I heard an interview with Jamie Lee Curtis the other day. She talked about her new wardrobe manifesto: she only wears black and white. Rather than a fashion statement, she is trying to simplify her daily routine and take “picking out an outfit” out of the equation. She quipped:“I never represented glam. That’s the thing, you’ll never see me in the front row of a fashion show. I’m uninterested in it. I find it trivial and banal and boring. I find it to be the least interesting thing that a woman can pay attention to, is clothing. I’m so much more interested in what’s going on in the world today and what we’re thinking and how we’re feeling.”
When she said that, I thought, “Right on, James!! Fashion is banal! I’m so above fashion . . . I refuse to be a slave to trends any longer. I am deeper than that, and more important that that!”. I held those convictions for about 4 hours until I walked by an Urban Outfitters display window. 30 minutes and $49 bucks later, I had a cute bohemian top that is SO Marc Jacob’s spring line.
Yeah, well no one’s perfect. But . . I have been thinking more about the time and money that keeping up with the trends costs, for both myself and my family. I mean, I can spend some SERIOUS energy thinking about what to wear in the morning. Wouldn’t it be lovely to just have a uniform that you don’t think about? What would be so wrong with just wearing the same outfit, day after day, and not worrying about what the moms in the school drop-off line thought? At the end of the day, the only person in my life who seems to care what I am wearing is ME. And the truth is, when I see a mom out and about with her kids, wearing heels and the latest $200 jeans, it certainly doesn’t make me respect her more. It makes me think, wow, she’s really working hard to look hip. That’s not something I want to be known for. While I may not be ready to make the automatic wardrobe a part of my manifesto, I am commiting to trying to spend less mental energy on my outfits, and more mental energy on things with a bit more lasting effect.