Since the daring trend came into vogue, a plunging décolletage has been a topic of discussion. Whether a woman bases her wardrobe on “less is more” or “if you got it, flaunt it” — I’m sure we can all agree:
confidence is key.
During 11th century Europe, low-cut necklines were not only in vogue, but non-controversial. During the Victorian period, evening gowns were designed especially to display and emphasize cleavage. In fact, exposed and pushed up breast were considered more acceptable than they are today. A woman’s bare legs, ankles, or shoulders were considered more risqué than a little cleavage.
In aristocratic societies, exposed breast were often regarded as a status symbol — a sign of beauty, wealth, or position in society. Even Grecian culture was inspired by a women’s chest, often depicting it in art, sculpture, and architecture.
Many women identified as “sex symbols” are regularly seen in this style. From the well-endowed, blaxpoitation babe Pam Grier to the “freakum dress” rocking Beyonce — celebrities with bombshell appeal are known for dropping necklines and jaws. In modern times, more and more women push the envelope on how low they are willing to go — case in point Jennifer Lopez in the famous plunging Versace dress back in 2000.
Jennifer shocked the music world when she arrived on the red carpet in the sheer racy garment with the naval reaching neckline. The reviews were mixed, but all agreed she was daring.
Today, red carpet arrivals go through extremes to evoke the “wow” factor. Celebrities like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga push not only cleavage, but hemlines to the limit! This string of sexual empowerment — or over exposure — is a continuously revisited trend in entertainment.
Celebrity trends have the tendency to influence the average Jane and her street style. Although experimenting with style is something to be celebrated and encouraged, some of these extreme trends may not transfer well into everyday wear. We love the idea of fashion challenging what’s socially acceptable, but is there a limit?