Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Pop of Color

Tonight I ended up at a fashion show for work, which is a little bit out of the ordinary for me.  I love clothes, and have come a long way from the 5 year-old that received a gray velvet dress from my great grandmother for Christmas and threw it on the floor in a full-out temper tantrum.  (Hopefully I have also become a much more gracious receiver of gifts...)  I try not to spend too much money on clothes and when I do shop, I look for sales or stores like TJ Maxx, H&M, and Ann Taylor Loft where every day feels like a sale.

I love clothes.  When I wake up in the morning, I always figure out what I'm going to wear before I get out of bed, which means if a piece of clothing isn't archived in my mental closet, there's a pretty good chance that it will never see the light of day.  Having new clothes makes the whole figuring out what to wear to work saga so much easier--especially when you have a job where work weeks can occasionally be 20-days long and it seems really weird to repeat outfits in that time.

I think I also love clothes because they seem so rife with possibility.  Like somehow I believe that putting on a well-chosen J. Crew suit will make me the put-together, sophisticated business woman that I have always strived to be.  The slouchy hunter green khakis from Gap will look perfect rolled up at the legs and paired with a white oxford shirt as I walk through the waves on a gray afternoon at the beach.  The gorgeous black Christian Louboutins  from Neiman Marcus will be perfect when I am magically invited to dine with Kate Middleton, who will naturally love my shoes and become my new best friend.

Sometimes I wonder how often we're shopping for the life we have, and how often we're shopping for the life we hope to have one day.  When we have exciting places to go, when we lose 5 lbs., when we finally find a way to make skinny jeans look flattering, when we can safely wear clothes without worrying about baby spit up.  Just a thought.

In the meantime, I will leave you with some of the trends that I saw tonight.  I'm sure the first one will horrify my mother.  Goodnight!

Colored Denim

A Pop of Color (Especially through accessories on an otherwise subdued outfit.)

Feminine Details (Frills, ruffles, and polka dots popping out in unexpected places.)

Sky-high heels  (Like these Louboutins.  A girl can dream, right?)

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