If you haven’t yet read Cathy Horyn’s op-ed in the New York Times about the changing role of comfort in fashion, it is highly recommended.
In it, she talks about the increasing shift towards comfort in the way women dress, and the reactions from the world of fashion. Do we prize comfort now more than ever?
As I get older, comfort has become more and more important to me.
One mistake that people seem to often make is associating comfort in clothing with “giving up.” The dichotomy between being comfortable and looking good is a false one, especially in today’s world of knit fabrics and other advances. If comfort is important to you (and I don’t think it is for everyone, or needs to be), you can still look beautiful.
It seems to be a balancing act, and each person sets the point at which she feels best. It’s interesting that, as a culture, we seem to be shifting more in that direction. Take a look at the offerings at high end boutiques like Totokaelo, Frances May, and La Garconne, for example.
How important is comfort in your clothing? And what defines comfort for you?
[image above: Isabel Marant FW2013]