Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Clothing is the outermost layer of yourself: the epi-epidermis. It is always functional but it is more fun when that functionality is hidden by the sheer joy of color or the sensual skin of texture. Fashion has always been personal for me. I have always shunned trends ( unless I could manipulate them and make them my own. Or even better, if I started the trend myself without even realizing it). There is such a tie between mood, confidence and deportment, with the attire you are encased in. It makes a world of difference in any situation to feel you are not just adequately dressed but actually perfectly dressed.
Like everyone else I guess, I adore the costuming on Mad Men. After season one I added several smart office dresses to my wardrobe. We kind of rely on separates more these days and we are missing out on the absolute pleasure of asking for help with your long dress zipper in back. Not to mention how deprived today's man is of helping with that task.
I have mentioned before my love of flea markets and thrift stores and of course this is where you can find the most divine, romantic, elegant pieces - there among the rubble. Even if you don't sew, or the repair work is outside your skill set, a good tailor will take up the challenge with interest. I had the lining replaced on an antique silk velvet jacket and the expert tailor I go to was very perplexed by the construction but her wheels were turning and her eyes were focused and I could see she was eager to attack the project. It is such a special piece. Only a couture house would use silk velvet at this point in time and I have my very unique jacket with lining that I picked myself.
Fashion is fun. That's all there is to it. It doesn't have to be costly and shouldn't be "what all the other kids are wearing". It's a daily form of artistic expression. It can be fleeting or timeless or classic or nouveau... whatever you choose on any given day make sure it's you and you will light up the room when you walk in. ( Don't forget to coordinate your hair and make up !)
PS These photos are all sets from my polyvore collection (cyntillate) but I was having a terrible time getting them to post properly here on my blog. I 'm afraid now they are even a little fuzzy. Apologies.