It is so often ‘Fashion’ which dictates the acceptable colours and styles of our clothes while also influencing jewellery, haircuts, shoes, bags and the way we clip our nails.
I am sure there are a lot of people who enjoy dressing for an occasion such as a medieval festival, a cowboy/girl round-up or a prohibition party, etc.. The chance to escape from clothing we are expected to wear.
In the early seventies in London, the fashion for women went to wearing long skirts with boots; a little reminiscent of Edwardian fashion during WWI, I believe.
I loved it in winter!
My long coat, slightly fitted at the waist, came down to below my calves, allowing my skirt to show a little below that. Boots rose above the skirt bottom. It was a warm and comfortable way to dress in winter.
People would look at me askance today if I were to continue with that style. I’m sure my children would frown at me for fear of ridicule from passers-by. Being outside the norm in almost anything, labels us as being outside mental normality too.
That is a subject on its own.
Calamity Jane certainly wore what best pleased her. She was an experienced horsewoman and expert sharp-shooter. Milton Berle dared to appear on a TV show dressed as a woman, while George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin), French writer, dressed as a man to allow her access to places unsuitable for women.
I am convinced that in the majority of cases, the clothes we wear, however, are to please others. Even when we’re out buying and want to get something that suits us, isn’t it with the view to appearing our best for others?
We want to attract people, possibly to find a partner or simply to be part of a group.
Non-conformity can mean isolation.
What would you do?