My theory has always been since I don't get a clothing
allowance, I get to wear what I want to ruin.
But actually over the years I have ruined few things...one
was my wedding dress though! AND that leads to the
discussion of what I have worn over the years. Right now, I
am in my mid 50's and dress in an artsy fartsy mid 50's
way...hand woven clothing, or batiked dresses, or even
simplified tie dyed dresses, or all in black which becomes
the showcase for my extensive collection of handmade
BUT in my younger days I believed the old addage that old
the world is a stage, so costuming was appropriate, and
would search flea markets for costumes...(just call me
Rembrandt--he did the same). I wore an entire band outfit
(no busby), I have an extensive collection of hapi coats and
kimonos (which I still wear), chefs outfit (sans hat-gotta
love the black and white check pants and with black clogs!),
native american leather dress (and I still wear the jewelry,
and moccasins). For 4 years running I would design and make
the dress that I wore as chaparone to the proms (those were
the days, eh?). I thought and still believe that since I
consider one of my arts theater costuming, I should show
kids what I mean. To this day, people stop by to see what I
am wearing and what kinds of shoes I have on!
But, lest you think I look like a clown (never wore a
clown's outfit), my administrators have commented "only you,
San D could look good in your clothes"...and I'll take that
to the bank!
As I have gotten older I am careful NOT to look like the bag
lady when I dress...so at least my students and
administrators are pleasantly surprised and not embarrassed
by my wardrobe. Eccentric? Definitely! Tall? never!