I really didn’t give much thought to my fashion choices until after I retired. And even then, it wasn’t anything deliberate. I simply noticed that I had a lot of black in my closet and I didn’t really care for black. How did that happen? Had I ever liked black? If not, how did I come to have so much of it?
Oh, and I was buying a lot of orange. What?
This new awareness got me to thinking about how I had made my clothing choices all my life. The most compelling driver of clothing choices had been my work. First, I spent 15 years working as lab tech. While far from elegant, this job made getting dressed easy most days. Days off were jeans and a tee shirt.
When I grew tired of the lab, I changed jobs and entered the business field. And this was the source of all my black clothing.
Black clothing, the clothing of reserved professionalism; black clothing, the clothes that go with everything. Black, the color I thought I liked, but really didn’t. It only took a retirement closet full of orange, turquoise, and purple to realize it.
I got to wondering what else played into my choices. I know some people enjoy following the latest fashion trends.
But that isn’t me. Standing all of 5’2”, most trendy clothes, created for 5’10” models, look like hell on me.
Nonetheless, for me, there is one more factor – chronic pain and fatigue.
I was officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia / CSF in 2015. I am more fortunate than some, because I do have days without pain. There is some element of fatigue always present, but likewise I do not have debilitating fatigue everyday. I know that I am lucky. All of that said, this does affect my fashion choices. My jeans have been replaced by leggings, tunic tops, dresses, and soft bras with wide bands. All of them designed not to put too much uncomfortable pressure in any one spot. Nonetheless, it is quite easy to dress nicely within these clothing categories.
Examples of Bohemian attire.
Bohemian fashion seems to be where I fall. I’m okay with that. Now, instead of letting my subconscious introduce my favorite colors and styles, I am actively embracing it. I am looking at each outfit and determining how best to accessorize it. What pieces of jewelry should I make for the outfit? Shall I crochet a shawl to go with it? Or maybe some decorative warmers? And I’m having lots of fun! Although there is nothing speedy about the process, given that handmade takes time.
So what did I miss? What affects your fashion choices?