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The Guardian

Grin and bare it: the rise of the intentional wardrobe malfunction

By Priya Elan

After dressing for comfort during the pandemic, why are we seeing more flesh-revealing clothes?

After dressing in sweatpants for most of 2020, the return to dressing up, the so called Roaring 20s, is not only about a desire to peacock but also to show off occasionally random bits of flesh. Welcome to the age of the intentional wardrobe malfunction.

“We’ve spent the last 18 months focusing on safety, health and wellbeing. However, this appears to be a watershed moment in which all that pent-up sexual tension is about to explode,” says Prof Andrew Groves. “These displays of flesh around the groin, buttocks or breasts are indicative of that.”


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