November 2, 2011

The F Word

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There is a lot to be said for what I like to call, “tangible beauty.”  As children, we are taught that beauty is something we can find on the inside; something that comes from within.  But I constantly tell people I spent most of my college career majoring in “appearances.”  By using a mixture of mid-century sensibilities, a pair of good pumps and the occasional exfoliating regime , the F word shouldn’t be so scary.  Fashion has a lot of power, when used in the right context.

Coco Chanel once famously said; “A woman should be two things: who and what she wants.”  There is a lot of truth in viewing fashion as a means of transformation.  The clothes we wear not only speak at decibels beyond words, but also exude a subtlety that is often ignored by the masses.  Clothes are able to tell a story about its wearer; where they have been, where they intend to go.  Fashion is meant to be the ultimate supporting role in your life.

Fashion is often laughed at, with its polka dots and stilettos.  I always found it easy to poke fun at fashion, but had a hard time understanding most of its harshest critics.  While it is simple to criticize, it is more difficult to do it naked.  I would deem it more of a practical art, as opposed to fluff.  Clothes are constructed from pieces, much like its wearer; we are only as complete as we feel.  A well-put together outfit could reflect the full togetherness of its inhabitant.  And the same goes for clothes in pieces; its owner may feel just as scattered.  But it is fashion’s transformation component that makes it so appealing.  Much like Halloween, you get to be somebody else.

It’s true, beauty comes from within.  But sometimes, a little window dressing is important.  Appearances are not meant to be everything, but rather, they are meant to be something that enhance what is already there; both obviously and potentially.

 -Stan Salas, Customer Service Connoisseur and Contributing Blogger

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