Turning Point by Beth Irvine
When choosing what to wear, what guides your choice?
When your tastes have been influenced by the rise and fall of fashion over the decades, there really is nothing new under the sun. The parade of fashions marches in a regular sort of way and details pass in review over and again, as if the parade were rotating endlessly around an oval promenade.
In spite of that, fashion, viewed through the distance of time, always manages to offer a breakdown that reveals the characteristic peculiarities of each era. This decade skims over the colour palette with amazing rapidity and offers us style cuts that range from simple and sleek to flowing and ruffled. There is something to flatter nearly every figure type and hue preference. So, when it comes down to it, how do you decide?
A friend’s daughter wouldn’t be seen with her mother because the floral print in her mother’s top (not shirt nor blouse, mind you) was too old-fashioned. I can distinguish a 1960 floral from a 2010 print but, to my eye, they are both floral prints. The daughter would disagree with me because her tastes are honed by seeking out what is new in what she sees. She hasn’t seen the parade of fashion revolve under her scrutiny for even a second time yet, so her vision is keen and discerning. The mother, wanting her daughter to accompany her from time to time, yielded to the dictates of the current chic. After all, didn’t we all have mothers who refused to be seen with us in certain get-ups? Fair is fair!
Does fashion guide your choice? What makes fashion fun for those who enjoy following it is the number of different aspects it encompasses. “In style” is not based simply on the kinds of flowers in a print, but also on which parts of the body a garment covers up and which and how much it exposes, the type of footwear worn with it, the hair (colour, cut, style), the jewelry, handbags and other accessories. When you think about it, this means a lot of work—not to mention expense! The question must be asked: is it worth it? When you take it all into consideration, the chances of lining up a stylish outfit are about as likely as Aughra's orrery revealing a Great Conjunction in our lifetime.
For my part, it seems more effort than I’m willing to spend. I’m more likely to consider whether it’s clean, if it fits or if it’s stain resistant. Recognizing what is “in style” is like reading a secret code. Those who crack it can glory in their superiority for the span of a fashion moment. Black is always serviceable. Crocs are waterproof and come in many colours. And nothing says comfort like a pair of jeans and a hoodie. Maybe these are the characteristic peculiarities of our era and, in 2050, folks will look back and exclaim over what funny things people used to wear!