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Begins at age five...

March 24, 2017 · 1

Cee F. -  - Begins at age five...

In my nearly seven years of blogging, I have not only been on my own sartorial journey, but had the opportunity to follow many other people on theirs. Recently, I read a post from an online acquaintance (and I admit I’ve forgotten who, so if it was you, please tell me!) who said she was relieved to switch the focus of her blog away from personal style, as it meant she no longer felt obligated to try on different personas and was simply free to wear what she liked. I admit that I found this perspective fascinating, because it is diametrically opposed to my own. I remember vividly an awkward moment in ninth grade drama class when I confessed to my male partner in an improvisation exercise, a boy I barely knew, that I would willingly play any character, as long as it gave me a momentary reprieve from being myself. While my self-confidence level has increased significantly since my high school days and I am totally comfortable with who I am, I still love the act of dressing up, of inhabiting the clothes of someone else for a few hours and taking a walk through their story. What this means is that in a world of personal branding, my style still looks a bit unfocused – every social media treatise I read tells me that I need to tighten up what I do so that one look at any of my profiles makes it clear who I am. But the idea of that just seems so dull. Yes, my love of dressing up means I have a closet where ripped black jeans hang next to tulle dresses that hang next to leather jackets – but that’s exactly the way I like it. Some days, when it’s freezing cold and pouring rain, I still want to wear a skirt – case in point, these photos, taken early in our trip, on possibly the worst day of weather we’ve had so far. Other days, when the sun is blazing, I want to wear all black everything. I’m not the same every day, and so my clothes aren’t, either; all of the different personas that I try on are, in the end, a small part of who I am as a whole. For me, it’s like Kate Spade said, “Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.”

#zara #celine #aritzia #lechateau

  

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