In the video here’s Bill Cunningham, New York’s premier street photographer, with his first survey of New York ladies doing the spring thing several weeks ago and still coping with the cold bite of winter but flashing a lot of white to raise the temperature a bit. And as those ladies always do for Bill they are all smiling radiantly and looking thoroughly relaxed as they go their fashionable way.
Who would guess the work that goes into that careless and apparently effortless committment to looking good. Note the mixture of footwear, some flat but most heels of various high, some very steep. The long term price for wearing those shoes is not in the dollars spent to buy them but in the sway backs, poor knees and squashed, painfully tingling feet that result from prolonged use.
Now doctors, already critical of the footwear women wear, are also speaking out against shapewear, the product which helps gals conquer their muffin tops and quivering flesh by using it to smooth out the lumps and bumps. Apparently using shapewear a lot can lead to compressed lungs, pressure on the lower stomach, ulcers and tingling legs. In other words todays modern shapeweart has affects not unlike the waist whittling corsets of old.
Who doesn’t want to look good, and that applies to men or women. Surely the secret to success is not complete abstinence from clothing that carries a health risk but the infrequent and judicious wearing of both high heels and shapewear. One of the virtues of today’s fashion climate is that old fashion rules have gone out the window. When haute couture can mean a soft and wafty chiffon number worn with boots surely anything goes. You’re the judge New York ladies of when you want to do the full diva approach to fashion and when you want to feel totally comfortable and go for shock and awe with some personally selected very comfortable pieces that you totally know you look good in.