In a recession there is the temptation to stop buying clothes, and at first this can be superficially soothing, for the soul can sicken on consumerism, shopping and spending. There is a mother lode of comfort in making your own soups at home instead of going out to a mediocre restaurant to pick over the lukewarm starter slapped on a table by a waiter who is adding up in his head how much he's going to make in tips. With fewer occasions to go out, who needs to dress up anyway? The simpler life of jeans and T-shirt can seem a radical new approach to living, the clothing equivalent of moving out of the city to the country. - Linda Grant
I'm re-reading The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter by Linda Grant. Every time I read it, I'm struck by the quote above perhaps because jeans and a t-shirt are NOT a radical new approach for me, they are the norm I'm attempting to change. A radical new approach would be to abandon jeans in favour of something else, or at least to abandon them more often than I presently do. But then again. Maybe not.
In response to young contestants on a modeling show who were attempting to dress sexy without truly understanding what sexy is, Linda quotes Simon Doonan as saying - All over America, people are making kamikaze choices about what to wear. They are misrepresenting the goods. They are letting their clothes write checks that their personalities cannot cash. What if...
... the radical new approach - for me - was actually to embrace jeans and a t-shirt in a great BIG all encompassing hug and instead have polka dot jeans and pink jeans and paisley jeans and all kinds of jeans, a whole collection of fun and flirty, looks like Myrna, jeans.
I LOVE IT! With t-shirts and jewelry to up the fun ante, what an enticing thought.
The mind races. What about hand painted jeans? Or a skirt. I'd take a hand painted skirt. I wear them quite often in summer.
In a recent posting - What Is Style? - Ari Seth Cohen wrote: Style means something different to each person who gets up in the morning and
decides how they are going to look. While some may consider it a means of
celebrating the self, a fight against invisibility, or an act of creative
expression, others may simply get dressed without putting much thought into it.
Motivation aside, for the people I photograph, style is a reflection and example
of the care, passion, and energy that they invest and express in their daily
I'm so thankful that I sew, that I can keep working toward writing a check that represents the true me, and invest my energy in expressing myself daily. YES YES.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - I can sew. I can sew jeans. I can sew fun, flirty, Myrna jeans.
P.S. - click on the picture to visit the jeans at Anthropologie.com