I have never particularly bought into the zeitgeist of summer, so it should come as no surprise that I feel hallow on this Labor Day’s Eve.
I have made my lemonade out of the lemons of summer fashion opportunities, embracing cotton brights to the point of resembling said lemons. I have purchased belts in a feeble attempt at heat resistant layering and visual interest. I have alternated straw hats as if they were wigs as a stab towards accessorizing. In other words, I have made my peace.
So what is it exactly that has me giddy as a school girl this hallowed eve? It is the silver lining on the cloud, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the light at the end of the tunnel that is cool weather. It is just a matter of weeks now that people will have to start wearing actual clothes. That’s right. Set your watches dear reader. Soon the bathing suit cover-up will go back in the drawer (or mercifully, in the beach bag) and off the streets of New York. See-through blouses will be packed away; of course not before we share a word or two about see-through blouses. Are you that proud of your bra? Why? Did you make it yourself? And please don’t try and tell me that is not your bra, it is a bathing suit top. Think about which dresser drawer you keep your bathing suits? Where in the department store do they sell bathing suits? Are you going to suggest that the visual merchandisers of America have it wrong, and bathing suits are in fact clothing? Well, than ask yourself; “what am I wearing UNDER my bathing suit?” If it’s touching your personals, it IS personal!
With that first cool breeze will also come the realization that one’s shorts are very very short. Newsflash: clothes should cover where the cheek meets the leg. And maybe, just maybe, if we have all been very good this summer, the cool autumnal breezes may banish the paper-thin white legging. Dare to dream.