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Sunday, February 10, 2013

By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Accent Editor

Whatever happened to ties and button-up shirts and suits with skirts and stockings and ... well, fabric?

Styles have gotten worse and worse over the past few decades. This, though, may mark a new low: CBS, which is airing the Grammys, sent out a notice telling the stars to keep their privates private and to have a lot more cloth in their clothing.

When did the stars turn out to be so embarrassing?

Do you remember the days when you could admire the stars for their tasteful glamour? (Or at least have you heard about such icons of glamour as Rita Hayworth, Jane Mansfield, Lena Horne, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy ... and on and on?)

They could be covered from head to toe and still take your breath away.

You don’t have to look far to see the wow factor of dressing up. The Accent section shows it every Sunday, in our anniversary announcements, for one thing.

It’s always a treat to look at the pictures family members bring in. They share current pictures as well as photographs from when the couple was first married, such as in the 1950s or ’60s, when people still dressed properly (and boy, those ‘30s and ‘40s!).

There’s the fellow, looking dashing in a suit or slacks and a button-up shirt and a tie.

Then there’s the lady. We never tire of looking at these pictures of the ladies in their tailored suits or dresses, sometimes with hats and gloves, always with a neat hairdo.

Our grandmothers and mothers presented a put-together package. One look would show you this neatly dressed and coifed lady meant business and was to be respected.

Can we project the same image in the “style” of today — jeans and sweatshirts, with unkempt hair dangling around our faces?

To begin with, our society simply has accepted sloppiness as the norm.

Carrying things further, it’s also accepting near nudity.

How hard do you have to work to get people’s attention? A true beauty can turn heads even when she’s covered from head to toe. Do the stars these days think or realize they don’t have that special allure, so have to flash flaps of flesh to catch attention instead?

Just turn to Page 6-B and check out the anniversary pictures of (coincidentally) two sets of Gravelys. Both of the couples in their current picture look fantastic.

Now look at the newlywed photo of Charles and Virginia Gravely as newlyweds (we didn’t receive one for Richard and Shirley Gravely). There he is looking sharp in a suit and tie, his hand on the slim waist of his wife, Virginia. Curls frame her face, and she’s wearing a dress with a high neckline accented by a gleaming broach.

The folks at CBS should put the Gravelys in charge of the Grammys’ dress code.

Does Virginia Gravely still have that dress in the back of her closet? Perhaps she could lend it to Beyonce.

Imagine if Beyonce were to outfit herself with a proper dress, stockings with coordinated pumps and a handbag, and her hair in a chignon.

Wouldn’t we have to notice and respect her then!

 

 
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