Creating an impression.
One that hits home.
I doubt I’d be distorting facts when I put forth that we’ve all done something to send a message at least once in our lives, if not countless times.
Making a statement could be as rudimentary as wearing black lipstick to rebel against the powers that be, or something far more significant, more meaningful such as taking a stand against Trump. Joining the #MeToo movement. Going public with your sexual orientation. Articulating an opinion about a topic near and dear to you. Participating in a rally.
In one way or another, we all make statements. And, naturally, the way we dress is
perhaps the most eloquent, versatile and personal weapon in our arsenal to send a message. Fashion has the innate ability to influence politics, culture, life, and that is not an exaggerated claim.
F A S H I O N I S A W E A P O N
We outfit ourselves to match our views and beliefs about anything and everything pertinent, be it consciously or subconsciously. And regularly too. Because essentially, human society equals a dressed society. What one wears, how one wears it and when one wears it constitutes expressions of degrees of social freedoms and influences.
Dress expression spans the full gamut from conformity (yuck) to doing your own thing (hey girl hey). Simply put, a dress style that challenges (or is perceived as challenging, or offering an alternative to the status quo) quickly acquires a double entendre.
Fashion statements can mean a variety of things. Clearly. They can be a statement of liberation, such as women wearing pants in the ’50s and ’60s. They can be statements of personality, such as funky vintage wear that reflects your aura. Or, as in my case, the ever present touch of leather and metal, and let’s not forget my battalion of shoes either. They can even be statements on the state of fashion itself, such as Jennifer Lopez’s infamous belly dress (which, if reports are to be believed, is the catalyst which gave rise to the birth of that thing we have all come to love and desperately depend on, Google Search. I kid you not).
This month, the Fab 40s are doing something which appears easy and innocuous on the surface, but which has actually turned out to be quite the mind-bender. For me, at least.
Simple enough, yes?
When it came down to the crunch, I realised I really wanted to make a point with my tee of choice, duh Sheela, but the problem was I couldn’t decide on what statement I wanted to make.
You all know how I feel about self-love, empowerment, anything conventional.
And because of that, I felt I had to push the envelope just a bit with the message I sent. So I hunted and I hunted and I dug and I dug (literally through piles of tee shirts, Jennie, pinkie swear), until I remembered this piece.
Definition of Woman Up, “Continue to put one foot in front of the other, moving forward, ever moving forward regardless of fear or the unknown. Moving forward, sometimes half day at a time, sometimes one moment at a time.“
To be your own person, to be in control of your own life. To take charge, and not let anyone else tell you what to do.
It was perfect (and it will become even more apparent why I chose this tee shirt when you click on the website from which it came).
Let’s take a look at what everyone did this month. It’s nothing short of spectacular. And unique. And completely true to their individual personalities.
Jennie, A Pocketful Of Polka Dots
Like me, Jennie has a definite thing for shoes. Unlike me, she wears them all from preppy loafers to sweet Mary Janes, to today’s rendition of sex on heels. Everything melds beautifully here, yet makes a powerful impact on its own. The polka dots on her blazer echo the spikes on her shoes perfectly. Her belt and tote could very well be fraternal twins. And her statement tee? Ha!!! Too precious and all too true for many of us.
Ann, Kremb de la Kremb
Annie always brings something fresh to the table, and it is almost always accompanied by a zesty pop of colour. Here, she’s taken basic tee + cutoffs, and turned the outfit into something which falls neatly (and nicely) into the realm of athleisure, with dollops of fun. See the heart-shaped sunnies, and the pom pom drop earrings, and her signature waist pouch which, I think, is housing a brightly coloured kerchief? And her sneakers. I want her sneakers.
Mary, Curly Byrdie Chirps
I rather feel that Mary had a stroke of genius in pairing her tee with that hi-lo skirt with its glorious, flirty ruffles (is that a bustle effect??). What a dramatic look!! Nothing is matchy matchy, but everything comes together immaculately. From the tassel earrings to the shades in her hand, right down to those heels making her legs look as though they go on forever. And what an excellent choice of a statement. Honey. Smooth. Sweet. Perfect.
Suzy, Suzy Turner
Let’s shine. Yes, please, let’s. Thank you, Suzy, for this statement you’re making. It may not be the message you intended to share but it’s certainly the one I’ve interpreted 🙂 thank you for the reminder that we must shine bright. Like a diamond. And shine so bright until no one can dim our lights, not even ourselves. Incidentally, your entire outfit is divine. The subtle yet gilded glimmers of gold. The flirty tulle. Quite the Midas touch.
For this month, we have the lovely Maria as our guest.
I was just talking to Eve about this two evenings ago. The importance of “me” time. And the equal importance of doing absolutely nothing which can also translate into “me” time, and how terribly underrated that appears to be these days. We think nothing of slaving away for our loved ones. For deadlines. But when it comes to investing a few moments into ourselves, that heady rush of guilt is all too familiar a sensation. That has to stop. It’s not healthy. That’s the reason why Maria’s look is my absolute fave this month!! And the fact that yes, those jeans do work wonders for one’s finest assets GRIN thank you so much for being a part of The Fab 40s this month, lady!!!
And here’s me.
Top (c/o Smile Makers ) | Suit (Forever21) | Cuff (c/o Unearthed) | Sunnies (Chanel)
Happy Monday, everyone!! I leave tomorrow for a month long vacation back in Borneo, and true to form, have yet to finish packing. Help.
p/s I link up here.