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Suddenly It’s Bare Season
« on: July 24, 2021, 08:27:43 PM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/22/fashion/suddenly-its-bare-season.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20210723&instance_id=36034&nl=the-morning&regi_id=110819560&segment_id=64202&te=1&user_id=99d10cc1bfcf23f19c04b5b0d5d8a12b

Seems that ground is being broken as a result of covid shutdown. Someone noticed a difference in NYC.

They claim that people are wearing less not to be sexy, not to thumb a nose at social proprieties, but for comfort, convenience and not really caring if anyone disapproves.

In the end NY Times reminds their readers that it is legal to be topfree in New York state.

Not the end all, but perhaps a step in the right direction.

I learned that everything is better nude this summer, except mosquito time in the evening and dawn. Even a lady took a towel along to sit on in the city. Maybe, there is another environment that sucks naked, but if you just keep a towel handy....

People are seeing others in less. Thongs and lack of liners are usual on the beaches. It's a trend and trendy.

Jbee

Article Below:
Suddenly It’s Bare Season
Critic’s Notebook

Bras in the parks, skivvies on Fifth Avenue: Is this the logical endpoint of increasingly blurred distinctions between public and private?

By Guy Trebay

    July 22, 2021

Who hasn’t had the nightmare? It’s the one about being caught in public dressed in your undies. Therapists and dream bibles tend to cast these dreams as symbolic expressions of shame or repression.

Yet what if the so-called experts are wrong and these dreams are instead a subconscious bid for liberation? Shed the embarrassment along with those constricting outer garments. Go forth proudly in your turtle-print boxers or your Cosabella bra.

That is assuredly what a lot of people are doing lately, as many venture forth after 16 months of hibernation with a startling degree of license about what passes for street wear.

As recently as a decade ago, it was a rarity to spot people on Fifth Avenue, in Washington Square Park, riding the subway or milling about at airports in various states of advanced dishabille. Anyone who’s taken a stroll in New York lately can tell you that’s not true anymore.

People, in other words, are running around half-naked.

Last week Claudia Summers, a writer, was out doing errands in Midtown Manhattan when she passed a young woman nonchalantly ambling along 33rd Street near Moynihan Train Hall dressed in low-slung jeans and a bra. “Was it a sports bra?” a follower inquired after Ms. Summers posted a snapshot of the woman to her Instagram account.

“Most definitely not!” replied Ms. Summers, who quickly added that she admired the woman’s moxie and, anyway, the day was hot.

Of course it wasn’t a bra top. Bralettes, itty-bitty bandeaus and crocheted bikinis are everywhere. So, too, are Daisy Dukes cut high enough to expose buttocks curvature. And these items are by no means relegated to people who identify with the pronouns “she” and “her.”

“I’m an exhibitionist, and I get pleasure from showing off my body,” said Kae Cook, 32, a messenger, of his wardrobe choice one recent evening as he made his way across Eighth Street in the East Village.
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To keep cool on a blistering day, Mr. Cook had taken to the streets dressed in a pair of mid-thigh bike shorts and a strappy sports bra top. “Especially after a pandemic, people are taking pleasure in showing off their bodies, no matter what that body is, and I’m very comfortable with that,” he said.

That not everyone shares his view can be seen from the case of Deniz Saypinar, a Turkish bodybuilder and social media influencer who was recently blocked from boarding an American Airlines flight from Texas to Miami, allegedly because her taut brown tank top and super-abbreviated shorts were likely to “disturb families” on the plane.
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Ms. Saypinar, 26, quickly took to social media to recount the incident for the benefit of her one million followers, tearfully explaining that the gate staff had insulted her by claiming she’d been close to “naked,” which, in all fairness, she had.

In a statement of its own, American Airlines confirmed that Ms. Saypinar had been denied boarding and rebooked on a later flight, though clad in more modest attire: “As stated in the conditions of a carriage, all customers must dress appropriately and offensive clothing isn’t permitted on board our flights.”

What one might term the conditions of carriage shift all the time in the broader culture, where women’s dress has always tended to attract controversy and society has sharply regulated choice of attire according to the political climate, mores and tastes.

“Effort to legislate modesty are always unevenly imposed and accepted,” Reina Lewis, a professor of cultural studies at London College of Fashion, said recently by phone, adding that while the current flesh parade surely signals some kind of liberation, it is one that, likely as not, is more firmly rooted in pandemic pragmatism than a desire to flout conventional morality.

“Coming out of Covid lockdown, an awful lot of people need to get out,” she said. Young people largely couldn’t date. Many are now desperate for vacations they are unlikely to have. Travel is more expensive and difficult.
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“So, basically,” Dr. Lewis said, “this is people having to have their vacation at home.” Those casual get-ups we once reserved for pool parties and backyard barbecues are now being brought out for the only holiday destinations available to many of us: urban parks and city streets.

“The world is getting hotter with global warming,” Nefalfj Lewis, a bartender, said last week as she and a friend made their way across St. Marks Place. Despite wilting subtropical humidity, Ms. Lewis, 25, looked unfazed by the weather. “The city is hot and filthy, so you have to do what you can to stay cool and comfortable,” she said, standing in a striped stretch-cotton onesie with a beach towel (for riding the “dirty” subway) tucked under her arm.

