(Sorry this was late. I've been sick most of the weekend and took some cough medicine that knocked me out. I woke up at the late-for-me hour of 7 a.m.!)
Earlier this month pop icon Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes, unveiled their new clothing line — Material Girl — aimed at girls.
While the launch lured Madonna fans and fashionistas of all ages, some wonder if this new line is feeding the trend of girls dressing a bit too old for their age.
As the writer of New York Magazine put it, when describing the new line: "Older women are dressing younger" and "young girls are dressing older," (but) "no one knows quite what to wear."
But Salon calls out the trend for what it is: girls dressing like strippers.
"The phenomenon of adolescent girls trying to look like adults is hardly a new one, and the results of said attempts have always been smashingly awkward. Such is adolescence. But Morris suggests that today's young girl/older woman "role reversal can present particular confusion." And, apparently, kids aren't the only ones confused by it."
See an interview with Madonna about her new line.
You've seen it: girls not even in high school wearing tight — we call them "skinny" — jeans and cut-off tops, sometimes with bras we (women) know are a bit too full for their age. The classic example is when Britney Spears, still a teenager, performed in a fetching school-girl outfit in her first video, "... Baby One More Time."
Watch the video here
I don't remember dressing provocatively when I was younger — heck, I don't even do that now! — and actually dealt more with negative body issues than flaunting what I didn't think I had to begin with.
And maybe I'm getting older — yes, I said it — and I'm looking at these young girls with the filter my parents had when they saw me get ready to go out.
So what do you think: girls dressing too provocatively? Or are we just being too close-minded about today's fashion?
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