Friday, April 24, 2015
The Use of Uniforms
BREAKING REDS NEWS — SUSAN ELIA MACNEAL'S FIRST NOVEL, MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY, HAS GONE INTO ITS 16th PRINTING!
SUSAN ELIA MACNEAL: Did you ever wear a uniform? For school, for your profession, as part of the armed services?
In London recently, I was able to go the the Imperial War Museum and see their World War II exhibit, "Fashion on the Ration" — about clothing during the 40s.
Alas, photos were not permitted in the exhibit, but it was fascinating to see the war-time fashion and read the captions. For instance, the Navy's WAAF uniform was the most coveted because of the black stockings and the Land Army's most hated because of the beige lisle stockings. But, generally, women seemed to really like the ease of wearing a uniform.
Then I happened across an article in Harper's Bazaar about by their art director, who has deliberately adopted a uniform for work. Here she is, looking polished and professional:
Reds and lovely readers, what do you think about uniforms? I've got to say, I personally think they're really a fabulous idea and I'm seriously contemplating finding an outfit I can use as a uniform, and then investing in multiple pieces for conferences, events, etc.
What do you think? Have you ever worn a uniform? Would you?