I needed a little lift the other day, so I put on a special top.
Wearing something pretty or fun really does improve my mood. I am very curious to know whether this resonates with other people.
If it does, it begs the question: Why not wear something pretty or fun every day?
Which leads us down a philosophical rabbit hole: Can one wear something pretty or fun every day? Or are “pretty” and “fun” — in this context — relative states, meaning that one only gets a lift from wearing something prettier or more fun than usual?
These meanderings lead to the most fundamental question, which is: How do things that are neither pretty nor fun make it into one’s closet in first place? Necessity? Confusion?
Now may be an excellent time for a closet review. To get rid of the things you bought when desperate or confused.
Some of you may recognize the shape of this Comme des Garcons top. I have it in two fabrics: a plain white twill (previously seen here and here) and this heavy lace.
I felt that the waist, despite being seamed, needed a little extra definition, so I added skinny belt.
Yes, that is the finishing touch.
The different fabrics change the look of the top.
The plain white version looks more architectural. The simple fabric highlights the exaggerated sleeves,which are supported by interior welting along the seam circling the shoulder.
The lace version looks more feminine and romantic, almost like a period piece. The lace itself, however, is large patterned and stiff,creating a graphic effect that reads modern.
Here is the exaggerated sleeve up close.
I could fit two arms, possibly three, through it. Don’t try to imagine that; it’s a gross idea.
If you are feeling a little down and even a pretty or fun top is not propping you up today, I’ll give you something else. A secret.
Are you ready? Or as the MLB promos for the World Series in 2018 asked, “Is you ready?”*
Around the house, I wear flip-flops. With socks.
That might not seem like such a deep, dark secret. People wear slippers and slides around the house. There’s no shame in that. Here’s the secret part.
First, the flip-flops must be black platform flip-flops and the socks must be white. I am very particular about this.
Second, I think they look good.
My friends have been laughing about this for years.
Top: Comme de Garcons from The RealReal; Pants: Banana Republic; Shoes and Belt: JCrew
* I have been asking The Photographer, “Is you ready?” ever since. Was I ready in 2018? You bet! The Red Sox won the World Series. But I did wonder what my grandfather — a committed Red Sox fan who never saw the team win a World Series as an adult– would have made of those promotionals.