Friday, February 17, 2012
Pretty vs. Practical
It's made to attach women's clothes to their bodies. We first purchased it to make a prom dress behave. Recently, I've discovered a shirt that I really like has a misbehaving shoulder. A little double-sided tape keeps the shoulder of the shirt where it belongs, arresting its attempt to slide down onto my arm.
That got me to thinking: Would a man put up with clothing that had to be coaxed or constrained into place? With the possible exception of belts and suspenders (which are not uncomfortable), I'm guessing No, they would not.
So why are women willing to go to such great lengths to get one shirt to perform? Why will we tape it to our shoulder? Why will we wear a spandex undergarment that hampers our breathing to get that shirt smooth around the middle? Why will we wear shoes that require us to install additional comfort zones in the soles?
Because it's pretty, that's why.