Fashion signals

I look at this kind of thing, and the only explanation I can come up with is that certain fashion items are intended to send a signal about the wearer. D'uh! you will say, but the signal these items send is a little odd. That signal is: I am so young and pretty that it doesn't matter *what* manner of ugliness I put on my body; you will still think I am hot.

Unfortunately, a number of people are emboldened by fashion magazines to wear these sorts of items even when their bodies are aggressively countersignalling.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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