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Rock Your Socks
By Deniz Zeynep
Photo by Neely Johnson.
Aside from writing, wearing textiles is my manner of interpreting the world around me. Cut. Fabric. Fit. I am at my most comfortable when I am sitting on my bed, Rumi snoring next to me (my pup partner in crime), while words flow out of me like a Georgette skirt that billows over my ankles every time I step (courtesy of my fashion-muse mother). I seem to have inherited Mom's penchant for light fabrics and neutral tones. Classic. Timeless. Being able to find new ways to describe the world around me seeps from the page and into the breezy silk trousers I have acquired for the summer.
There are countless blogs, television shows, magazines, and overall commentary on how to be. They range from shamelessly commercial to vehicles for artistic expression. In regards to the commercial interpretation of how—what's in, what's not—it's easy to forget that they are just opinions.
Following a trend, whether it be a train of thought or those low-crotch, baggy pants (still don't get it), is mindless. Droning. Bzzz. What's most important is acknowledging these new ideas. Do they fit? Maybe not and somehow the terms "unique" and "weird" and "quirky" seem to be used. Boring. If they fit? Well, homeslice, you just found a great piece to add to your bumpin' style-collage. Style pervades everything—how you speak, stroll, scribble, sneeze—how you BE(E), basically. Bzzz.
Too often we are afraid to be who we are. We're only humans. Fallible earthlings with enough intelligence, ego, and passion to both save or destroy ourselves. It starts from youth—you're integrated into a micro-cosmic bubble of bureaucracies with your peers and the person with the strongest opinion (right or wrong, it doesn't matter) sets the tone for how things should be. What to say. When to say it. We end up squeezing ourselves into a mold the way Cinderella's step-sisters are squeezing their feet into a slipper that only hugs their toe. Before you know it, you're cutting off toes and heels just to fit. Good luck walking.
This isn't so much a rant as it is a drop of encouragement for all you Fledglings to rock the style you were born with and that you create as you go. There is no right way to live. No right way to dress. No right way to think, create, or feel. As long as you feel like the 100% version of you, who is to say it's wrong? (Well, aside from crossing over to the realm of evil).
And think about it, the more comfortable you feel with yourself, the further you'll go. The easier you will find your calling ::cue Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go!:: I saw a quote somewhere that said "You are your home." So dress up your drapes, water your plants, paint your shutters—be the most bitchin' house on the block.
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