But what of traditional dress codes and the days of dressing up, not down, for city life? Have New Yorkers abandoned vanity for comfort and conceded the city’s edge in the global competition for primacy among urban fashion capitals to places like Paris and Milan?

“I understand that we’ve gone from being hidden, hiding, and no one cares what you wear because nobody sees you to this unexpected ‘coming out,’” Linda Fargo, the director of women’s fashion for Bergdorf Goodman, wrote in a recent text message, describing what she views as a lowering of the bar for civic pride. “I’ve never seen this look or self-expression, no matter the time and place — unless we’re talking about Ibiza or St. Tropez.”
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But hadn’t boundaries of all kinds already begun to erode before lockdown, when pajama bottoms made their debut on city sidewalks, along with fuzzy slippers, Lululemon tights and shower shoes? (Never mind spandex bike shorts.) Propriety long ago came to seem like morality’s prairie dress, standing prim in a riotous digital landscape where no one knows who is Zooming pants-less and intimate selfies are the equivalent of a Tumblr hello.

Seen in that light, underwear on Fifth Avenue was probably always a logical endpoint in a progressive blurring of distinctions between public and private. Or so I imagined until an afternoon last week when, glancing up from my Harvest Bowl at Sweetgreen, I spotted through the window a young woman casually crossing Astor Place wearing a pair of cutoffs, some sandals and — it is fully legal to do this — naked above the waist.





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Re: Suddenly It’s Bare Season
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2021, 07:27:20 PM »
Less is better.   
For the past 15 years I have lived out of town.  Before that I sometimes went naked in the city, especially at night, but sometimes in the daytime.

One factor may be that almost all people are eyes glued to screens even more now than 20 years ago.   On most days you could walk naked through residential areas and nobody would notice -- except perhaps an occasional vehicle who probably would not bother stopping to harass anyone.   Even 20 years ago I often went naked in my back yard that had "overlooking" 2nd story windows and only a 4 foot high chain link fence for a border.  Nobody ever said anything about it. 
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Re: Suddenly It’s Bare Season
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2021, 11:23:42 PM »
I recall reading a couple of years back that, because of the proximity of city apartments and the general lack of privacy this brings, city dwellers (I think the item was specifically New York-related) have become diplomatically blind to their neighbours’ nudity, allowing for greater body freedom than might otherwise be expected. I can imagine that the enforced home-occupation of the pandemic can only have accentuated such a trend.
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Re: Suddenly It’s Bare Season
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2021, 06:23:20 AM »
Now that you mention that article...yea, it was NYC. That discussion was someplace here. I think that you, Peter S., might have introduced the article to us. There is trend setting there and in L.A.. I 'd like to see some influences as a positive from them.

Crossing country, we stopped in a few spots where textiles were getting away, tourists. Lake Michigan had thongs and camel toes. In the past that was more conservative. Colorado events were filled with less coverage and shorts that didn't fully cover the butt cheeks were seemingly required. Guys are just as covered, typical shorts and shirts.


Bob Knows: "On most days you could walk naked through residential areas and nobody would notice -- except perhaps an occasional vehicle who probably would not bother stopping to harass anyone." What town was that? Was it a typical suburban section? You just blatantly took a walk naked in the middle of the day? How often? I know that many neighborhoods are just sealed up with air-conditioning and having nobody having anything to do with each other. Kids at school and often both parents at work.
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Re: Suddenly It’s Bare Season
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2021, 09:15:33 AM »
BN has seen an increase in membership and there are more free range walks taking place. 27 turned up for  walk in my local area on Saturday. I think I may have been one of the first to go free range in the area. We've been welcomed by one house we pass close by and whilst dressed at the start of a solo walk have been asked if I'm one of the naturists. She was very supportive.

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Re: Suddenly It’s Bare Season
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2021, 04:25:51 AM »
Bob Knows: "On most days you could walk naked through residential areas and nobody would notice -- except perhaps an occasional vehicle who probably would not bother stopping to harass anyone." What town was that? Was it a typical suburban section? You just blatantly took a walk naked in the middle of the day? How often? I know that many neighborhoods are just sealed up with air-conditioning and having nobody having anything to do with each other. Kids at school and often both parents at work.
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My personal experience has been in Washington state and New Mexico/Albuquerque.   Most residential streets the people have eyes on one screen or another all the time.  Even kids walking home from school often have eyes on a screen.   People in cars are either driving, eyes on the road, or passengers with eyes on a screen.  I'm sure you know those screen people.  They really aren't paying attention most of the time. 
 
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Re: Suddenly It’s Bare Season
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2021, 04:28:47 AM »
BN has seen an increase in membership and there are more free range walks taking place. 27 turned up for  walk in my local area on Saturday. I think I may have been one of the first to go free range in the area. We've been welcomed by one house we pass close by and whilst dressed at the start of a solo walk have been asked if I'm one of the naturists. She was very supportive.

Davie    8)

Good for you being out naked.  Your experience with the supportive lady was similar to most of my own experience meeting textiles over several years. 
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Re: Suddenly It’s Bare Season
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2021, 06:44:40 PM »
It's all very well for you southerners with beautiful hot days and lovely warm nights.
Such freedoms don't exist to the same extent in wet and windy Britain.  Not because you couldn't be naked on the street - it's more that you wouldn't want to get wet and cold!!!  :o
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