On March 8, women across the world recognize their freedoms in all aspects of society. While women have made vast strides in social, political and economic arenas since the beginning of the women’s movement starting with the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848, fashion sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of achievements women have made for themselves. In this day-and-age we have renowned blogs such as Leandra Medine’s “Man Repeller” that boldly presents fashion that women love and men hate. Women no longer have to dress according to patriarchal beauty ideals and instead adorn their bodies with clothes that speak to their personalities. Women have the freedom to choose what they want to wear and do not have to dress in order to please a man. Sure, in many religious sects women must abide by certain rules according to dress and modesty standards, but often there is even room for expression within those regulations.
Thigh highs cross cultural boundaries because they provide women the option of keeping their legs covered. Yet, thigh highs differ from other types of hosiery because they have a certain, sexy quality that allows women to feel incredibly alluring – I call it the matching bra and underwear phenomena. Even if you are the only person who knows you have a cute set on under your jeans and t-shirt, it’s just the boost a woman needs in the morning that helps her feel confident throughout the day. Similarly, thigh-highs allow women to feel their best while adding elegance and class to whatever she is wearing as she is not going bare-legged.
While there are still many improvements needed to be made to improve the lives of women, International Women's Day reminds us to take into consideration all of the achievements that have been made by women for women. Fashion and the option of wearing thigh-highs regardless of cultural/religious persuasion may not be the first thing that comes on the agenda, but certainly many women today work around the confines of male beauty ideals and dress according to their own personalities which is an accomplishment not to be forgotten!
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