Prompt – Casual is the new chic Clothes help us express inner self



  “Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”  ― Anna Wintour


Fashion at times is not only fickle and erratic but also may help us define who we are not only on the outside but also in that secret place we call self image. The attire we chose to wear reflects the full gamut of emotions from staid and formal to eclectic and wild. At times fashion “chic” goes beyond conventional definitions of good taste. Others ignore the tips of fashion magazines and gurus and flaunt their own personal definition of style. This couple obviously throws caution to the wind and wear clothes that suits their moods.

Let me state for the record that I am no fashion guru nor do I hold prejudices against those folks who choose to wear their inner emotions on their sleeves. After all their choice of what to wear is just that …their choice!

But there are certain instances of fashion choices that make me scratch my head and ask, “what was she possibly thinking about when she decided to wear that particular outfit?”

You have to understand the environmental context of my bewilderment. The temperature outside was near the 100 degree mark and the humidity factor was extremely high. There were other pedestrians sauntering by on nearby sidewalks sweltering in the heat and at times sipping a cool refreshing drink as they paraded about their business.

This couple appeared late in the afternoon about four p.m. and walked with a steady gait towards an unknown destination. He wore the typical macho male blue jean, t-shirt and peak cap combination.

The female walking beside him sported a free flowing toga and winter boot collage. I could accept the pseudo skimpy covering the young woman was wearing …the color was heat reflective and the form fitting attire was figure flattering.

For the life of me I could not understand why she was wearing the winterized mukluks on her feet that particular day. My own feet started to perspire intensely as I imagined how desperately warm her own feet might be feeling in the intense heat of that afternoon. She did appear to be comfortable in the unorthodox arrangement.

Sometimes a person’s choice of clothing makes good sense. Other time’s what a person drapes on their physical form makes no sense. But at all times what a person chooses to wear in public is a choice that does not need explanation or public acceptance.

And that is the true beauty of fashion. We create the image we wish to project to the world at large. Novelty is its own reward.

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6 Comments on Prompt – Casual is the new chic Clothes help us express inner self

  1. Gerry I too often wonder “Why?”. I am not a fashion expert or anything and pretty much a jeans and t-shirt kinda person myself but some combination make you wonder what is going on with them. Lol

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    • I wonder if they dressed in the dark and had no realization as to what they were putting on and when they finally reached the light of day it was too late to reverse engineer the gaffe. Oh Thanks for writing Robin. Enjoy the day. 🙂

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  2. Gerry, I’m no slave to fashion, but I know what I like. I also know what I’m comfortable in. That does NOT include any heavy footwear. In fact, I’m happy going around barefoot all summer. Honestly, I don’t know if it is the desire to be “different” to the point of making oneself incredibly uncomfortable or trying to be cool–and those boots ain’t cool. In any way! Actually, I think those heavy jeans are also horrible summer wear! Ugh!!!!

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    • Catherine I agree with you more than 100 per cent. You hit the nail on the head. In the summer dress comfortably. Be cool if you want to be but as you said not to the point of being grossly uncomfortable. The blue jeans are an”ugh” I prefer Bermuda or utility shorts and sandals in the summer. Barefoot is fun if you visit the sandy beaches The heavy footwear has to be a fashion no-no especially when the temperatures soar over 100 degrees. But as the expression goes “a chaque son gout”. Thanks for writing. Enjoy the day. 🙂


  3. I love your take on this. We all have different bodies, different body shapes and different tastes in clothes. And so we really shouldn’t make excuses as to what we are wearing when we step out of the house and we shouldn’t judge others what they are wearing. If you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing and like how you look, that is what matters. On hot summer days I like to wear a loose T-shirt, shorts and sandals. Easy 🙂

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    • I agree with you Mabel one thousand per cent. Why rain on someone else’s parade just because they do not reflect our own personal taste in clothes, cars, friends and lifestyles? Thanks for writing. Keep cool! 🙂

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