Between now and mid-August, I’m giving myself a bit of a break on the blogging schedule. I’ll still be writing new posts a couple of times per week or as inspiration strikes, but I’ll also be re-posting some of my favorites from the past few years for your (I hope) enjoyment.
|Lt. Uhura rocked that uniform like no one else. Cool earrings too!
Even as a child I was a fan of science fiction, and especially loved the TV show Star Trek. In that program, the one overriding guiding principle of Star Fleet and the Federation of Planets was known as the Prime Directive. (While this concept could be a bit fluid at times depending on plot points, it was consistently referred to throughout all of the various Star Trek franchises.)
So what does a policy of non-interference in alien civilizations have to do with style? Not much, except that it was the first and most important rule from which all others flowed. Many of us have our own Prime Directive when it comes to our conscious and unconscious style rules. Some examples of a Style PD might be:
- To look thinner
- To look younger
- To look more sophisticated
- To project a specific image at work
- To look sexy
- To look pretty
- To look rich
- To be on the cutting edge of fashion
- To declare disdain for convention
- To wear only timeless classics
- To signal one’s allegiance to a philosophy, activity or social group (think Goth, Preppy, sports team jerseys, local norms, religious traditions)
- To be comfortable
These days, my Style Prime Directive is to dress joyfully. The manifestation of that may change from day to day, but the elements of joyful dressing for me are Movement, Color (not necessarily *vivid* color), Harmony, and just a bit of Edge. Maybe I’m just kidding myself, but I think that the resultant look is more flattering when I feel *good* in what I’m wearing. Confidence, bien dans sa peau, call it what you will, it’s a powerful force.
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