious on January 09
oooww! Go reddie.. awesome! i love ur hair.. and ur maxi dress!!!!!!!
Martine_
Martine_ on January 09
really cool. love the hair
libys11
libys11 on January 09
love the color composition of this photo!! it's like sunset or something!! really beautiful. :)
BethanyD
BethanyD on January 09
Thanx! I edited the color temperature really high so my hair would look redder:)
SarahJaneR
SarahJaneR on January 09
love the cardigan ans dress, nice boots and belt too, love your red hair too, yes, his fashion advice is rather intriguing lol
SarahJaneR
SarahJaneR on January 09
check out my latest post, i gave you a special shout out :)
Yanie
Yanie on January 09
lovely skirt!!!
Yanie
Yanie on January 09
dress i mean! :P and your boots too!!!
Annebeth
Annebeth on January 09
looking gorgeous!!! love the lace up boot with the long dress! a very good way to wear a maxi in wintertime, and I love the colors as well: very retro, and your hair looks fiery!
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