Vail StyleGazer: It’s not what you wear … but how
Vail, CO Colorado
As I sit down to my beloved MacBook to write this column there’s a fashion shoot taking place outside my front door. Through the open window of my third story apartment I can hear the tall brunette model cascading up and down the sidewalk in her lethally high, black, spiked heels, dark, distressed cigarette jeans and a black motorcycle vest.
A small pack of shaggy haired photographers in black T-shirts mutter in French accents. The stylist and makeup artist stand at close attention nearby. It takes work to look that good.
Even when you’re not paying attention to New York fashion, fashion’s paying attention to you.
I look down at my own ensemble: black flats, black skinny jeans and a loose knit short-sleeved sweater, creme-colored with random stripes of black, purple and vibrant pink. I make a mental note to wear my own ripped jeans to the outdoor concert this weekend at Jones Beach.
Does dressing the part really matter?
In school, I used to dress up on the days I had big tests to mentally prepare myself to be and do my best. Now I dress up on the days I have big meetings.
What’s the significance of looking cool?
Just yesterday a friend told me the reason he hasn’t been getting hired lately for freelance jobs in his creative field is because he doesn’t look modern enough. His hunch may be true but I know the facts to be different.
Clearly those jobs weren’t meant to be. I suggested he could dress in a way that would project his true talent. We decided to go shopping and after updating his clothes to match his personality, unsurprisingly, he landed the job at his very next interview. The difference, he revealed, was he was confidence he was the right man for the job.
It’s the exact reason why advertising works. We have an image of something we perceive ourselves to be and when we have “that bag” or “those shoes,” we are our perception.
I know when I find an article of clothing that I have to have because it “looks like me.” At that point I’m not envisioning the price tag but how good it will feel to wear it. Priceless.
The question is not what we wear but how authentically we wear it. You’ve seen the gossip rags’ “Who wore it best” articles. Who wore it best is who felt best in it.
I look out the window to see the model has changed. Black flats, black leggings and a sweet ruffly plaid dress. She looks good and she’s no longer stomping down the street. She’s frolicking.
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