Thursday, September 18, 2014

The vocabulary

They're a funny bunch, to be sure. They sit there and wait for me, patiently, each day.

The 1920s flapper with her peacock velvet kimono, silk seamed stockings, red patent Mary Janes. Perhaps a puff of shimmer in her perfume. A faux fur stole. Most certainly a flower in her hair. And trinkets a-plenty.

Then there's the slouchy urban dweller. All hoodies and jeans and sneakers and a messenger bag stuffed with a graphic novel, headphones and cute Japanese stationery. Coffee and iPhone in hand.

The elegant nautical-flavoured Coco Chanel-inspired dame sometimes makes an appearance (particularly if something vaguely resembling "corporate" is required). She can never resist blue and white or stripes, brightly coloured sandals and a scarf bien sûr. But don't dare call her preppy.

Most often, a dapper boho reigns supreme. Skirts whenever possible, dresses most of Summer. Boots and patterned stockings. Painted nails and a slick of eyeliner or maybe some glitter eyeshadow. A little bit of layering but always talismans. Harmonious colour and often something just that little bit daring.

And then, when it all gets too hard, there's the chunky soft hand knits. The cowls and beanies and handwarmers. Corduroy slippers. Pyjamas a-plenty.

Unsurprisingly, there are also boxes and boxes of costumes from ghosts of Kat past: the velvet flared jumpsuits, the embroidered woollen Greek coats, the waistcoats, the leather pants purchased from the proceeds of a dance performance. These wait patiently for a certain little girl to get older... and curious.

They feel like family, these gorgeous gals in my wardrobe. They're a celebration, a tiny rebellion, an expression of individuality, of freedom.

But they also act as a vocabulary, my daily choices reflecting my intuitive understanding of what the day will require. As I said yesterday, it's not really about the stuff. It's about navigating my way towards the connection... to my self... and others.

This post is my response to Day Four of the August Moon reflective writing challenge. You are most welcome to share your own response to the prompt in the comments below. 

Otherwise, the next opportunity to connect is Reverb in December. Join us?

1 comment:

  1. Mmmmmm, "always talismans." YES to talismans!