The Hemline Index Is a Myth. So Why Won't It Go Away?

The Hemline Index — the notion that hemlines rise during economic upswings, and head towards the floor in downturns — is still kicking around. And for no good reason, frankly, because it's an unreliable indicator of anything beyond fickle fashion trends. And yet it persists, year after year, season after season. What… » 2/23/12 1:20pm 2/23/12 1:20pm

The Beer Index: Or, You Know It's A Recession When...

Hemline indexes are so last year — you know, the old saw that the economy rises and falls with skirt length —especially since fashion designers apparently don't read the papers » 10/20/08 3:30pm 10/20/08 3:30pm. So without measuring ladies' dresses, how the hell are we supposed to tell what's going on with the economy?! Luckily for you, the Sunday…