Photo: One of the two falling models from the Herve Leger show.
Skirts will get longer. Hereâ€™s a piece of Wall Street folk wisdom: There is a rough correlation between bull markets and bare knees. During boom times, skirts get shorter. In these bearish times, prepare for hemlines to head south. Somewhat in relation, weâ€™ll see something else go north: the age and weight of Playboy centerfolds. Evolutionary biology encourages people to seek â€œmore matureâ€ mates during times of economic insecurity, argue Terry F. Pettijohn and Brian J. Jungeberg in one of the more interesting studies published recently in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. To support their claim, the researchers showed that during recessions, centerfolds get older and, well, rounder. Similar studies have confirmed an identical trend in movie comediesâ€”male and female leads get older during recessions.
In Foreign Policy: The Long Legs of the Crash: 13 Unexpected Consequences of the Financial Crisis by Daniel W. Drezner