Dress in the Moment
I've always maintained that one could make a million dollars by opening a store that sold gloves in January and bathing suits in July. But it wasn't until last weekend that I realized the fantasy store's potential to help fulfill the quintessential American girl's dream: to dress like a French girl.
A delightful thing happened on my dash to the department store restroom last Saturday. Without that detour (long story) I would never have come face-to-face with what I've accepted as the impossible: Gloves for sale in January.
If you're American or in the US at the moment, I double dare you to find winter accessories for sale (messy bargain bins aside). A store stocked with coats and scarves is what happens in July, not January. Right?
So we're smack in the middle of winter and:
1) You can't replace cold weather clothing or accessories that are worn, torn, or tattered. This violates the "always be impeccably dressed" rule touted by literally every "foster your inner French girl" how-to.
2) You're more likely to spend more time dreaming about sunny yellow shift dresses, straw bags and sandals, than dressing impeccably in your winter attire. You get sloppy, you don't care, you let things go.
3) You're robbed of the pleasure of embracing the moment. You're reaching for the dangling carrot (wearing a pretty dress) and are routinely disappointed. After all, it's the middle of the winter.
The entire American sales/marketing cycle is seemingly set up so that you hate the season you're in, and lust after the one that's next. So in effect, you're never "dressing in the moment." You're buying the fantasy, not living the reality.
But the Parisian girl in my neighborhood is. Very much so.
After I saw the gloves, I started taking notes. The overwhelming majority were buying new scarves, checking prices on gloves or trying on new boots (and boy do they look fantastic when sporting all three). This evidence is admittedly anecdotal and based on very limited observations, but it's such a stark contrast to what happens in America that it got me thinking.
Want to dress like a French girl? Here's my theory: Embrace your scarf. Love your gloves. Clean your boots. Repair that little tear in the coat. Don't write off the season while waiting for the next.
In short: Dress in the moment. It dovetails nicely with that whole "living in the moment" thing don't you think?
PS. Guess what? Small business owners still sell winter gear. I selected these items because they're the types of gorgeous accessories I see on the streets here.
Merino Wool Cowl
Tubeway Arm Warmers
Embellished Tubeway Arm Warmers
Twist of Fate Cowl