Fashion Police – Mannequins With Visible Ribs 

I couldn’t believe what I saw when I was out shopping the other day, surely I’d been wrong, surely any self respecting shop wouldn’t display mannequins with visible ribs. But no, unfortunately what I saw was very much real and I admit it made me feel a little sick. What was the need for these skeletal mannequins? Tall, stick thin mannequins with almost hollow stomachs and carved out ribs were stood in the shop window displaying the clothes that this shop were selling, half of which were clipped into position as the shop didn’t even sell clothes that small. It made no sense to me, the mannequins definitely didn’t entice me to go into the shop. Instead they left me questioning myself about my own body and what our world has come to.

Size zero is a phenomenon that has hit the fashion world by storm over the past twenty years and has resulted in a multitude of problems across the modelling and fashion industry. Runways are full of skeletal girls battling eating disorders, shops display mannequins with impossibly tiny figures and the media portray this twisted parody of the human body as the epitome of beautiful. I’m not saying that thin women, and people in general, can’t be pretty, of course they can. All shapes and sizes are beautiful, but the problem starts when a particular body type begins to be presented as perfect and every other shape is discouraged.

For most people this stick thin body is an unachievable, unhealthy way to be as the only way to get to this weight would be through starvation or other unhealthy methods. So why are our high street shops displaying these mannequins which 99% of their customers can’t relate to?

In today’s world surely we should be trying to show that every shape is beautiful instead of focusing on a skeleton as our ideal. It’s hard enough to do that ourselves without the shops we visit depressing us even more. In a perfect world there would be a multitude of different shaped mannequins which we could all relate to, thus making us feel more confident, represented and included as we enter the shop.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get a photo of the mannequins in the shop I visited but I have found some photos online of similar mannequins being used in other shops. Of course, the pictures belong to the respective owners.

These mannequins supporting unhealthy bodies need to be stopped, I’m sure you agree. The sooner we promote beauty as being all shapes and sizes, the enter. Remember, we are all beautiful.

This post comes as the first in my new collection of posts, Fashion Police. I’ll focus on problematic areas within the fashion world and the latest news in the industry, I hope you enjoy!

June Wishlist

Britain’s sun has finally appeared, I’ve been abroad and my summer wardrobe has definitely come out. Now is the time for the outfits to accentuate the all important tan and make you look chic whether you’re lounging by the pool or out shopping in the sunshine. So what am I looking for this June?

1. White heels

I realised the other day that I don’t own a pair of simple white heels. These are such a versatile pair of shoes, especially in the summer when the majority of outfits are light coloured, so I’m definitely on the hunt for a pair. Ideally I’d get a low block pair as they’re definitely in style right now (and far easier to walk around in!), perhaps with an ankle tie as these are really pretty.

2. Occasion wear 

Wearing occasion wear in the daytime is a trend that I could definitely latch on to. This doesn’t mean wearing a ballgown to Tesco, but instead wearing slightly more ornate dresses or skirts than would normally be advertised as ‘day dresses’. Josie from Fashion Mumblr pulls off this trend spectacularly and I hope to accomplish it just as well.

3. Neck ties

I’m not too sure about this one but I’ve seen Freddy Cousin Brown trying them out and thought I’d give them a go. They’re nothing like anything I’d ever usually wear but at the minute I’m trying to broaden my fashion horizons and this could be a good place to start.

So, what did I manage to find from my May wishlist?

My search for tailored shorts was successful and I got a gorgeous paper bag waist, high waisted pair from ASOS. They were £22 but honestly looked so high end! They cinch me in at the waist and they’re a lovely, classy length. I’m honestly head over heels for these shorts.

I’m yet to find any camisole tops that I really like but I’m still on the hunt. However, the main reason for getting a camisole top was to pair it with the shorts mentioned above and I’ve found an alternative for that, my white sleeveless blouse mentioned in my Primark haul. So, we’ll see if I need to invest in a cami!

That covers everything from last month’s wishlist, more next month!

Why is Taylor my style icon?

Taylor has such a diverse, yet consistently beautiful, sense of style that I can’t help but fall in love with everything she wears. I’ve been a fan of Taylor and her music since I was very little and she inspires me in so many different ways, not only with her wardrobe. Her style has developed so much over the time she’s been famous that she has practically covered every style I’ve ever been in to and that’s what makes her really original and iconic in my eyes. My favourite era of Taylor Swift fashion was probably around 2012 where her style was extremely classy combined with her statement red lipstick; I feel this connects to my current style as it’s very girly and pretty. I’m going to take you through a brief timeline of Taylor’s fashion throughout her fame to show why I love her so much!

2006

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When Taylor first got famous her style was extremely ‘countryfied’ with long, flowing dresses and lots and lots of cowboy boots. Although I personally wouldn’t wear a look that’s quite as country as this I do like the flowing material and the bohemian vibes.

2007


Taylor’s style had completely changed by 2007 and was now a lot more princess inspired as seen in the corsets and flowing ballgowns.  This is a very pretty, cute era for Taylor and it suits her young, good girl vibe very well.

2008


Taylor’s style had really changed and matured by the following year. I love the glitz and glamour of the sequinned dress, I actually have a skirt that’s very similar. This look just looks perfect for any party, so dazzling!

2009


This look from 2009 incorporates the tulle, princess vibes from previous years with the glittery, more grown up look of 2008. I think Taylor looks stunning here as the strapless dress combined with the gorgeous up-do creates such a beautiful look.

2010


Taylor’s street style in 2010 still shows remnants of her country style at the start of her career with her knee high boots and bohemian style top. The wide, chiffon top is actually still in style, I’d wear this!

2011


Taylor’s style in 2011 was very cute and girly, similar to my style now. Pretty floral dresses and cardigans were staple pieces in this era of Taylor fashion.

2012


2012 brought the start of the classic red lip Taylor, a very classy, vintage inspired look. This nautical outfit is simply perfect, once again cute little dresses are very apparent in Taylor’s wardrobe.

2013


Her red lipstick continues to be a prominent feature of her look but Tsylor begins to move away from the girly little dresses and opts for the still stylish skinny jeans, brogues and blazer. My style is actually very similar to this at the moment for a casual look.

2014


I love this era of Taylor as she just looks so effortlessly classy in her skirts, blouses and heels. Taylor never seems to have a hair out of place, so naturally beautiful! 

2015


How classy does Taylor look here? Her style in 2015 was made up of short dresses and heels, how gorgeous are these heels, I’m in love!

2016


Taylor’s look has completely transformed here into a much cooler, more hipster look with short denim shorts and edgy, cropped hair. Somehow Taylor still manages to pull it off!

2017

 

Taylor has perfected the monochrome New York street style here and although it’s very far removed from her girly, cute style of years before I love it just as much.

That completes the timeline of Taylor’s style, I love each and every era of her fashion evolution and I think she truly is a style icon.

All pictures belong to original owners.