It’s the last Friday of January. Time to reflect on what has gone well and what can be improved.
Today I wanted to wear an outfit that was both an internal and external expression of my determination. The cape I wore was the first I have ever made.
It took several hours to make and caused a remembered amount of stress. But I did finish it. And well.
Of all the “firsts” that I have made this cape was most significant because it was one of the last things I made before a considered, and lengthy, period of turbulence in my life. During which time I bought the jeans.
The top was a gift. In the period before the cape and turbulence. And the boots were a gift after the period of turbulence and before the cape was ever thought to make.
Together this outfit is a summarised version of events that happened in my life. Demonstrating my determination to overcome sewing difficulties, and succeed. And also to overcome personal and professional difficulties. Not only succeeding in this, but thriving and exceeding.
An outfit like this is one of the reasons why I love fashion so much. Clothes are sign posts to significant events. Almost everyone has a story to go a long with a particular item of clothing. Or a particular outfit. Historically clothes can tell you what a person did. And presently they can tell you who a person is.
Sports people are likely to have a lucky sock, top, pair of performance shoes. An actor is likely to have an item of clothing they would rather not wear to an audition. And we all have a particular “uniform” that we wear, or have worn, to a job interview to give us extra confidence.
This outfit. As simple as it looks. Represents so much. It was the perfect outfit to say goodbye to a more productive January than ones that came before. And compliments given on a cape that I pained over to finish provided motivation to look forward to February and start putting all those ideas in my head to good use.
What has been your best achievement this January? And what will you do to better it come February?
Until next time.