Grease is the word

On Sunday afternoon I stretched out on the sofa and enjoyed a little retro musical cinema. Namely, Grease. I haven’t watched the film in years but it is such a well known story and one that I grew up dreaming about and singing along to.

From a fashion point of view it is terribly dated but again, due to its familiarity, you barely notice that.

The part of the story that struck me most was the ending where Sandy and Danny both change their dress in an attempt to win the other over. It might be a very outward and obvious way in which to make someone believe that you have changed but it got me thinking about how much clothes represent who we are.

As infants our clothes are chosen by our parents and as we grow into small children this continues to be the case. Once we start school at four or five – for the most part – our main wardrobe staple is our school uniform which tends to be pretty boring, conservative and restrictive.

Whilst many young women and men rebel against the school uniform and try to customise it to reflect their own taste and identity, it is still difficult to make a real statement with it.

In Grease, Sandy’s outfits tend to consist of muted pastels and respectable dress lengths and higher necklines, in sharp contrast to Rizo who wears her skirts tights and her tops low. The T-birds, including Danny, swagger around high school in tight jeans and leather jackets whilst the geeky boy that Sandy has a milkshake with wears a sportier ensemble. Their clothing choices put them very much in their own groups and set very much apart from the other.

In order to win Danny over at the end of the film Sandy is transformed into a sexy, smoking and smoldering siren in her tight leather trousers, tight top and platform shoes. But what does this say about how much our clothing choices effect the other aspects of our lives and in particular our love lives?

Granted, Grease was filmed in the ’70s and set two decades earlier but I think this issue hasn’t gone away. Indeed earlier this year there was outrage that Primark was attempting to sell padded bikinis to seven-year-olds. But they clearly thought that there was a market for these garments? Maybe we need to think about the message we are giving out about how women should dress to be “sexy” and what age such dressing is appropriate? In this case, less is more might not be the most suitable turn of phrase.

*This is not intended to be a commentary on society, merely an observation and a discussion point.


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