Sunja Link palm print dress | gift from Seven Sisters to review
Just something I’m thinking about today.
I returned last night from a quick trip to see my dad for his birthday over the weekend, and am just trying to get back to work/routine at home now. For me, that means doing all the laundry, putting everything away, replenishing food, and since I left the charger for my computer at my dad’s I have to run out to Best Buy as soon as it opens to replace it.
But I was thinking during all of this (as I was unpacking my bag, noticing how many things I brought with me I didn’t wear), and listening to an American Fashion Podcast on the plane yesterday, what role do I want my clothes to play? What do I want them to DO for me? One of the designers on the podcast has designed “costumes” for Katy Perry, and she herself dresses very girly and feminine, in dresses, skirts, and lots of color. She wants her clothes to be “fun” AND work for her lifestyle. Which made me wonder…
I don’t think I’ve ever wanted my clothes to be fun. I’ve bought pieces in the past that were somewhat colorful, but “fun” has never been a priority for me in terms of my clothes. Maybe when I was much younger, I wanted to look “interesting” within certain confines: not too flashy, or colorful, and always very “neat.” Now, I want practicality, and a sense of ease, most of all. I want my clothes to say to the world outside that I have everything together, that I’m comfortable and aligned, chic, and simple, and sometimes interesting. All while I might be screaming inside that I’m overwhelmed, or unsure, or worried.
I sometimes treat my clothing as my armor, as if it will shield me from difficulties of life, and the outside world. Of course it can’t, and I certainly don’t do that as often as I have in the past, but I still fall into that trap; I think, if I just had THIS bag, or THESE shoes, or THAT dress, then everything will come together.
What I want most of all is to throw something on I can LIVE in. Do everything in, be myself in. Right now, as I go to run errands and replace my charger, I’m wearing my Birkenstock Arizona sandals, Rag & Bone Capri jeans & Elizabeth Suzann linen tunic. And at my dad’s I basically lived in my Emerson Fry organic caftan from last year over my Hackwith Design House bikini, and for going out, I wore the Sunja Link dress you see in the image. I wore it at home for a bit before we all went to Shake Shack for my dad’s birthday dinner, where I played foosball with my niece (and managed to win, twice!).
I actually consider this dress “fun;” It has a lovely print, although it is black and white, and an unconventional shape. It commands attention (sometimes negative), and makes me smile. So, maybe I do want my clothes to be fun. Fun, according to my own definition, obviously LOL.
Like it or not, I care very deeply about what I wear all of the time. I rather like it, honestly, because as I know now, after a lot of thinking and writing about my wardrobe, that I am most comfortable, and most myself, when I am wearing just the right thing. I have a closet full of just the right things now, things I can “throw” on and feel myself in, and that has been worth all the work.
What role do your clothes play in your life? What do you want them to do for you?