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Blue Burlap and Snake-Skin Pumps


RedToday’s prompt: “Describe your personal style, however you’d like to interpret that — your clothing style, your communication style, your hair style, your eating style, anything.”

Short answer:  comfortable, flowing, and eclectic.

Long answer:    When I was a child, there were people in my family who liked to sew.   I remember when I was about six or seven there was some sort of big family to-do — an anniversary celebration or wedding or something along those lines– and I had to have a proper dress.   So one of the seamstresses in my family made this teal blue dress out of a dreadful fabric.  It was probably just a cotton broadcloth,  but my memory wants to call it burlap.  Thick, hot, stiff, scratchy burlap.  Long sleeves.  Stand-up lace on the collar and wrists.  An ice-cold metal zipper running down the full length of my back.   I remember having to try it on for “fittings”.  I would stand with arms outstretched and totally immobile to keep from being poked by the straight pins piecing it together.  I remember being hollered at for not moving around naturally so they could see how it fit.  I remember sobbing because it was so uncomfortable and I just wanted to rip that scratching shroud of torture off my body.   I received no sympathy.   I have no idea how the dress went over at the function.  I have blocked that memory because of the trauma.

The results:

As an adult, I allow no person to dictate what I wear.

I will never wear anything stifling and physically uncomfortable. (Though I did go through a high-heel phase because I fell in love with a pair of snakeskin pumps to DIE for).

And I have been around the block enough times to have picked up many disparate and resonating ethnic and stylistic themes.  I conform to conventional style when I want to conform, not when I am required.

My apparel style is reflective of many aspects of my life.  I am eclectic in my interests and pursuits, I am flowing with positive energy and emotions, and I think, for the most part, people find me comfortable to be around.

Finally, I may not always be “proper,” but I always strive to be classy.

I guess I owe a debt of gratitude to that hideous blue party dress.

ljgloyd (c) 2015

5 thoughts on “Blue Burlap and Snake-Skin Pumps

  1. Not only did it serve as an area of departure in founding your own sense of style, but that hideous dress made for an intriguing title for your blog as well! http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/08/04/fitting-in/

  2. What a lovely post! When I was about 2 or 3, my grandmother (who liked to sew) made me a dress … it was shades of turquoise and was made of some kind of gauzy material. She sewed some feathers on it and a little rosebud. I absolutely HATED that dress. I don’t know why either. I have no memory and I don’t think anything stuck me or was scratchy per se…but my mother said I screamed and cried and kept trying to take it off. It was made for a family photo session and I have pictures of myself, red-faced and crying with one strap hanging off my shoulder. It’s strange what things float to the top of ones’ mind after reading another’s story. Thank you for sharing! I’d like to ‘borrow freely’ the idea of this post – about personal style if I may? Thanks! 🙂

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