I think I suffer from Accessory Apathy. It’s a fashion deficiency that seems to grow more evident the deeper we move into the fall and winter months.
No, you won’t find Accessory Apathy in the dictionary. Heck, you won’t find it in the Urban Dictionary, which is sayin’ something. So, I’ll give you my definition:
The inability or unwillingness to actually wear clothing accessories post-purchase despite the consumer’s good intentions at the time of acquisition. Said inability can be caused by lack of planning, time constraints while dressing, or the simple inability to recreate the fashion seen out and about town.
My deficiency kicks in more often than I’d like to admit. I see something on someone else, I rush out and buy something similar, and then it languishes in my closet until spring or fall cleaning hits.
Scarves are a great example. Just the other day I was walking into our local Tulsa Nightwriters meeting when I saw a woman with a beautiful scarf artfully wrapped around her neck. My first thought was, “Hmmm, I wonder how she wrapped it that way.” My second was, “What difference does it make? You’ve got a ton of scarves at home and your six year-old uses them for capes more often than you wear them!”
Duly noted, pesky conscience.
Another symptom of my Accessory Apathy are hats. They look so cute on everyone else. When I put them on? Ugh. I think maybe my head is deformed or something, but they never look right. Not even those cute little crocheted head wraps look right on me.
Maybe I need a fashion expert to guide me. Or to get up fifteen minutes earlier. Who knows.
What about you? Are there any style changes you wish you had the skill, time, or shape to pull off, but can’t quite can’t get there? Do you care?
Maybe I’ll get lucky and the next fashion trend will be a simple composition of Levi’s, tanks and/or flannel shirts, and boots. That one I can pull off on a regular basis.