A series of pictures, emotions, stories and sights picked out before you and used as shelter…It is the material we throw on our backs everyday and it is the look we choose for ourselves with no restrictions.
Fashion can be anything you want it to be. Remember the scene from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and Miranda Priestly explains to her new assistant (Anne Hathaway) that even though you choose to wear that hideous sweater with that XXL skirt, doesn't portray what you think it does. That sweater once was of fine quality, worn by the famous and sold as designer. And there was no way that garment would ever end up on someone like her.
Miranda goes on to say “You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin”.
And she’s right, even if the weather is masked with grey and the streets are soaking wet, the fashion should never fade. If you have a break up or a lazy start to the day and find the ugliest, easiest, most convenient pair of $2 pants you find, doesn't mean you don’t care, it just means that you haven’t ever looked past boring. It just means you've never cared enough about yourself to look your best.
Right at the end Miranda goes on to say “However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff”.
If one thing is for certain in this day-en-age fashion is endless, it never stops or hides away and it never confines itself to one thing. Look at all there is to offer and realise that how you feel and what you think reflects on your clothes. The minute you decide that fashion is more than just a social stigma or a high paying luxury you will never have, is going to allow you more freedom in yourself.
So this weekend go out with the shabby jeans you've had since last Christmas and that sweater you've always worn because you’re feeling washed out and go shopping!! Walk into the shopping malls or your local retail stores and let the staff help you find what it is that will; in an instant, change the way you felt the moment you left the house.
Beautiful words by Kate Pearson.