what’s in your closet?

photo from Ann Taylor catalog

“No matter what your walls are made of, a closet is no place for a person to live.”~ Ash Beckham.

I’ve been thinking about my clothes a lot lately. Having just switched me warm weather clothes for winter wear, it’s become pretty obvious to me that I have an adversity to wearing patterns.

Oh, I have the odd mix of black & white weave, or pieces with tone-on-tone, but I don’t own one top with a print. I have pink corduroys pants and Smurf-blue jeans. I even have yellow jeans that look smashing with a navy-and-white-polka-dot jacket. (Patterned pants too are taboo for me.) But that’s as far as I am willing to go. There simply isn’t much pattern in my closet.

My wardrobe choices are most likely a holdover from my teen years. I was too young to participate in the sex-drugs-and rock-and-roll of the sixties, complete with crocheted vests and miniskirts to match. I came of age in the disco era, when psychedelic print polyester shirts were the rage of the times for all of those ‘in the know’, which I was certainly not. By then I was laying low, attempting to draw as little attention to myself as possible.Wearing way-out prints was not the way to blend into the background.

Given that these are one’s formative years, it’s been that way for me ever since.

I have a zebra print jacket a friend talked me into buying five years ago that I’ve worn maybe once a year since I bought it. I wear it, usually early in the season, and attempt to make peace with how it looks on me. To date there’s been no reconciliation.

So it’s hangs in the closet for the remainder of the season, stored away when the weather turns warm, to be taken out for its annual wearing again next year. I know it would be better to donate it to someone who would love wearing it, but a part of me is reluctant to let it go. I want to be more adventurous with my clothes, and truth be told, the jacket actually doesn’t look half bad on me.

But it’s more than that: patterns just don’t feel right on me.

I prefer to wear my patterns on the inside, where no one can see them.

Enjoy Ash Beckham’s viral TEDTalk Boulder, which has been the inspiration for this post and much more: http://youtu.be/kSR4xuU07sc

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