Thursday, May 10, 2007

The necessity of a costly signal

As the rest of women’s bodies recede in spring fashions, the clavicles, or collarbones, and the upper chest between them, is rising to prominence. Toned shoppers who want to show off their self-discipline in the face of dessert are choosing dresses with a low, but not plunging neckline, a look that is transforming the area above the breasts into an unlikely new subject for women to obsess over...

Why the new emphasis on a body part most women — and more men — have paid little attention to in the past? ...

...Prominent clavicles can be a signifier of skinniness. Sharply outlined collarbones say “Don’t let this tent dress fool you: Underneath it all, this girl can fit into a sample size.”

It is also an area whose prominence is unlikely to be enhanced surgically (at least for now).
--Kara Jesella, NYT, on the continued search for costly separating signals of quality

1 comment:

Sophist said...

In this article, practically every quote there from a celebrity magazine or a blogger or other observer pronounces the heinousness of "too much clavicle," but every woman who possesses this characteristic seems pleased as pie with them!