Monday, 24 October 2011

Following Fashion

I am disappointed in myself. On our trip to London I found myself looking at everyone else travelling on the tube and feeling relieved that I had the right 'look' for London. I mean - others had the same style of boots on, my skirt was the right length,my bag the right shape and I was wearing the right colours! It was the sudden realisation that I was even thinking like this, that brought me up short and I felt disappointed in my insecurity. 

Why did I suddenly feel the need to be the follower of fashion? What influences made me want to conform? 

It's good to be back - where a good pair of wellies and the wind swept hair style are in vogue all the time!


  1. Hello Harriet:
    It is, indeed, sad when one becomes aware of, and even taken up with, fashions and trends which do, of course, multiply before one's very eyes as in the example which you give here.

    But, as long as one can see them for what they are, and recognize that in the great scheme of things that they count for very little, as you so clearly have done, then there is no harm and possibly a little fun. But, as you say, spare us from it all!

  2. But you already had the items of clothing before you went to London, didn't you?
    That simply shows that you are aware of the times and have the good sense to adapt you own style.

    Following fashions slavishly is stupid but enjoying a pleasant outfit one feels comfortable in, is sensible. If it also happens to be acceptably current, what's wrong with that.

    I am probably a lot older than you and I also live in the depths of the countryside but when the occasion arises, I love to dress 'up'.

  3. Hello Jane and Lance and welcome Friko, I think my disappointment came from the realisation that I wanted to look like everyone else! I value being an individual - but in London I valued being the same as everyone else! Am I a little frightened of being perceived as 'the country mouse' as well as 'the church mouse'?

  4. Lucky you! I'm stuck in London, and missing France furiously. I couldn't give a rat's backside whether I'm in fashion or not - but a home: that's vital. Try not having one. At all. And having to cope with that alone.
    I suggest you be grateful for what you have (which is a lot), rather than go to huge efforts to find fault either with yourself or your situation.

  5. Hi Minnie - a little harsh - Of course I'm grateful for having a home - and I feel sorry for anyone who had has to set up in this country. Both sons are struggling to establish themselves in new places - and paying stupid amounts of rent (and then getting moved on). What I was commenting on was how quickly I gave up my individualism once back in the city. I value living a long way away from those sorts of pressures.