I received the best compliment the other day. After hearing me speak, a friend emailed me to say that I was “incredible at telling stories.” As someone who loves nothing more than a good story, but has never prided myself on my ability to tell one, I was incredibly flattered. After all, what is more interesting than a well-told story?
Being a lover of both fashion and fiction (or fact, depending), it has been brought to my attention that, more often than not, I tend to favor clothing that has a tale behind it. You can stop me on any given day and chances are that I will have a backstory to my outfit du jour. It’s not that I enjoy talking about style. Well, not just that. But, I have such an appreciation for fashion that I tend to go towards items that I find interesting, not only in appearance, but in background, as well. Clothing isn’t just a way to cover my body. It is an expression of myself, of telling stories; it tells a story, my story. Which, if you think about it, is kind of cool. Because, in that respect, it becomes so much more than apparel. It becomes unspoken communication. Obviously, I take dressing pretty seriously. And why wouldn’t I? As an aspiring storyteller, it’s just another tool in my tool belt (which probably has some kind of story behind it, too).
P.S. In case you’re curious, here’s the scoop on today’s threads. The handmade sweater was found on a vintage shop on Instagram. And the boots are by my favorite accessories brand. All of their pieces are made in Africa, providing the locals with sustainable employment. No such thing as a just a sweater and boots in my closet.
Photos by Michele LoBosco