What do remember wearing as a child, teenager, or young adult?
Do these memories influence the fashions you are drawn to today?
A query on this topic came in to OMF from Jessy Randall...
"Do you think that memory could play a role in our fashion choices? I love the TV show Top Chef, and the chefs and judges on that are always talking about how memory plays into our feelings about food. If we taste something that reminds us of something from childhood, perhaps we particularly like or dislike it now.
I've been thinking about this because I realized this week that I was wearing a sundress that may harken back to a childhood sundress of mine, and that might be why I like it. I had on a dress with a little bit of that sort of elastic top in the back, so the fabric is all crinkled up just under the shoulder straps, you know what I mean? And suddenly I remembered that when I was about six years old I had a sundress made of fabric covered in pink elephants, a dress my mom made me, and that was my favorite, favorite dress, my go-to dress at age six. If it was clean, I wore it (if it was warm enough). And that's sort of how this other dress is for me now! I'm not saying we should all seek out clothes like we wore when we were kids, but I wonder if there's some of that going on unconsciously when we choose new clothes.
Jessy Randall (http://personalwebs.coloradocollege.edu/~jrandall/)"
Response from OMF:
Yes! I completely agree that we are forever influenced by our childhood memories when we choose our duds. When I was a girl, we lived for a time in a small town, and I was given a gift of a top with butterfly sleeves from the nicest store in town: Anthony's. I felt so elegant and fashionable in that top, I have forever been drawn to tops with that style of sleeve. In college I wore crisp white shirts and shorts for school and later jeans and plain white t-shirts for play--I still turn to these simple combinations when I need to feel tidy or cool. I'll carry your comment in my thoughts as I look at clothes, Jessy. Thank you so much for stirring up memories for us!