Posture has such an interesting intersection with fashion. As undergarments and silhouettes change, so does posture. It's rather strange to think of posture as being trendy, but it absolutely can be. The flappers of the 1920s are often associated with a fashionable slump, steering away from the Edwardian era that encouraged the "s-curve" silhouette for women - a pigeon chest, tiny waist, and sway back. Twiggy was famous for her slouchy poses in the 60s, and today, fashion-y types like Tyra Banks and Christian Siriano declare hunched-shoulder poses to be very couture.
It's interesting to see the heroin-chic slumps of Vogue spreads, while simultaneously being told by fashion experts that we all look terrible and fat because of our poor posture.
A brilliant LOLVogue spread from Jezebel
Truth be told, I wish my posture was better. I found myself agreeing readily with this passage from A Guide to Elegance:
When a woman is trying on clothes, she almost always holds herself beautifully erect in front of the dressing room mirrors. If afterward she hollows her chest and lets her entire body slump, she should not be surprised to find that her new dress does not look at all as chic as it did when she tried it on in the shop.Indeed! I've often caught a glimpse of myself sidelong in a mirror and am horrified by the way I'm slouching about. The style experts are right: it really does nothing for your carefully-sewn ensemble! Unfortunately, having good posture isn't as easy as reminding oneself to stand erect. I have forward-rounded shoulders that are getting more forward-rounded by the year and hours spent hovering over a computer or sewing machine aren't doing me any favors. But what's a lady to do - walk around with books on her head in her spare time? Do hours of pilates or buy one of those weird posture bra contraptions on the market?
Do you worry about your posture? Have you tried and succeeded in improving it? (Please share any tips here!) Or do you get annoyed with magazine articles promising you "instant weight loss!" by just standing up straight?