In the last chapter of Girls Gone Mild, I explore the problem of female social aggression. Unmentioned is a quote I only recently came across, from an interesting book, What You Wear Can Change Your Life. Apparently, opportunities for backstabbing abound, even in the most unlikely, fashionable places. You see, a bracelet can be a “great present,” write BBC fashion experts Trinny and Susannah, especially for “someone you loathe, but are obliged to give to, like a hateful sister-in-law.”
How so? After going into great detail about how delicate bracelets are simply “lost” on women with larger bone structures, while conversely, a heavier bracelet can make someone with smaller bone structure “look chubby,” our fashion mavens simply instruct us to “just buy... the wrong shape” for the women you hate: “She will be delighted. The subtlety of its inappropriateness will be lost on her.”
It’s funny, but there’s also a real undercurrent of menace here. Why put so much energy into the destruction of someone else? If you’re going to the trouble of getting someone a present anyway, why not simply get them something nice?