There’s much to be said about the opportunity that our clothing gives us to be deliberate and to articulate how we present ourselves. When I was in my early 20s I used to be very much on the side that viewed clothing as a purely practical thing—clothing protected you from the elements, let’s move on and focus on more important things.
And it’s true: at its most base, that’s its function. But it’s also a way to present yourself and a way to express some message or marker. It’s not even just an armor from the elements, but I’ve also heard it identified as an armor from the slings and arrows of everyday life. You’re sad? Put on something bright. You’re insecure? Add something you love.
The older I get the more I recognize how important it is to act deliberately in pretty much everything we do and to try to leave our mark on things and express who we are, even if it’s through a bright yellow pair of pants.