Dasheen on Style Tip: Turn It Around!
“I have nothing to wear!”
It could be said whisper-range. In frustration. On a Le Sigh. With a pout. However these words, or forms of these words are spoken the scenario tends to mirror: We (women) are confronted by choices (whatever they may be) and we are concluding that even faced with said choices before us we are yet unhappy or at the very least undecided.
Now, either a majority of women have an instinct for repeated phraseology or we have been indoctrinated by a clever imp. Whatever the case, there will be no love, because the objective eyes looking over our shoulders (in my case a certain Simon Leon) are laughing out loud.
“Really! Come again. Wouldn’t it be easier to say I don’t know what to wear or I don’t want to wear any of the many many things in here.”
Sure, but does it matter. No. Because nothing has changed—“I have nothing to wear!” SMH
As I’ve fully embraced where I am at in my life (financially and then some), shifted the reigning priorities of my 20’s, and maybe even growed-up a bit (eh eh, well look at you) I’ve started looking at my closet as a friend and not a frenemy, and for certain I feel ingenious with my clothing. I mean absolutely fearless! And I am enjoying every minute of the bargain hunt and the wear. It’s to the point now, where, if I can’t see a particular item in a multiplicity of scenarios in-store, then it’s not coming home.
What is wrong with the black sheath dress in the above pic. Why nothing of course. It’s simply been turned back to front. I let the tag show a bit because without that tell-tell sign one would never assume what is not obvious.
Now granted this is a black dress, but I would do this with any color dress and just make it work!
The first time I went back to front, it was with this dress and it was because, while I love a cover up (be it cropped jacket, cardigan what have you) I don’t like that suffocating feeling of being all buttoned up, especially if I am already wearing something underneath. In the case of this dress, the front is a very nice scoop neck, but for a work or even church environment, while doable all on its own, it is is inappropriate for the assets it must contain.
Trust me I am sitting in this shot for a reason and I have pulled up the front! Still couldn’t just let it go (thank you to my photographer for his patience) lol
These are not experiments.
This is a shot of one of my absolute favorite tunic sweaters. It is the richest cobalt blue you can imagine, but the front for me means courage and sticky tape, or the staple camisole, and sometimes, just sometimes, I don’t want to be bothered with all that.
The last example of turning it around features a fuchsia Old Navy tee that is almost tunic length.
I show these because they are quick, simple tried and true options. I showcase them unadorned because the one thing I’ve noticed about turning a clothing item back to front, you get an awesome canvas to work with. Particularly, if the clothing item was already a star in the fit department, then you can adorn as you like. A cluster of broaches would be just the right touch in the top two choices, a wide belt perfection with the last.
Then again, a blank canvas can be appealing all on its own.
People may question the unexpected, but if you’re already one to walk into a room with the same confidence in which you plan to leave it, you should have no problem turning it around.
Have you ever rocked your clothing front to back? Did anyone notice the switch?