13 July, 2021
It’s all Smoke and Mirrors
It's Friday already and the school holidays are finally coming to an end. So it’s time to get ready and make the transition from staying in your pyjamas until midday while the kids trash the house to getting up bright eyed and bushy tailed to put on your active wear and sit in the stop, drop and go line for an hour with your sub-par drive through coffee.
By DELTON Clark
It's Friday already and the school holidays are finally coming to an end.
So it’s time to get ready and make the transition from staying in your pyjamas until midday while the kids trash the house to getting up bright eyed and bushy tailed to put on your active wear and sit in the stop, drop and go line for an hour with your sub-par drive through coffee.
Which brings me to this week’s talking point – how we use our clothes and style to portray a certain version of ourselves to the world and elude what our reality may truly be.
Behind all of the Myer suits, heels and cashmere cardigans we are all just ducks paddling to keep afloat to maintain our idea of perfect lives, but truth be told, life itself takes no prisoners in our pursuit.
In these times, whether you’re a full-time mum trying to find time to catch up and have lunch with the girls, a typical Aussie tradie trying to impress a girl on the first date or a 16 year old meeting up with friends to do nothing at Canelands on a Thursday night, the one thing we all have in common is that when we venture from the solitude of our four walls we dress to impress.
But why do we do this? Do we do this to seek approval from society? Or do we do it to display our own sense of pride?
In saying this, when did it become socially unacceptable or denote a lack of pride to dress solely for comfort. I have had the opportunity to be enlightened with a broader perspective from people close to me. It turns out that not only is there a sense of etiquette when presenting ourselves in certain situations to be taken seriously but our presentation and appearance are major determinants when pursuing something that we want - whether it be a job, a second date, social approval or simply setting ourselves in the right mindset.
For example, someone in their early 30s who likes to spend their days lounging around all day in a rather abstract pair of ‘hippie’ pants may then step out and exhibit themselves wearing a Polo Ralph Lauren button-up, Gucci sneakers and smelling like they’ve just taken a dive in a pool of Versace blue to prove to everyone in a ‘cowboy town’ a sense of togetherness.
I am the first person to admit I am my own worst critic and in a time of complete crisis not only did I mask the cracks in the mirror by wearing dresses I couldn’t afford but I stayed true the word of late queens Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor and I kept my heels, head and standards high, poured myself a drink, put on some lipstick and pulled myself together.
Case in point, if like myself and others, fashion offers you solace and validity, flaunt what you’ve got; however if you’re still in ‘Meredithian’ times and you don’t want to buy a new pair of shoes when you have a blow out, feel free to go into Woolies with bare fee...the lettuce isn’t going to judge you.