I asked the question…
What piece of clothing, accessory, pair of shoes or other wardrobe item inspires you to feel your very best?
And here are a sampling of the answers I received…
Today I wore my long Marketplace India coat (over black jeans and a black sweater)–it’s one of those pieces. (J.E.S.)
I love how you describe that ah ha moment when we put on a new outfit and feel like a million bucks! It is transformative! Unfortunately, I feel pretty sure that the majority of women do not get this experience very often.
I have always hated to shop. Except for my home. I did have a small window in my late teens and early to mid 20’s where I was working. It was an exciting time in fashion. The 60’s to early 70’s. I bought Betsey Johnson which in those days was affordable. I even had a beautiful pair of tall, lace up boots that cost almost $100 which was totally over the top in those days. I was in Philadelphia at the time. Those boots made me feel alive! I also had a purple mini-jumpsuit. It was velvet, sleeveless with a turtleneck collar. I wore it with some of my Mother’s rather gaudy costume jewelry in green and gold. A huge pin and earrings. Clip on of course. My parents were horrified (it was actually very modest by today’s standards) but I felt great! The other all time favorite formal outfit was a 2 piece full length jumpsuit I purchased in DC. I was working at Woodward and Lothrop at the time. Black. Sleeveless and one shouldered. With a to the hips square, long sleeved jacket. I wore it to a university “prom” and I was the only one in a non ball gown. It was all about how I felt. The response to it was a bit overwhelming. You may know when you are looking good, but are you prepared to take the risks and make the statements and deal with a range of possible responses? Another aspect of the process. (K. H. Matassa)
My yellow summer sandals. I have had them for five seasons now. Whenever I wear them I feel so bright and alive. I love the sound that the wooden heals make when they meet the pavement. I decided to document these lovely sandals in contrast to the current fall season. Bright yellow open-toed sandals against dried leaves. (A. Loder)