I can remember talking Mama into buying me a pair of shoes when I was in junior high that the store only had in a half size too small for me. I convinced her that they fit fine. Actually they hurt terribly every time I wore them — but I thought they were wonderful, so I was willing to put up with hurting feet! Impractical is buying and then wearing shoes that are too small for you, but style definitely trumped comfort back then.
I remember Mama buying me a beautiful white angora sweater as part of my school clothes for my senior year of high school. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever owned and I couldn’t wait to wear it. So the first fall day I got up and it was a little crisp and there was some frost on the grass, I wore it! Unfortunately, it was so early in the fall that it warmed up quickly and was down right hot by the afternoon. I absolutely sweltered in that thick, very furry sweater by the time I got home. But, I wasn’t sorry I had worn it because I was sure I looked good! Again, I was impractical because I wanted to be stylish and didn’t care about comfortable!
When I was little I can remember old women wearing their nylons (of course, nylons were two separate stockings then) rolled down around their ankles. They would put an elastic garter (which looked like bigger versions of the elastic hair bands that you use now to hold poney tails) in the top of their stockings and then rolled the stockings all the way down around their ankles so that they had a nylon on their foot with a perfect roll of brown around their ankle and bare leg above that! I have no idea why they didn’t just wear cotton anklets, but I’m guessing they were simply being practical and making do with what they had. Comfort and practical beat out style.
When I went to the party at DD’s in Chicago Saturday night, I proved that I have definitely arrived at the “practical beats out style” time in my life now.
When I was getting ready for the party I realized I had made a slight “packing error” — I had packed two different black earrings!
There was a time in my life when I would absolutely not have worn those earrings, but I’m much more comfortable with who I am now. And it was practical just to wear what I had — so I wore them.
I had a terrific time getting to visit with DD’s wonderful friends, and no one seemed to notice my “eclectic” earrings.