You’ve heard it a million times:
“Fashion changes, but style endures”--Coco Chanel
Like all cliché quotes, this one gets old, but there’s a reason why it has reached that level. Basically Coco was right about a lot of things, from this fact to tweed two-pieces (the list really does go on). Authenticity is so key to whatever you wear, and thus the expression of who you are at any given moment.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, but more specifically in regards to what one wears underneath their clothes. While my sense of style evolves, my sentiment that it is intrinsically me stays the same. However, I’ve never really felt this way about what I have on underneath all the “Me”. In fact, I’ve felt quite the opposite. While outwardly I couldn’t feel more like myself in my clothing, that same attention to what feels authentic underneath that hasn’t really happened. Or rather, I guess I am still figuring it out. My collection of undies ranges from cotton skivvies to some rather risqué lingerie. The funny thing is that while I have never felt like “me” in a lot of it, I do feel much more comfortable and like myself in my basic white panties than I ever do in anything else. This idea has really inspired me to think about how to cultivate what lingerie means in my own life.
Women have a lot thrown at them about what it means to be hot, sexy, worthy of love, etc. Unfortunately, this is not news. It is not only important to think about what a woman can do to define those things for herself, but how does that in turn shape her own identity, and the way she empowers and views herself? No, underwear isn’t clothing, but it is intimate--for lack of a better word. It is closer to you than your clothing (literally), and figuratively it should feel like you too.