How TV stylists don’t understand ‘style’
Don’t get me started on stylists. I remember watching some makeover show, and in the end every single curvy woman was wearing black and grey. It was all about subtle colours, “minimising” and distracting the eye from “problem areas”.
Stylists such as those particular presenters were my problem area! They never once asked how the women felt about their curves, they just assumed that because they had big thighs or a big bum that they must want to “minimise” it. Screw you, Captain Bland!
Personally, I don’t like being told pears shouldn’t wear pencil skirts as it emphasised the width of the hip. I don’t mind looking hippy. I find I walk with a rather cocky strut when I wear a pencil skirt. Given my pear shape, a stylist would probably dress me like this:
- a dark A-line skirt (dark colours and A-line would “minimise” my bum)
- a vertically striped top (becuase stripes are in and vertical ones should make me look taller, lengthening my wider body)
- some nude or maybe pink stilettos (to add height and “minimise” my chunky legs)
- an oversized handbag as a statement piece, to distract from my “problem areas”
I would probably look good, and I might even like the outfit – for 20 minutes. But what advice would such a look give me about style? The message that would be constantly drilled in (as it was on this show) is that if you have larger thighs they are always a problem. If you’re shorter than average, this is always a problem. If you have anything that considered to be less than the current ideal, then it is always a problem and must always be minimised!
What a terrible idea! Why should our fashion choices be decided by what we want to hide? Why is it assumed that everyone wants to hide the same things? Why can’t fashion be about what we want to promote, what we want to feel and who we really are?
Television stylists are usually focused on the day’s trends, rather than actual style. You can work a trend into your style, but if you wear all the latest looks without making it your own you’ll be trendy, but you won’t have style.
Are there some pear “rules” that you’re sick of hearing?