Mary Jo Brown: Styles for all seasons
With the changing weather we have been experiencing, it is hard to decide what to wear since a person doesn’t know if its going to rain, snow, be windy or sunny. I realize that I don’t really need as much to get ready for the day as I used to. Makeup, jewelry and fancy clothes are not a necessity for me now; it’s more of a matter of attitude.
We all know what we consider to be style when we see it. Movie stars used to be seen for being stylish, though they each had their own way of showing it. The style was tasteful and elegant, and it showed a certain amount of self-definition, intelligence and wit, rather than being the trendiest. What they were wearing identified them as to who they were and a lifestyle they represented.
Most of the time, when I get up in the morning, I already have laid out what to wear the night before. On my off days, I will tell myself that I’ll do it later but don’t get around to it, and the next morning, I end up grabbing something when I get up and sometimes end up changing what I grabbed. There are several reasons for the change: It doesn’t “feel” right, the colors scheme is off or my attitude changes, but in the end, it usually rights itself.
One thing that I can’t seem to wear and feel right in are hats. Some people can get by wearing any kind of hat. My mom never went to church without something on her head all the way into her later years. I can remember she would wear a pillbox hat, or a lace mantilla, or a scarf set just right and looking good in all of them. I, on the other hand, put on a pillbox hat once, and it made me think of a monkey on the shoulder of an organ grinder. Scarves made me feel older, and I just didn’t feel right in any of them.
I now think we are at our best selves when we wear comfortable clothes. To me, comfort means that in order to wear something, I don’t have to tug and pull on it, squeeze into it or hike it up, and it doesn’t itch, rub or constantly slip down.
Someday, I may establish a certain style, but for now, I am not going to waste my energy, time and money for second best or second rate. I will stick to my good ol’ comfortable things I have now and give thanks to the Lord that I have it.
There is an old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” I think part of that way is to not worry about things that may not be perfect right now and that we can do nothing about. I am getting better slowly, health wise and spiritually, and someday again will know what my style is because style is born of the spirit and where your heart and mind lie.
Happy birthday to Bryan Phillip, Elberta Cochran and Evelyn Shinn.
Don’t forget the noon potluck at Sunset Meadows I on Fridays.