This post is inspired by a comment that I received from a dear friend last week in response to The Appropriate Trap. Her name is Hallie and she and I were very good friends many years ago back in our days of singledom. Marriage, kids, careers, moving, and life in general separated us long ago, but with the power of social media we have remained connected. I think of Hallie often as she always inspired me creatively especially with regard to fashion. (She and I also have 2 matching tattoos which tends to keep her close to my heart as well.)
Hallie posted this comment last week on my Facebook page and it moved me so much that I have to share it with you all…
“That’s my girl! People should wear what makes them feel fabulous at whatever age they are. I’ve never seen a tag on a garment stating this article of clothing can only be worn by women between the ages of… If we listened to that rule the world would be missing out on the likes of Betsy Johnson, Isabella Blow, Iris Apfel, and the list goes on. Fashion is art, art is fashion. BE YOUR OWN ART!“
Isn’t this a brilliant statement on knocking down the entire concept of age-appropriate clothing? In fact, this knocks down any sentiments of appropriate anything. Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb also just tackled this issue in her Saturday post Why is the Way We Look to OTHERS More Important Than How We FEEL We Look? Catherine poses a fantastic question on the general concept of appropriateness…
My feelings are this (and they reflect the same as Catherine’s and Hallie’s)…
So whether that dress is the wrong shape, that color washes you out, those jeans are too long, that skirt is too short, or that sweater is too young, if you feel great wearing it, then wear it! But wear it with confidence and wear it with a smile. And if you are met with a derogatory comment, flip them off, flip your hair, and walk away…just make sure you’ve got your strut on!
And as my friend Hallie says, BE YOUR OWN ART, my friends. Always be your own art!
*Gratitude and You Got This bracelets: MantraBand.
*Happiness bracelet: c/o Happiness Boutique.
*Rediscover Your Edge and On the Edge bracelets: custom made by Morgia Designs.
How do you express your artistic side? And how are you breaking through that dreadful appropriate trap?
Keeping it on the edge,
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