This isn’t exactly a fashion tip post – it’s more of a “giving you permission” type thing.
I know we all have many things going in our lives. I know there are many challenging and difficult things happening in the world. Because of this (because it’s always true), I used to think “fashion” wasn’t worth my time or energy.
I was definitely not getting dressed on purpose.
But I realized that by not establishing who I am, I was checking out. I was not fully participating in the world. I was holding a point of view that caused me to judge others who did get dressed on purpose. And I realized, that’s just not OK with me.
Talking about what we wear and how we put ourselves together can be easily trivialized by referring to it as “fashion” and putting it into some obscure category. But to do that is to do ourselves a disservice. Participating and interacting with “fashion” and with the products that clothing designers and artists put into our popular culture allows us to be part of what is happening right now, of embracing this moment. Choosing to dress in a certain way allows us to express what we are feeling on the inside, on the outside — and in a way that we might not have the opportunity to with language. Getting dressed on purpose allows us to have that first interaction with new people in our lives without saying a word.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
― Coco Chanel
“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.”
― Betsey Johnson
“Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one’s own, it is always 20 times better.” ― Margaret Oliphant
The key is to use what’s “in fashion” and adapt it to your personal style. But if you never established your personal style, you will feel lost in the attempt to bring what’s “in fashion” into your life.
So, is it OK to care about fashion? Yeah, it is. Just as much as it is OK to care about yourself.
And with that I give you my look of the day. Not everyone digs dresses over skinny jeans, but I sure do!