You know what haunts me? Images of white gloves and pearls, white patent Mary Janes with lace trimmed socks turned down at the ankle. Mother used to dress me in them.
I scroll through Pinterest and view all the fashion. I even wear a lot of the types of things I see. But, I remember a time before I reached my teens when Mother tried to dress me as a young girl once dressed.
I had some lovely outfits she purchased. Even more lovely things she sewed for me. As I go along in my day to day life, I feel some frustration at myself for not meeting the standards set by the past.
Search Pinterest for 1950s. See how women were dressed to go the grocery store. See how women dressed to work in an office. See how women dressed period. I realize “things” have changed. My question is why? Couldn’t I adjust my own standard? Couldn’t I dress in prettier, more lady like clothes?
Of course I could. But, even this weekend I succumbed to the “boyfriend” jeans with a rip in them. Topped with a bright oversize tee shirt. But, I wore cute sandals and layers of bracelets. Does that count?
I troll the resale shops for dresses. I have a collection of dresses I can wear around the house. But, I don’t wear them much. Again, I ask myself why?
I suppose by the time I work my day job, change to work out and do my chores, then shower, it is time to put on jammies.
I struggle inside with the need to be practical in my dress for my clerical job in a high-security Texas prison and my need to turn out properly.
In my next life, I want to have a job that I can dress the way I want. I want to dress to make Mother proud. I do wear a dress, hose and heels for Sunday morning worship service.
I wonder if my angel baby remembers how much I anguished over the fashion faux pas she insisted on making by wearing flannel shirts in May. I finally asked her why she insisted and she simply said it was freezing cold in her high school classes and flannel shirts were just right to keep warm and to haul around outside of the building. I let it rest.
Looking back, I should have taken her to buy a stylish jacket to wear. But, my girl is probably laughing at my even thinking about it now! Oh, well. Such is the way of hauntings. They make me recall a different time and place. I still insist that formality of dress might bring back formality of behavior. Maybe people would be kinder and gentler, if the idea of being a lady or a gentleman was revived.
Manners, protocol, etiquette, proper grooming, standards of dress. They may seem shallow and old fashioned. But, the outward reflects the inward. The inward reflects the outward. It boils down to respect. Self-respect and self-esteem. Respect for others, too. My appearance makes a difference.
The best thing I have to wear is a smile. The best accessory a kind and encouraging word. I hope I show love and compassion whether I am wearing orthopedic shoes and an oversize tee shirt or my best dress with heels, hose and pearls. But, that haunted feeling insists I would do it so much better in a skirt and heels!
Disclaimer: all of my girls (daughter, daughter-in-law, niece) have a wonderful fashion sense and personal style. Moreover they have such tremendous compassion and scope of mind, I marvel at their magnificent capacity to love. I only speak to my own self and my own ambitions.