I’m just alerting you up front, this post isn’t so much about life lessons. It’s more of an observation. I’m really hoping to open up some discussion with this to see if you’ve noticed the same thing I have, or if I’m just turning into my parents. I’m curious about the observations of men, women, young and old.
The picture to the right is of a woman I saw in a courthouse on Monday. It’s hard to tell from the picture since I was trying to be discrete in taking it, but she is wearing a tank top, pajama bottoms and leopard print fuzzy slippers. TO COURT! Believe me, this isn’t an isolated case. This is not an uncommon sight. I will give her the benefit of the doubt that she wasn’t there to appear before a judge, but even to go out in public like that???
On the other end of the spectrum, I have to ask when did it become socially acceptable to dress like a prostitute in public? Skin tight and awkwardly short skirts and shorts. Then you have the 5 inch heels, skin tight tops with plunging necklines. Seriously, when did this become mainstream?
To take this a step further, I have to say that I have seen some very questionable outfits on girls at church! No, not women. GIRLS. Teenagers. The topic has come up in conversations with friends who are roughly my age. I’m not a parent, but my friends are. Of daughters, no less. So I categorize their observations as qualified. I’ve seen some astonishingly short skirts with ankle-buckling high heels. I understand our culture has, at some point, accepted this look as fashionable and mainstream. I don’t believe I’ve ever been accused of being a prude, but this recent trend is a concern to me.
So, to summarize, there are three things that confuse and concern me:
- When did bedtime wear become acceptable to wear when out and about in public?
- When did hooker-wear become appropriate?
- When did it become OK for teenagers to wear outfits that look like they’re ready to hit night clubs become acceptable to wear to church (or at all), and how/why do parents allow it?
I realize I may step on a few toes with this post, but I’m open to debate. Maybe this is just me getting older and being out of touch. But maybe others feel the same way but don’t have the soapbox to bring it up and have others listen.
What are your thoughts?