As a wardrobe stylist, I think a lot about personal style. I love clothes and accessories but I prefer to wear only the ones that flatter my body and that reflect my personal style. And when I work with my clients, I like to get to know them and help them reflect their respective personal styles. Everyone has a unique style and to me, it’s fun. Working with my own personal style is a way for me to cope with the COVID-19 crisis or any other crisis.
I’m also thinking a lot about Moshiach. That’s not unusual in times of crisis- we always hope for a quick fix to any crisis and the Geulah Shleimah would actually be the best fix. There are all kinds of predictions going around and I’m a bit skeptical about the specifics but I’m still hoping that Moshiach will get here and end all of this. Just yesterday, a friend of mine said that the way this world is so turned upside-down is a sign that Moshiach is on the way. I’ll buy that. Achakeh Lo B’CHol Yom Sheyavo.
But then I’m thinking about what I can do to bring Moshiach faster.
There are those who are saying that we women need to be more careful about tzniut and stop wearing shaytls that are too provocative and natural-looking. Well, I can’t get rid of my shaytls. I made a decision long before I met my husband that I wouldn’t wear a shaytl and so I don’t even own one. Plus, I feel that shaytls are a valid hair covering and that blaming shaytls for any crisis is just a smoke screen.
There are those who talk about upping our mitzvah game. I have no objections there. But there are good ways to present that and bad ways. I don’t like the idea that the COVID-19 crisis or any other crisis is caused by any laxness in any particular mitzvah. That’s the kind of thing that’s terribly off-putting.
But I think that personal style can help. Everyone is unique and everyone has his/her own unique personal style. I supposed it’s easier for me to accept that when I work with clothes because it gets my creative juices flowing. But it’s something I can do that might help. It’s all about accepting our fellow Jews and reaching out to them with love no matter who they are or what their personal style is. After all, our current exile was generated by Sinat Chinam- baseless hatred, and now we can end it by practicing Ahavat Chinam- unconditional love.
I’m going to keep getting creative with my clothes and with my personal style and I’m going to enjoy helping others find and express their respective personal styles. And when Moshiach gets here, it won’t matter what his personal style is- we’ll just be happy to have him. I just hope he gets here soon because we need him NOW!