My mother is so old fashioned (but then she's 85 years old). She doesn't understand why I won't wear the following anymore:
pantyhose: Itchy, uncomfortable, hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and always snagging and tearing. Thank goodness they've fallen out of favor. I do keep a few pairs around, mostly black, because there are certain situations where they're expected to be worn. But other than that...goodbye pantyhose.
girdles. Back when Mamie Eisenhower was First Lady and Marilyn Monroe ruled the silver screen, this may have seemed like a good idea. It wasn't. Nowadays when we want a slimmer figure, we wear tummy control panties, and I can't stand those. Last time I wore them I couldn't breathe and my abdomen hurt from being squeezed. I'm a feminist. I'll flaunt my bulging belly, thankyouverymuch.
Slips, half and full, under skirts and dresses: A relic of a more prudish era. Maybe as an extra layer in the winter, but otherwise, what's the point?
Shoulder pads: Originally used in the 1940's, they make women look like football players, especially when they wear more than one item with shoulder pads (such as a blazer over a blouse that both have shoulder pads). I still have in my closet a bag of shoulder pads that I ripped out of everything I ever bought that included them (they make dandy cat toys, btw). So what if I have skinny shoulders? Taking out the pads gives me a nice petite look that I think is more flattering.
stirrup pants. Believe it or not, there is at least one mail order catalog that still sells these things. WTF? I thought these went out with the Reagan administration. Why would anyone wear these? They're not even an attractive anachronism. But some people must be buying them, because that catalog keeps selling 'em.
neckties: Don't get me wrong, when a man is dressed to the teeth in a fabulous suit, a beautifully made tie completes the outfit and makes him look gorgeous as all get out. But most of the time guys just look like they're being strangled wearing them. Why do you think they're always being loosened when the man is under a lot of stress? Who thought up this necktie idea, anyway? And don't even get me started on women wearing neckties. Are they trying
to cut off the flow of air to the brain?
Oversized shirts. Big in the 1980's, I wore them because that's what was in fashion, even though it's totally the wrong style for me. I'm 5 feet and weigh about 105 pounds. Wearing oversized shirts made me look like I was dressed in a BIG flour sack. I had no figure in the 1980's because I covered my whole body in these things.
Flannel shirts: Another fashion statement come and gone thanks to the grunge movement of the 1990's, but the only people who should be wearing these are forest rangers who rescue bear cubs from deadly fires.
Anything made from wool: Itchy, itchy, itchy, and hot. Thanks to synthetic clothing materials, we don't need wool anymore, and the sheep get to keep their skin coverings. Isn't that nice?
Anything made with fur: Thanks to synthetic clothing materials, we don't need fur anymore, and the animals who get killed for their skin coverings get to keep their skin coverings (and their lives). Isn't that nice?