It’s the usual ritual before heading out. Me in front of my wardrobe deliberating what to wear and how best to wear it.
Whatever the occasion, day of the week or time, I find myself caught in the “I don’t know what to wear” or “I have nothing to wear” cycle.
Moreover, when did clothing become such a big deal? Wish we could revert to the days were there were no clothes and all people wore were tree barks or animal skin; they weren’t bothered with what outfit was perfect for what occasion, what combinations were ideal or what colour, cuts or fabric suited what body shape or not.
I need to be out in another hour and I have yet to zero in on an outfit or a set of outfits worthy of the occasion. Although there are a million and two things to consider when picking an outfit, what tops my list is comfort. Have you noticed how uncomfortable some people look in their outfits? No matter how fashionable, stylish or trendy an outfit maybe, I have resolved to put comfort first. Maybe I have learnt from experience . I will, without the slightest hesitation, kick off that pair of killer heels the moment it begins to feel uncomfortable. Rather that than walk like a staggering drunk.
Anyway, back to my wardrobe dilemma. 15 minutes afterwards, I have decided on a pair of trousers and three likely tops. Problem is, none of the items fit as perfectly as they once did. All of my old clothes seem to have shrunk! (Or am I getting fatter?? Nah… it must be the clothes shrinking – that’s definitely easier to deal with). If they were all their original size I won’t have to struggle to get that pair of jeans up my thighs, suck my stomach in to get that button done, skillfully apply pins to avoid my shirts from gaping or make a mental note to skip meals whilst in that ‘perfectly fitted’ outfit and when I must have a meal, I move to plan B; the use of a clutch or any bag big enough to hide any bulges –for pictures sakes.
Nobody wants embarrassing images posted on fb, flckr or the likes. Isn’t it But with products like this all that drama’s not necessary anymore. You can lose a dress size or two in minutes and not be bothered at whatever angle the cameras are clicking away at. It’s your modern woman’s must-have.
A few days ago, I tried on one of my faithfuls – that piece of clothing that always comes through for you when paired with the appropriate accessory, and I couldn’t help wondering how/why the length had reduced. My favourite is a LBD (Little Black Dress) from Zara that has seen me through dinners, parties and even work!
Many of us face wardrobe malfunctions once a while. Some more often and more grave than others. Was watching a Nigerian reality show the other day and just couldn’t get over the presenter. He had on a triangle/Kanye scarf and was obviously feeling cool about it whilst making a bad attempt to ignore the huge beads of sweat trickling down his face. The underarm of his shirt was soaked with sweat! It was equally shocking to see ladies in tights/stockings one hot afternoon at a wedding in Abuja earlier on this year. Talk about fashion victims! It is alarming how we often follow fashion so blindly. Remember when a colleague turned up at work in leather knee-high boots – in a tropical climate with an average temperature of 33˚C. C’mn people! Where fashion is concerned, is what is good for the goose necessarily flattering for the gander?
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