Who says that these figures are not elegant. In their world of star wars they were the latest trend and why, because they were all dressed the same. They had to wear protective clothing. No-one had to be ashamed that they were out of place, they melted in with the others, which is what we all basically want.
Ok, we do not walk around looking like Darth Vader from starwars, but if you went shopping with high heels, a tailored costume and perhaps a fur coat on top of it all when in Winter, you definitely would be noticed. People might even have a quiet giggle behind your back, unless you were attending a wedding. Even on party invitations today there is often the little sentence at the end “casual clothing required” which leaves many open questions. It means that the men do not reqired a tie and the ladies can dress in comfortable trousers,with a blouse or a t-shirt in modern design. If the weather is not so warm, then you can even wear a hoodie. Just make sure that the basics are in black, or something that matches the blue jeans you are wearing.
When you venture into the street dressed in blue jeans, a zip up quilted jacket preferably in black and of course sneakers on your feet you will not be laughed at, you will melt in with the crowd and that is basically what most of us want. The fur coat has been replaced by the quilted jackets, they are warm and comfortable.
Being a golden oldie I never really go anywhere that requires elegance. I go to supermarkets and we all dress the same. Trousers, jacket, sneakers or perhaps boots in Winter. Elegance for me does not come into the question, but comfort. A big plus in summer is the loose fitting dress. The one that does not have a waistline, but floats in the fresh air, as colourful as possile. You might look a little overweight, but why hide it, you are overweight.
I no longer want elegance, I just want to fit in with the crowd, which eveyone else also seems to be doing. The days of George Orwell have now arrived. Dress as the others do, and you will not be noticed and who wants to be noticed. Of course if you happen to be wearing designer jeans or a t-shirt it does help. For that you will be admired. Even daily appearances have their touch of elegance when people notice that you have not bought the t-shirt in a special offer in the local store.