lördagen den 26:e januari 2013
The power of clothes fascinates me. Our personality may very well be what counts but at the end of the day, one can never deny the power of how we look. Mark Twain once stated, "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on the society." Fashionista or not - what you wear speaks of who you are - or who you want to be. Someone's appereance is the first thing you notice about that person and non-depending on what you are wearing at this particular moment, your clothes speak. Our appearance matters. That's a fact.
You may not give a darn about what's being shown on the catwalk or what the person next to you is wearing, but at some point, you have taken the decision to buy a particular piece of clothing. And this morning (evening/night) you decided to wear it. More importantly, you decided to wear it with something else - a highly loved pair of shoes, a particular pair of trousers, jeans, a skirt. We sum of all our parts - including our clothes. A white t-shirt worn with a pair of blue jeans speaks a whole other story than a white t-shirt together with a pair of classic suit trousers. Getting dressed is like a never-ending puzzle.
"...an individual with greater awareness of her clothes understands her social status in another way than she who does not stop and reflect upon the choices she/he is taking." - The Metamorphosis of Fashion, M. Petersson McIntyre.
Clothes does not only change the way we look like - it contributes to our whole persona. Wearing clothes that you are comfortable in gives you strenght - wearing something that does not feel right, will most likely create the opposite effect. Think of the central role of clothes in movies: how the transformation of the hero/-ine is based on his/her appearance: the duck becomes the swan by taking her glasses off, fixing her hair, putting her in a beautiful dress and changing her sneakers into a pair of sparkling heels. From poor to rich, from boring to fun, from ugly to beautiful.