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A Modest Proposal

Why covered-up is the new sexy

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  • Cleavage just feels too needy to me. It's like those kids in school who frantically raise their hands to get called on. "Pick me! Pick me!" a bare bosom pleads. And am I anti-feminist or just old-fashioned if I see an itsy-bitsy miniskirt as a little flag for a slutty nation?

    When it comes to sexy, I prefer to glimpse a woman's delicate wrist bone peeking from the cuff of an oversized white shirt. Or that glint of a flexed calf at the tail end of a tapered pencil skirt. I second the wisdom of Coco Chanel, who once said, "A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed."

    Apparently, retailers see our point. Right now, J.Crew has chic Italian wool "Hutton" trousers that feature enough legroom to pack an Uzi. There's a maxi-length denim skirt on DKNY.com that pretty much only highlights ankles. Even Diane von Fürstenberg, in offering 23 tunics for autumn, is feeling charitable toward the average American woman—who, incidentally, is a size 14. In my opinion, the tunic is truly a girl's best friend. Diamonds may distract, but they can't disguise a muffin top.

A Modest Proposal
Why covered-up is the new sexy
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