Today’s delightful prompt from Kat McNally’s August Moon challenge is: What’s hiding in your closet?
Too many shoes, lots of hats, some never-exactly-perfect bags, all crammed into an awkwardly designed closet in my eccentric old house. And then there are the clothes. And as Kat also asks “If all clothing is a costume, what sorts of personas can you see?”
I’ve worked from the sanctity of my home for a number of years now, and I have no need for a professional wardrobe. And I’m so big-group phobic that I hardly need any party clothes because I’d rather poke my eye with a stick than mingle at gatherings that cause me to hyperventilate with anxiety.
Truth is I almost never wear anything except jeans or leggings and tunic tops. Plus my armful of bangles with poetry written on them, and whatever other pieces of talismanic jewelry that calls me in the moment.
One of my favorite clothing treasures is an ancient piece by designer Jennifer Barclay when she was doing her Bluefish clothing line. It’s what I consider to be the perfect artist smock top with a number of huge and oh-so-handy pockets. All the clothing in this line was hand printed so it’s covered with now-faded but once glorious artistic renderings along with one of their infamous inspirational quotation patches. I could literally live in this piece of clothing for the rest of my life as it delights me so much.
What I’d really like is to find a seamstress who could make a pattern from my worn-to-bare threads piece and then create an entire new collection for me out of various wonderful textiles. I can as easily see this done in silk as I can in some fabulous Spoonflower fabrics. The thought of this makes me dance in delight.
Given that I can’t wear my fave piece 24/7 particularly since it’s truly past its prime by about a zillion years, I wear a lot of Indian and Swedish clothing – bright colors and patterns. As much as possible I’m interested in having the things I wear be fair trade, created under fair labor practices, with ecological awareness, and have an artist connection. Given that I’m a woman of substance this isn’t as easy as one might wish and so I tend to shop from particular lines/companies.
While no one could with a straight face label me a fashionista, there IS something utterly fascinating to me about the way we each choose to adorn ourselves. It makes me a bit sad that some of the things I really love aren’t available to me because of my size, especially because I think we all should be able to dress exactly how we please without exception. I feel such curiosity about how we reached a place in our cultures where clothing rules and beauty ideals place such rigid restrictions and limitations on how we feel about ourselves and how willing we are to self-express through one of the most logical ways available to us.
The one thing I regret not having in my closet is a selection of actual costumes. Because really, how fabulous would that be?! I’d most certainly have a bee costume, an elephant costume, various birds; along with a tree costume and who knows what else. There would likely be cat’s pajamas as well.
But while we’re poking around in our closets, tell me about yours. What does your closet say about you? Do you have a favorite piece of clothing? Are you a fashionista? Do tell – you know I love to hear.