As any high school student will tell you, your fashion is very important when it comes to what others think of you. Now maybe that isn’t the way it should be, but the idea that, “the clothes make the man,” (or woman, in our case) is simply, quite often, the truth. We don’t like to think that we are remembered by what we wear, but our fashion style can be something that sticks in people’s minds. So what are we to do? Clothing, and how we wear it, is a chance to capture every moment and turn it into a celebration of life and fashion. It is our opportunity to invite attention and make a mark on people’s memories. And it is our chance to leave a lasting impression on everyone from the president of our firm to our neighbor who lives down the block.
While we all know those people who live in black from Monday to Sunday, we definitely remember the woman in the sequined blue shoes, or the guy who picks us up for a first date in a pink dress shirt! Though they might not be nominated for US Weekly’s Best Dressed list, they are unforgettable in the same way. Surely the best example of clothing being a very important part of the equation is the billion-dollar wedding industry. Probably nothing is more important than the bridal gown. (Well, except for the happy couple, of course!) The dress every woman has dreamed of since she was a little girl. Not to mention the bridesmaids’ gowns and the flower girl’s dress. Even the tuxes become a crash course in men’s fashion. All of the fabulous styles and colors to choose from. Don’t be afraid to bring out your own personal sense of style.
And surely there are other life events we celebrate with clothing: our prom, first dates, job interviews, and New Year’s Eve parties. How often have you looked back at old pictures, and the first thing we notice is the styles of the day – Uncle Sal’s mint green leisure suit from the ‘70’s or your own cowboy boots and gauchos from 1985. Clothing marks more than generations and styles, it marks our lives and special times. It speaks about ideals, aspirations, and a way of life in a particular point in time.
So why don’t we mark everyday occasions with the same planning and joy? And how do we create that atmosphere of “special” times? How do we sew those moments into the fabric of our lives? Why not mark every occasion – even a Saturday matinee with a fun pair of shoes or even a second-hand scarf. Why not mark our everyday life with as many precious moments and mint green leisure suites whenever possible? Well maybe not the green leisure suit but maybe a pair of green pumps with a matching tote.
Take a daring plus size fashion risk and start off the New Year with bright silk ribbons and blue checkered socks. Make this a day to look back on and remember!
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