A visit to the playground led to fairly the debacle between my mother and me after I was round 5 years previous. No, it was not as a result of I refused to placed on sunscreen, however reasonably what I refused to take off: my Ariel the mermaid costume. My lovely shimmering sea foam skirt and purple high appeared like the right search for an tour; my mother noticed it as an ideal method to scrape my knees whereas operating round in a decent tail. However, I endured and I wore that costume in every single place. I felt completely comfy and assured expressing myself because the Disney princess I believed I used to be. Pants would merely not do the trick.
I’ve all the time been one to get pleasure from dressing up. I discover it to be a enjoyable inventive outlet and a method to specific myself. Nevertheless, with quarantine leaving me cooped up in my home for 4 months earlier than coming again to Notre Dame, I, like most individuals, didn’t placed on a pair of pants with an precise waistline for that whole 4 months. I’d say my general vibe was Katy Perry’s “Firework” as a result of sure, I did really feel (and look) like a plastic bag. With nowhere to go and nobody to see, type misplaced its which means for me. Give it some thought: What number of occasions have you ever saved an outfit since you didn’t suppose you’ll see sufficient those that day? Whereas type is a really private factor, it depends on different folks perceiving it. If nobody sees your outfit, did you even put on it?
In the future throughout the lockdown, I did a deep clear of my closet and determined to see if any of my associates would have an interest within the garments I wasn’t planning on maintaining. As I packaged up all the garments I needed to drop off, I held every bit of clothes and felt a wash of nostalgia come over me. Reminiscences of my first faculty go to, to my first day of school, to my first faculty get together got here flooding again. Whereas some could consider garments as simply items of material, I see them as a lot extra. They characterize our experiences, our likes and dislikes, our personalities. This nostalgia brings a way of consolation. That’s what I believe type is: being comfy in oneself. The garments themselves don’t essentially should be comfy, as long as the particular person carrying them feels comfy. Model represents who we’re, and we’re our most genuine selves after we really feel probably the most comfy and assured.
Being again on campus and having locations to go has helped me faucet again into my private type after feeling like I’d misplaced contact throughout quarantine. Curiously sufficient, dressing to see different folks leads me to decorate extra for myself as a result of I get to make use of it as a type of inventive expression. That is the place I discover consolation, in feeling assured with what I’m carrying. Wherever you discover consolation, I say do it in your individual type.
The views expressed on this column are these of the creator and never essentially these of The Observer.