Clothing as Costume

Clothing as Costume

Do you think of clothes as a kind of costume?  I do.

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Looking back, I can see that my wardrobe has shifted with every new stage.

Fashion changes with the seasons, it’s true, but our style evolves as we do.

I remember being a young lawyer, buttoning myself into severe suits, clasping pearls around my neck, and hoping that my outward appearance would hide my lack of experience.

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I remember moving to a career at the University of Toronto, and embracing the tentative freedom of unstructured jackets and chunky necklaces.

I remember the early days of parenthood, inventing a personal style that incorporated machine-washable clothing and accessories that could survive the attentions of toddlers.

And now I love the liberation of dressing like a working artist, pairing jeans with dramatic cocktail rings.

It’s such a joy to be able to wear what you love, and not be constrained by the norms of a particular workplace. But looking back, I wonder if I should have had more courage to push the envelope? If I would have enjoyed my earlier careers more if I’d been able to adapt my ‘costume’ to my authentic self? 

If I ever go back to an office, I’m taking my cocktail rings with me.

Parisienne Elegance with Helene Prime

Parisienne Elegance with Helene Prime

Coming Full Circle with David Krut Projects

Coming Full Circle with David Krut Projects