In my LGO post the other day, I showed you pictures from the 2012 White Stuff catalogue and observed that it looked exactly like me in 1981. I suggested that I should forget about all this self-re-invention sewing and revert to wearing clothes I recognise as "like me".
Beate commented: "But we are not 20..."
I have been pondering on that point.
Do we have to try harder as we get older?
Is it the old chestnut about becoming invisible as an older woman and having to wear more flamboyant clothing in order to be noticed?
Do I want to be noticed? (Answer: No thank you. Leave me alone. I don't like most other people. Especially the male sort.)
Christine said she doubted I really wanted to wear shop-bought clothes.
Oh... but sometimes don't you just want to give up trying so hard? Just take the easy option and pick some clothes out of a catalogue and wear them and not even think about it? Not worry if they are a bit too big, but are basically comfortable and warm and washable?
One pair of trousers / jeans.
Three t shirts.
A crew-neck sweater.
Isn't that enough?
And with that as a blank canvas, get on with your life?
Read and knit and crochet and paint pictures and write poetry and embroider and dance and paint the walls beautiful colours and grow vegetables and pick wild flowers and drink cups of coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.