My Dear Friends and Readers,
The above photo is of my mother and all of my siblings. It was taken in 1964.
When I first arrived from my country of birth,Guyana South America, I was four years old. My mother made most of our clothes. They were easy to make clothes with elasticized sleeve bands, an elasticized neckline and elasticized waists. She usually added a piece of lace around the neck or the sleeves but for the most part our dresses were fairly simple.
My first experience with needing a dress came when I was 5 years old. I was chosen to be the Sugar Plum Fairy in our school’s Christmas play “The Nutcracker.”
I was scared when I got that role and I decided I didn’t want it, partially because I was scared but mostly because I did not believe my mother could make the Sugar Plum Fairie’s costume,so I gave the role away.
I took the role of the rag doll. The rag doll wore a simple yellow dress with patches on it. It was not a speaking role and I/she lay on the stage half upright for most of the play. As I sat there and watched the Sugar Plum Fairy I had moments of regret.
Since then I have been very concerned about my clothes and my appearance in general. As soon as I could work I got jobs in clothing boutiques. However, I realized that my then salary of $2.20 an hour would never allow me to buy the beautiful clothes that I sold. But that’s another story for another day.
Since I have been a widow for the past six years it is only on the special occasion that I dress up. It is only on the special occasion that I wear my jewelry. It is only on the special occasion that I put on makeup. I intend to change this. I am going to dress as beautifully as possible every day of my life for the rest of my life. Why not?
I invite you my readers whether you are male or female to begin to take a special pride in the way that you look.
In this generation of jeans that hang below your butt, leggings, sweats and other casual wear “dressing up” is a way to stand out from the crowd. Today I am announcing I’m bringing well-dressed back. I hope that you will join me in a special effort to look your best each and every day no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
Send photos. I promise to post some of my “everyday” outfits.
With all of my love,
Brianna S. Clark
The Addict Writes