The temperature hit 81 degrees the other day—at least according to my car’s thermometer. An even better gauge, however, was the amount of flesh exposed by strolling pedestrians. The folks meandering along, enjoying the noon day sun, were obviously more organized than I. They were able to go from fur-trimmed, hooded coats to the briefest of shorts, all on a moment’s notice. I, on the other hand, had to send a request form (in triplicate) down to the garage so that my “summer” clothes could be hauled out and up the stairs. I love the changing seasons but I do not love changing wardrobes to accommodate them. As I grumbled to myself, while sifting through boxes and zippered bags, I thought how nice it would be if I could always wear the faded, ratty old sweatshirt and patched, cotton, used-to-have-a-drawstring-but-it-broke-off-inside-the-waistband pants I had on. At the time I actually felt like I would if I could.
I came across a quote recently, which stated “Style is what you wear when no one’s watching.” Hmmm. One of my favorite characters in children’s literature is Fancy Nancy, who does for fashion what Junie B. Jones does for the English language; they display tremendous individual style. For some reason we think it’s cute to see a child in red fire fighter’s boots, a pink tutu and a bright yellow Daffy Duck tee shirt; an adult, no so much. At work we must be in office attire or at least business casual. At home we must be company ready. If you need some help finding your personal style, check out Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, At Any Age, For Any Occasion or The Truth About Style, by Stacy London, co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear.”
However, if clothing to you is simply elemental covering, needed because you have no fur, then what would you like to wear? Better still, if I set aside good manners and dropped in on you unexpectedly in the middle of the day, what “stylish” attire would you have on? Family friendly comments, please. (smile)