So in between bee stings and busted fingertips, I went to my high school reunion. And…it was really weird in many ways, for obvious reasons that boil down to warmly awkward social interactions and existential evidence of the inexorable march of time. While it was fun in a surreal way and genuinely nice to reconnect with a lot of people, sometimes I felt like I wandered into an episode of “Arrested Development.” Maybe it was the florescent lighting all night, or all the new jack swing the DJ was playing. It was just weird! Weird but oddly fun. Maybe in the way getting laughing gas at the dentist can be, and you wake up with a hangover and are like “WTF?”
I actually wasn’t going to go but then, talking with an old high school friend of mine, changed my mind at the very last minute. (Like, there was literally half an hour left before the deadline to buy a ticket passed.) And of course I thought about what to wear. I have lots of sartorial refugees from my formerly semi-glamorous louche NYC lifestyle, really great dresses that are statement-y and bold. But I decided to go for comfort and wear leggings because I just wasn’t feeling fancypants about the occasion — I actually felt like, “What the hell did I get myself into?” But of course, they had to be fancy leggings; I couldn’t roll in as a complete slob. The nice thing about being in the land where fashion forgot is that no one cares that leather leggings are, like, so six seasons ago. I felt comfortable, and even better, I felt like myself, especially with a nice structured blazer. This outfit is actually a bit more minimalist than I usually am, but it felt stripped down and chill, which is very me at the core. (If anyone ever asks me to define my style, I will just say “chill.”)
In a way, it was nice to use clothing to create ease and peace instead of, say, proclaiming myself in some way. The temptation at occasions like these is always to prove yourself: prove that you won at life, that you’ve done well and succeeded. I sort of just felt, “Ah, well, this is who I am and where I’m at.” And that attitude and my relatively chill outfit let me relax and take in the occasion and really enjoy the good parts of it. Plus, the nice thing about those leggings is if you spill something on them, you can wipe it right off. See, I’m really a super-practical girl after all!