Has fashion and our relationship to it, gotten too serious? I have been thinking a lot about this lately, and after some of the comments I have received, decided I would delve a bit into this topic, especially as we enter a holiday season of celebration. Many of us, myself included, and even some of the younger “serious fashion influencers” out there (so I’m not sure it’s an age thing), have been embracing a “uniform aesthetic”. This is for many reasons: 1) creating a succinct wardrobe hones one’s style, 2) a wardrobe that isn’t a revolving door of new purchases is better for the planet, and 3) it is far more cost effective. I’m behind it all the way. We need to be conscious consumers.
With all of that said, however, are you still having fun with what you wear? Or, have you whittled all the pleasure out of getting dressed? As with everything, I am a fan of moderation. While I lean in heavily to having a solid, timeless wardrobe, I also want some zing now and then. I want to dress up, even if no one else is, I want to feel feminine, or sexy, sometimes even a little “did-you-see-what-she-was-wearing?!” And I hope this desire to have fun with fashion doesn’t have an age limit. Why should it?
But having fun with getting dressed doesn’t have to translate into a lot of “stuff”. Our wardrobes today are vast compared to what people had 50 years ago. So I think it’s about carving out a small niche of special pieces and then having the chutzpah to wear them sometimes in place your standard go-tos. Practical most of the time? Sure, but a puritanical devotion to being on the straight-and-narrow at all times? I’m not having it. Sometimes it’s good just to enjoy something for the flush of whatever emotion it gives you and not feel guilty about it. Life’s too short. Celebration and dress have been intrinsically linked since the beginning of time. So I hope you find a reason to celebrate, throw more caution to the wind and find the joy in getting dressed!