I remember as a kid the only thing I knew about fashion was that you couldn’t wear white after labor day. It was a constant, like the pools closing. So it’s strange that on this first year I have become interested in fashion, that old rule has been broken.
The tough part is that the general public is at least 2 years behind in fashion. So when I am perfectly in style and actually looking really good, the people around me will look down on me for breaking this sacred fashion rule. You have to have a good sense of confidence to wear white past labor day, in rural Virginia at least.
I wore white jeans, an ivory blouse, and snakeprint open toed shoes on a shopping trip last weekend. When I left the house, I felt great. I looked good and I was proud of my new-found fashion sense.
My son always thinks I look good. Or at least he says, “You just look my mom.” My friend who went shopping with us doesn’t care too much about fashion. I had told her it’s cool to wear white after labor day, so I think she understood it. She might not have been convinced, but she didn’t say anything.
My real self doubt started when we entered the”Spirit” Halloween tent in the parking lot of our local mall. The tent was dark, though, and people were focused on the costumes and the decorations.
Anxiety kicked in when we walked into Belk. I was now in public, in bright lights and in a fairly nice store. I was soon regretting my clothing choice. i could hear Stacey London’s voice in my head, admoninshing me to hem my pants before I go out in public. I wondered what she would say about my wrinkled jeans? What are you supposed to do about that anyway?
One of my big objectives for the day was getting fitted for a bra at Victoria’s Secret. I’ve been wearing Wal-Mart and dollar Store brands of bras for almost 20 years now. Once in a while I happened to be in a size where those bras would fit. It really is great when that happens! But I’m fairly small around my chest, with a bigger cup size than is common for my frame. So the normal sizes usually don’t work. And in the past week I had realized that my shirts would really look better if I had a decent bra.
As happy as I was to be getting fitted at Victoria’s Secret, I hated seeing myself in the fitting room mirrors.Standing there, I thought my outfit looked like summer outfit. It seemed that something was missing. I think a sweater, or the faux fur vest I have, or even a scarf, would have made it better.
My jeans were wrinkled and looked awful, and the rolled up cuffs made them look so much worse. And my shape made all my clothes look worse. At that moment, I realized that I looked like a fat person in pretty clothes. And I hated it.
In 2012-2013, you can wear white whenever you want. But how you wear it will make all the difference. It’s important to make sure every part of your outfit fits you properly. You might not feel great about your size. But great clothes will make you feel better. They might even make you feel as pretty as you really are!