If you’ve known me for over 18 years, you’d know that I used to be very vanilla. Perhaps not to people who really knew me well, but for the most part I kept my spunk under wraps. At 5’9″ and curvy, I had good reason (so I thought) not to draw further attention to myself. Silly. My kids would like to remind me that I now measure 5’8″ (due to faulty tape measurer I’m sure!) and I’m still curvy but I long ago ditched my past wardrobe of everything neutral for things that are more me. The kids dad helped me do this (geez, when he reads this he’ll never let me live it down!!) and I’ve been grateful. Not just for encouraging me to bring color in my life, but to capitalize on my own personal spunkyness as well. Fortunately, since my kids have grown up surrounded by style and perhaps a bit of attitude, they’ve never seemed apprehensive about speaking their minds through fashion.
I do still adhere to the age old rule of having staples in your closet. Black, white, brown, blah, blah, blah…. They are the building blocks of creating something special and unique but (in my opinion) should be used as just that – foundation. The joke in my family is that in my vanilla life I used lots of different colors: Off white, beige, ecru, mother of pearl, soft brown, cream, etc…. Now sometimes my kids roll their eyes and ask if I’m having a “flashdance moment” or if I’m seriously wearing that. What they don’t realize is that for years I wanted them to wear a pin that said, “Today I dressed myself” which would serve 2 purposes. One it would make them feel proud of themselves. Two it would alert everyone that I had nothing to do with they’re outfit of choice. So perhaps in my frenzy of continuing to find myself through fashion, I too could don the pin. Mix it up, have fun, be you, get creative, ask opinions, feel good about yourself. Rock it!!