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Surprising Sporting Suspenders Saga

 
John Lithgow sporting suspenders

John Lithgow sporting suspenders

Clarksville, TN – At some point in the life of some older men, a shift occurs. The former rounded derriere becomes flattened and the formerly flat abdomen becomes a rounded tummy.

This can occur because of lessened activity due to illness of some variety, a hernia that can happen to the central muscles of a man’s chest, or simply the advent of becoming a “couch potato” for a number of years. It can even happen when someone has indulged in too many trips to the beer keg or drinks cabinet. (Or, as someone has put it, he might have traded one “six pack” set of muscles for too many others in cans or bottles!)

The result of this shift to “no hips” and “more tummy than one wishes” may necessitate moving from the use of a belt to hold up one’s pants to the purchase of suspenders.
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Hats off to the Ladies

 

hatsClarksville, TN – It is no longer acceptable since Women’s Liberation to be called a lady. The term took on unacceptable connotations because it was viewed as a way that men kept women “in their places.” To be a lady meant you were theoretically put on a pedestal but were subliminally considered not quite up to par with a man.

Ladies were the people for whom men opened doors, who wore hats and gloves, who did not enter the workplace and expect equal pay for equal work, who never swore in public or elsewhere, who spent most of their time making themselves attractive for their husbands’ pleasure, who loved spending their lives cleaning and cooking and being the June Cleaver from “Leave It to Beaver” or the mother on “Father Knows Best.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Finding Fabulous Fashions at Rogate’s Boutique

 

Clarksville, TN – Tired of seeing ten or twelve of the same dress whenever you shop? If so, Rogate’s Boutique at 115 Franklin Street in Historic Downtown Clarksville should be your next shopping destination.

By the way, the proper pronunciation is “row-gah-teh’s” not “row-gate’s” (rhyming with “too late”). The name of the store is the first name of Rogate Hadley, the store’s owner. Her Swiss parents chose an Italian name for her, hence the pronunciation.

Author Sue Culverhouse holding up one of the fine handbags offered at Rogate's Boutique

Author Sue Culverhouse holding up one of the fine handbags offered at Rogate's Boutique

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Kick up some serious style

 

Ladies who lunch in downtown Clarksville are slipping off the kitten heels and sling backs for sleek feel good comfort. With the cooler days and evenings now upon us your feet don’t have to suffer fashion faux pas just because of the season change! Everywhere you look lately you will find boots! No only are they durable and sturdy but they can be worn in oh-so-many ways!

Pair a tall knee length boot with a straight skirt with leggings or thick tights for the office. After hours change that skirt into a mini or slip into a maxi dress and those same boots can carry you out for drinks with a friend. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Fall Fashion Report

 

New York Fashion week has come and gone with all of its pomp and circumstance leaving behind tiny tufts of fur, a bit of glitter and a line of women stammering to the stores to clothe themselves in the hottest trends. With the cooler weather finally upon us it makes shopping for all those Fall wardrobe staples even more appealing. So what will you find this Season when you go to the mall? «Read the rest of this article»

 

The Surprising Saga of Sporting Suspenders

 
John Lithgow sporting suspenders

John Lithgow sporting suspenders

At some point in the life of some older men, a shift occurs. The former rounded derriere becomes flattened and the formerly flat abdomen becomes a rounded tummy. This can occur because of lessened activity due to illness of some variety, a hernia that can happen to the central muscles of a man’s chest, or simply the advent of becoming a “couch potato” for a number of years. It can even happen when someone has indulged in too many trips to the beer keg or drinks cabinet. (Or, as someone has put it, he might have traded one “six pack” set of muscles for too many others in cans or bottles!)

The result of this shift to “no hips” and “more tummy than one wishes” may necessitate moving from the use of a belt to hold up one’s pants to the purchase of suspenders.
«Read the rest of this article»

 

Hats off to the Ladies!

 

hatsIt is no longer acceptable since Women’s Liberation to be called a lady. The term took on unacceptable connotations because it was viewed as a way that men kept women “in their places.” To be a lady meant you were theoretically put on a pedestal but were subliminally considered not quite up to par with a man.

Ladies were the people for whom men opened doors, who wore hats and gloves, who did not enter the workplace and expect equal pay for equal work, who never swore in public or elsewhere, who spent most of their time making themselves attractive for their husbands’ pleasure, who loved spending their lives cleaning and cooking and being the June Cleaver from “Leave It to Beaver” or the mother on “Father Knows Best.”

Granted, some of these thought patterns were totally archaic. When World War II took over our country, “manning” the factories became women’s work. When the war was over, many women were no longer contented to return to scrubbing the kitchen and baking homemade bread instead of earning money of their own and having a career. When the bra-burning era erupted in the Sixties, women became outspoken in their contempt for many of their former roles and the expectations that society demanded of them.

Women still earn about 20 per cent less than men for similar work. To put this in perspective, think of a man who earns $40,000 a year; a woman would earn $32,000 a year, a considerable difference. «Read the rest of this article»

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The legacy of Yves Saint Laurent

 

When I read of the death of legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent at the age of 71, I felt a generation of masterful design slipping away. He was among the last on a list of greats that include Coco Chanel, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga and Christian Dior.

That hallowed group spearheaded an era of glamour evidenced in romantic and elegant couture, offered unparalleled, unequaled garments that now grace fashion institutes and museums. [At left, First Tuxedo: 1966 Fall/Winter Collection No 76, Nap and satin silk jacket and trousers, madarin Tuxedo shirt. Tie, Cumberbund and satin silk ankle boots, metal cufflinks with fancy pearls. Foundation Pierre Berge — Yves Saint Laurent, Photo Foundation Foundation Pierre Berge — Yves Saint Laurent]

The creations of these master craftsmen of fashion were emulated, a source of inspiration to ensuing generations of fashion designers. They were trendsetters too, shaping fashion to match the shape-shifting of global cultures. Nowhere was that more evident than in Saint Laurent’s transformation of the pantsuit for the world of working women. His adaptation and softening of the suits men wear to fit the emerging world of women in business was groundbreaking, changing the face of fashion in the workplace.

Actress Katherine Hepburn years earlier broke through boundaries with her confident stylish wearing of women’s trousers in the 30s, but it wasn’t until Yves Saint Laurent introduce pantsuits for the professional women in the 70s that the change took hold. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Face of fashion: You can be too thin!

 

co-model-bandeau.jpgEurope’s fashion community made a bold move this month with the enforcement of Body Mass Index requirements for its high fashion models, refusing to use runway models who fell below BMI standards. In other words, you can be too thin.

Yes, the models will still be tall, thin, willowy, perhaps angular, but emaciated is OUT. It is a long-needed move toward better health with a long range goal of changing the perception of beauty from bone-baring thin to a more healthy shape.

In Hollywood films, on every TV channel, and in thousands of pages of fashion magazines, the icon of beauty for the past 20 years has been the ever-diminishing body mass of models. The concern exploded into public consciousness a few years ago with the skeletal form of TV’s Ally McBeal, and cross cuts social strata in the form of bulemia and anorexia, the health-endangering weight loss tactics used by too many women and girls in their efforts to be fashionably thin or meet some unrealistic standard of beauty. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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