Thursday, August 11, 2011

She Wore Orange Pumps

One of the things about fashion is that it tells the world something about who we are. Maybe we're a subdued sort who wouldn't wear anything other than cream or heather gray. Or, maybe we can't imagine a week without some animal print popping up in our wardrobe.

When I was on a homes tour recently I spotted these orange shoes stored neatly on a closet shelf. They were above eye-level, but I spied them instantly. How could you not?

And I immediately made assumptions about the woman who wore them. This would not have been a shy, retiring sort? This was a woman of style. A woman who wasn't afraid to stand out in a crowd. Someone who knew what she was about.

Those orange pumps made me think a bit more about my own wardrobe. I will be the first to confess I am not overly interested in clothes. But, I do like my sparkly, vintage pins; my long skirts that are - amazingly enough - back in style at the moment; and the jeans I patched with some fabric printed in Africa. I'm not sure I have much of a style, but it seems a worthy question to consider.

I'd like to be the sort of woman who owns orange pumps, and more importantly, who wears them with grace. Alas, I'm not sure I am. If I ever see size 11 orange shoes maybe I'll buy them and see.


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