MINI PENNY: Fashion Challenge Day Twenty-Two: Your Favorite Era

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fashion Challenge Day Twenty-Two: Your Favorite Era

I struggled with this. I dig the 20s and their flapper style. I love the dresses of the 40s and 50s. I adore everything 80s from pop star to punk rock. I currently own a lot of clothes that have the 90s grunge revival feel. How am I supposed to pick a favorite?

I'm not going to pretend to be one of those people who say "Oh, I'd be so much happier if I lived in so-and-so decade." Nostalgia has its limits and I'm not entirely sure I've found how I feel about idealizing certain time frames. When it comes down to it, I love living right now — with all of the Twitter and smart phones and music and information overload. Every day there is something that inspires me to dress a certain way for that day. I can see a time period movie and change my makeup routine for a week or see a great Tumblr image and buy some hippie-style round sunglasses. And the best thing about right now is that we can build off of every previous era and make it our own.

Woody Allen wrote for Midnight in Paris, "Nostalgia is denial of a painful present." The way I look at is, my present isn't even close to being painful. I don't need nostalgia to escape it. I prefer to live in the now, live for myself, and dress the way I feel, the same way many young people before me have done!

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