(Tell it to the young woman sitting in front of us at the baseball game the other night. Well, it does take a while for the heartland to catch the newest trends)
The low-slung "waist" – line and belly shirts are supposedly out…in (and this I know is true) are the long peasant skirts, longer shirts, and so on. As the mother of an almost 14-year old who is starting to be interested in dressing not so much like a little girl any more…phew.
(Oh, and don’t say "Land’s End" blah, blah blah. Land’s End is good for many things, and good up to a certain age. But not every girl wants to look crisp and preppy all the time. )
I remember when a similar shift occurred back in the 70′s. In fact, I remember it vividly, for some reason – when minis started going out and longer skirts came in. I was a freshman in high school, in the fall of ’74, when one of my fellow students appeared on a no-uniform day in a skirt (plaid, probably, as was the style) that went down to her knees. And she was one of the "cool" ones. What struck me was how grown-up she looked, what a mature appearance that skirt gave her. I wanted to look that way, too.