Well, can she be any more correct? People have become sloppy in their grooming and in themselves. They're more interested in being on the internet for hours, in texting, emailing and watching t.v. Literally spending hours inside, not dressing up for anything and when it comes time to go out to eat or go to the store or even to the movies with friends people will just stay in their sloppy attire. I have even seen people go to wedding receptions in jeans or shorts!!! shorts??! We are all so busy our clothes have changed to reflect this. Gone are the days when women would dress up for their husbands of an evening, or where men would wear pants that actually fit them & not hung around their knees or were so incredibly tight they might burst something... how uncomfortable. A skirt & a blouse and a little makeup seem too much effort for most women these days. Sometimes it is tricky to be glamorous, even exhausting! Especially when the norm is, quote "At the school gates, the "slummy mummy" uniform of jeans, trainers and no make-up. Anything beyond that is viewed with suspicion."
The fashion styles of today don't help this crisis. People don't know how to dress anymore & don't know what to wear for their body type. I have seen far too many very overweight women & girls in too tight, too revealing clothing that it is very unattractive. Not comely or tidy in any way. Plain ugly and indecent. Magazines, t.v, fashion designers are pushing this grungy look of not caring. Women are lost. Men and women, boys & girls are just following along with the dress-down or dress-less attitude of the world right now. I see so many boys with pants around their ankles, the crutch between their knees and girls with skirts or dresses so short if they bent over you'd see their....! Short skirts and ugg boots, tank tops with underwear showing, men dressing like women and women dressing like men. It is atrocious!
I must say, I have many friends who dress well and some who could dress better :) including myself. I think there has been a shift from dressing to impress men, to dressing to impress other women. Fashion plays a big part. So much so that it just about dictates what is sold in clothing stores everywhere and leaves very little option for people like myself who do not want to follow the crowd. I think a good question to ask is, 'who am I dressing for?' I believe that true beauty or glamour comes from within. It is not about what you wear. Quote ""If I put on high heels, I immediately feel fabulous. I don't think that it's particularly glamorous to appear as if you have spent three days putting on your make-up. Some pared-down jeans, a simple shirt and trainers is, to me, a perfectly good look that takes little effort. Women who criticise other women for not wearing glamorous enough clothes are not celebrating women for what they are. That's not good in my book."
I can relate to this comment. Looking good can make a woman feel better but I don't believe we have to wear what the fashion guru's say we should. I think taking pride in the way you look, not being vain but making an effort to dress-up can boost self esteem. I believe many women lack confidence and have lost their "glamour" or inner beauty because they want to be like something or someone else. They want equality, they want to keep up with the trends, or they can't afford to and make no effort at all and resolve to wearing ugly jeans and baggy shirts the rest of their lives.
Making an effort to look your best says that you're worth taking the time to be the best you can be. It says you care about yourself, about hygiene & cleanliness and about your influence on others. It doesn't have to be expensive, in fact, it shouldn't be. It does take a little time, a little self-discipline. But I truly believe that with a little bit of effort to take pride in the way we dress and to do so appropriately (appropriately being the key word here) that we can feel better about ourselves and perhaps even lift the standards of those around us.
I would like to include this, the 13th Article of Faith written by Joseph Smith. "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
I seek after these things that are virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy. I seek to be the kind of person described in this statement. I seek to stand out from the crowd and endure whatever it is I have to endure whilst in this world and not succumb to the evil or trendy influences that are so prominent & distracting today.