December 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
I started tutoring a high school boy 3 times a week. The other day he asked me, “Why do you always wear dark colors?” I told him that I need to look professional, dress older, so I don’t blend in with all the high schoolers. His response was something along the lines of, “dark colors are boring and dressing older doesn’t mean you give up style.” Hahaha! He also suggested that I wear my drivers license around my neck so people can see how old I am and not be confused… There is something jolting yet insightful about being told off by a high school kid, haha.
For the past 6 months, I’ve been trying to find the perfect uniform for myself – something I can wear almost every day and look good in. I used to agonize, spend many hours in front of the mirror, trying to put together outfits. All of my clothes at the time were so one-of-a-kind that they needed special treatment and extra thought to put together. The problem, my husband pointed out a few years later, was that I didn’t have enough basics (white/black t-shirts or plain things) to match with all my funky random pieces. So it would be like trying to match pink dahlias, sunflowers, and orchids together – just too many pieces fighting for center stage. I started buying very plain pieces so everything could match and painfully got rid of my crazy random clothes that I loved. I either sold or gave away 80% of my clothes and now I have 10-20 pieces of very plain and very boring clothes (okay, maybe a few cute ones)… Admittedly, practically every day, I wear the same dark blue cashmere turtleneck sweater with leggings because I can get away with it. M,W,F and T,TH I work at different places so people generally don’t catch on besides my husband and roommates, heh.
My little conclusion of the day: buy some colorful clothing 🙂