Monday, July 25, 2005

Why is Southern Fashion Considered a "Don't"?

I got the inspiration to start this magazine from one simple article in another magazine, plus Entertainment Tonite.

The magazine, whose name I honestly do forget was doing the make-over do's and don'ts edition. They went on Entertainment Tonite and said the first place they thought of going, where every gal needs help, is Nascar. They made mention of the too tight jeans, the big hair, the overzealous makeup applications. They stated that they had a whole racetrack at their fingertips that needed help.

Basically, they were implying that Southern gals, who happen to all congregate at Nascar, are fashion "Don'ts".

This got me thinking. Most magazines are published in New York where fashion is top notch and always up to the minute. But that's not necessarily "real life". Why should all of us look like we live in New York? As Gretchen Wilson sings in Redneck Woman, "Well, you might think I'm trashy, a little too hardcore, But in my neck of the woods I'm just the girl next door."

I don't even just mean Southern girls here. There's country girls, surfer girls, working in a factory girls, etc. Why should all of these people try to conform to what "fashion" considers in and out? Most of us can't even afford it anyway.

As far as conforming to fashion, I personally don't want to look like I haven't eaten in 3 weeks and forgot to wash my hair since Christmas, but hey, that's just me.

Every region has it's own fashion, food, festivities, accent and image. The image is what makes the region different from another region. How boring would we be if we all looked and sounded exactly the same?! I think every area should keep to it's own traditions and fashions if they want.

Heck, consider it a "Southern fashion" instead of a "don't". I'm pretty sure big hair for women and mullets for men are gonna take a long time to go away in the South. So make it Southern fashion! Show us how to make that hair big without 45 pounds of Aqua-net instead of telling us to get rid of it. Show us the nice slim fitting jeans that still look like you poured yourself into them instead of just telling us that too tight jeans are tacky.

This is what got me started on the magazine. Let's have a place that celebrates real Southerners living real lives. Somewhere besides the "Don't" page of a New York magazine.


Phyllis S said...

I went to a conference in DC several years ago (two weeks before 9/11, actually) with attendees from all over the country. Frankly, the southern women were easiest to pick out because they were the most nicely dressed (dressier, such as more skirts with jewelry & nice shoes). The northern women wore a lot of boxy, frumpy suits and dresses and the midwestern women were welded into thier jogsuits and sneakers.

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aka_Meritt said...

Hmmm. Actually it depends on 'which' Southern Girl you are hanging out with.

We lived in an apartment and a townhome when we lived in Nashville. The apartment girls would be the Nascar type. Yes, they all needed diets and makeovers and every ounce of help you could give. (Except for 2 of my neighbors - we were all friends, they were teachers and had it together to qualify as the other kind of southern 'lady').

Which is the 2nd type: the Southern Lady. I left the townhome, went to the daycare and to work and I was in a different world. Thin, beautiful, perfect hair, makeup... NAILS. OMG they certainly do care about their nails. ;)

You have Redneck Southern and you have a Southern Lady. The later, does NOT need any help at all. ;)

dorothy rothschild said...

No need to get upset over New York fashion mag snootiness. I can assure you that the fashionistas tottering around on their Manolos mostly dress like clowns. Let's just have a survey of ridiculous trends of the last year: Ugg boots worn with denim mini skirts, shrugs, bags with sequins sewn everywhere on them carried during the day, and those hippy dippy boho-style skirts, and they are still wearing the pointy, pointy shoes and the pants where the cracks of their hineys show.


Cliff Morrow said...

For crying out loud, they're wearing jeans that are way to tight. How about some photo's?? You know, to show how disgusting this really is!