This past weekend I did the changeover of my wardrobes – goodbye boring summer wardrobe, hello exciting winter clothes! It’s like the holidays for me twice a year: I’d forgotten so many of the clothes kept in those Space Bags under the bed! Wow! It’s like a shopping spree without the price tag!
As I was pulling out the clothes, I realized that so many of them came with a different persona. That was my “First Interview look” and “dancer in trainer look” and “old married lady flannel pajamas”. Each of these – and many others – were essentially costumes and roles that I would put on from time to time, much like the bag of Halloween costumes sitting next to them.I use this time of year to sort through my clothes, both wardrobes. I try everything on. My rule for keeping things is that they must fit and be flattering, otherwise they are out. Okay, it’s more of a guideline than a rule. There are a few pieces that I may or may not fit into by the next go round, and I keep them out of hope and nostalgia. They too were costumes – of a past me, of wonderful memories, of people I love that aren’t with us any more.
All of this was going through my head as I picked up the latest edition of Woman’s Day (one of my guilty pleasures). Guess what one of the stories was about? “Costume Change – Halloween isn’t the only time of year that calls for a little transformation.” Heather Lende describes how throughout her life she has slipped on different outfits that helped her become the person needed for the situation. It is incredibly well-written and worth the read. [Unfortunately since it is the latest episode, it’s not available on their website yet. I will update this post when it does.]
This is one of my favorite traditions – along with making pumpkin puree and writing Holiday cards. As the months of wearing the same clothes over and over again make them lose their shine, it’s amazing how a few months’ absence can restore them to their former glory. Instead of having the “I have nothing to wear” feeling I did just before I did the switch over last spring, I now slide open the closet doors looking forward to all the “new” clothes I get to choose from … and roles I get to play.
What outfits do you have that give you the courage to tackle certain situations? What traditions are you looking forward to this Fall?