Wednesday, December 7, 2016
While I may be your friend and therefore you want to uplift me with kindness, let's not kid. If you're reading this, you find something about me that is like you, someone who still pages through May 2012 magazines in their gynecologist's office to check if bump toe boots are still in. So let's reframe the question:
Am I in fashion for this season in America.
By this season, I mean Trumpocalypse*.
I don't just want to survive the next four years of a Trump presidency, I want to thrive. And that means hunkering down with what I'll need: purpose, community, solidarity. Needing to see who's with me and me calling back to you in a nod from my water resistant warm yet multi purpose scarf. My fashion choices will now say to you, you are beautiful and yeah I see you over there with your straight back, reminding yourself to breathe breathe breathe.
I'll say it without the Tshirt:
It's not over yet.
#Resist (although I'm not scratching off the #Resist Tshirt idea. I like it)
I will look like the ever prepared Girl Scout, only older and more awesome. I will be the one dressing in the words until I begin to believe them: It's not meaningless, it's not too late, you won't stay in bed forever.
The call out of my efficient use of corduroy. The sturdy nod of my canvas black jeans. The boots with a heel, square and durable, that mean business. A belt that is not military grade weave is no belt at all. This Trump age is going to be polarized politics. There is no way we can deny what we hear and see. Ya can't gaslight me is what I'm saying. Some are dressing in flower-splashed celebration. I'm going ready-for-action wear.
I used to know that patterns could be repeated when you hinted at them in another accessory.
I followed hem line lengths and could spot a two season out of date toe style from across the street. I could discern a $15 dry bar blowout from a $300 keratin treatment. Now, it's what are you up for that will have my eyes following you as you pass me on the street. I will recognize you without knowing you.
-Can you do with a sensible heel you found at a thrift store?
-Are you able to smooth dry your hair on your own and be fine on the days that the frizz is your only option?
-Can another household members socks pinch hit when you have to evacuate within seconds?
If so, you're my people.
So, continue on with your fashion choices, whether in style or in preparedness. But make it easy for me and others: identify yourself so I can find you.
Your corduroy pants and unisex V-necks will be the SOS I'll pick up.
See, I have no worries, because in this new age of Trump, we're finding that good-to-go is the only Vogue we need.
Who would have guessed, it turns out I've been using fashion wrong my entire life.
*Entire wardrobe above from local Goodwill: truth.
*trumpocalypse: lifted from a PM with my friend, Vikki Reich.