You know, I'm sitting down to write this post and I really don't know what to write about. Sure, there are eras I love. Flapper fashion in the 1920s absolutely delights me, that straight up, straight down silhouette, the lovely bobbed hair. Not to mention, America in the 20s would have been so exciting - prohibition meant alcohol was illegal and yet alcohol was absolutely rampant with the help of organised crime. That being said though, these times were probably a lot more dangerous than exciting and that's why I don't want to write about the 20s being an era I would have loved to have lived in. Sure, if it had all been parties at Jay Gatsby's house, yeah, let's go but it wasn't was it?
So, the 50s. Again, fashion draws me to this era. Swing dresses, halternecks, red lipstick. Yet, again, history just puts me off. Women were in no way even remotely equal in the 50s and I just know I wouldn't last two minutes in a society where I don't have the freedom I do now. So what about the 70s? Punk is an incredibly wonderful style and I would have loved to go see bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash but meh - I like it but I don't like it enough to wear it myself on a daily basis. I grew up in the 90s so that's a no no.
Thinking about it, I think the best era for me is the one I'm living in right now. Chances are things could get even better in the future, but looking towards the past, I think I'm definitely better off here. Why do I love the era in which I live so much? Freedom mainly. While as a woman I still face many problems that a man would not, I am so thankful that I am able to vote, have a job and not be the possession of either my father or my husband. I'm glad to live in an age where the company I have just launched a business with are about to explode. I like electricity. I LOVE THE INTERNET. I like my Nintendo DS. I'm glad I was able to get a student loan and attend university.
Of course, aesthetics have got to come into this. Sounds vain but I love my style and my style wouldn't be possible without access to the shops I have access to now. I buy the vast majority of my clothes from eBay and Missguided it would seem and these are both things that haven't existed in previous eras. Ah the internet comes into it again! I kinda do think that style today tends to be an amalgam of styles from previous eras but with that being said, I couldn't have a mish mash of styles to make my own personal style if there hadn't be lots of different styles before I existed.
I also love makeup today. I love the huge range of brands out there but I also love how we are slowly becoming more aware about what goes into our makeup. In all honesty, it wasn't until recently that I started bothering to check out the ingredients that are in all the products I use but it got the point where my skin was so terrible and I was feel so ill that I thought it was time to investigate. A few changes later, my skin is on its way to looking fabulous and no longer makes me wince when I see myself makeupless in the mirror. My hair is dramatically improved. While I still feel a bit dodgy health wise, I definitely feel better now I've made a few changes to my beauty regime. Had I lived in a previous age, I could be stuck using products full of lead and other such unsavoury ingredients you wouldn't want to find in your products so I thank god I live in an age where consciousness is rising.
Are you happy in this era or do you long after another?