When I was young, we spent summers at our country house in the Laurentian mountains, where my best friend also had a house nearby. Our families would go down to the lake, and we’d swim and read and play.
One of my favorite things to do at the lake was to create towel designs and put on fashion shows, strutting the catwalk (pier) in our towel couture. It’s amazing what you can come up with, using just towels: wrap skirts, toga dresses, turbans, shawls draped in various ways… Once you start playing around, you realize how many distinct looks you can conjure up with that one piece of material.
Which brings me to my point. Have you ever opened up your closet doors, stared at your closet full of clothes, and felt like you had nothing to wear?
Here is the real-world application of my towel couture reminiscences. (And no, my advice is not “wear towels”.) It’s really simple and it’s free: You already have a closetful of clothes; we all do. Take what you have and try it all on.
For the uninitiated, this concept – and it’s a favorite of mine – is called “shopping your closet”. Do this when you can afford to set aside an hour for this purpose (not when you’re getting ready for work!). Look over every item you have, try every item on, and mix and match and play around with the clothes you already own.
Is that shirt not working for you? Try tucking it into a high-waisted skirt or pair of pants… Knot it at the bottom and pair with jeans… Put it under a sweater with just the collar and cuffs peeking out… If you’re feeling funky, step into your shirt, wrap it around your waist and wear it as a skirt… Wear a pretty camisole under it and then cinch it with an obi belt… add a brooch… a scarf… a long necklace.
The wonderful thing about fashion and clothing is that there are endless possibilities… endless ways to look and feel beautiful. It’s just about finding the right look for you.
This is what you can do on your own. It will only cost you time and effort, but you will certainly come out of it with some fresh new outfits you’d never thought of coordinating before.
Whatever you do, though…
If you choose to leave the house in towel couture, please don’t mention my name to those nice men in the white coats.