Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Higher the Poorer?

According to some economists, fashion can predict the rise and fall of the economy. There's the skirt theory that when skirts are shorter, the economy is doing better. Supposedly this is something that's been proven over time.

I never thought this made any damn sense, because you'd think that the worse the economy the shorter the skirt, because short skirts use less fabric, and would therefore be cheaper.

Love these heels, but 6" doesn't work for the office.
Now just to make this extra brain-busting, IBM Global Business Services did some kind of study and decided that heels height is also an economic indicator.

The higher the heel the worse the economy.

So apparently when the economy is down we all hide our towering heels under maxi dresses, but when we're flush we bust out the mini skirts and flats.

I'm going out on a limb here and say that economists aren't always the most fashionable people, and it's probably a male dominated industry. I say this because usually people don't wear flats with minis. Or at least I don't. It makes me look all Hobbity and fat. And I don't wear flats.

As far as heels getting higher as the economy goes in the shitter, it's got some precedence behind it. Heels were popular in the 1930s, 1970s and again recently. But I remember wearing heels in the '90s when we were all rolling around in easy credit and low unemployment. And the recent heel heights have gotten so high, there's no where to go but down.

Having recently reached 6" and 7" with platforms, heights once reserved only for strippers, if they got any higher women would need help walking.

I think fashion reflects the economy before the economy reflects fashion. And some things just don't make any damn sense. Like wearing mini skirts and flats, or maxi dresses. I will never understand those, no matter what kind of economy we have.

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