The 21st Century Compromise: Fashion or Function?
In the year 2016, women continue to advance both professionally and socially, pushing the boundaries a little further each time (maybe breaking a glass ceiling or two). Workplace movements like equal pay, breaktime for new mothers, and #girlswhocode continue to gain traction. In every environment, women look to dress in a fashion forward way that reflects their confidence and makes them feel powerful in how they present themselves and chase after their goals. Nowadays, as a woman gets ready in front of the mirror she may be thinking something like:Do I feel confident? Do I feel sexy? Do I feel comfortable?And more often than not, for a number of varying reasons, a woman will forego comfort for a bold fashion statement. She then goes through a day at work or a night out with friends feeling exhausted and in pain from wearing the uncomfortable shoes she chose that morning. Many women are aware of the immediate pain they feel when wearing high heels but are unaware of the long-term damage being caused to their feet. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” said Coco Chanel. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Carefully crafted designer looks and advertisements suggests that women have to sacrifice comfort for fashion. Fashion still exists, however, when a college student races down the block to her third class of the morning in the one pair of shoes she has that will last her through the day, or a woman leaves a long day at the office to meet a client for drinks and slips on a pair of ballet flats because her feet need a break. It’s the 21st century though, and women shouldn’t have to compromise anymore—we deserve better!