IT'S FASCINATING TO ME WHY WE DRESS LIKE WE DO. Pam, at OverFiftyFeelingForty, has started a series of posts that contemplate everyone's unique Foundational Five. Basically, it's what 5 criteria must an item meet before you purchase it. What I really like about this is that most of her 5 criteria are based on feelings. Does it make her feel strong? Does it make her feel classy? Brilliant! After all, I know I keep saying this, but isn't that a major requirement for our clothes?
When I was in the Army, I felt fierce in my uniform....a real Bad "A"! My combat boots, my starched uniform, everything "dress right dress". I imagine that's the way I was SUPPOSED to feel, I mean, I needed to be ready to go to war for my country. Part of the role that uniform played was making me associate with being a part of something bigger than myself; so that if the time came for me to have to defend my fellow soldiers, I wouldn't hesitate. Think about it, when a boxer goes to the ring, doesn't he come in in his robe that boasts his ferocious moniker; shadow boxing and shuffling? His whole "uniform" feeds into this and prepares him for the fight. Think football players, baseball players, policemen, waiters, the Amish!.....all these uniforms create a feeling for the wearer and an image for the observer.
It's the same with our clothes. Like it or not we send a message with our clothes: to ourselves AND to others. A short skirt, a low cut top? We're likely to feel quite the vixen! And it's no surprise when the double takes from men come our way. Dressed in a longer skirt or baggy pants? Guess what! We're not so much viewed as an object of sexual desire.
In the outfit pictured above, I felt like what I imagine Lucy felt when she went for a day of shopping with Ethel...just a girly girl in her flirty skirt! The pink, the pleating, the wedge heel....aahhhhhhhh......I felt like such a LADY! I love that feeling! That simply HAS to be one of my Foundational Five, because it's something I keep coming back to. Coming soon: My Foundational Five. And if you decide to share your Foundational Five on your blog, please let me know....again, it's intriguing to discover why we dress like we do! Happy Wednesday!