In the movie “Steel Magnolias,” Olympia Dukakis’s character Clairee Belcher says “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize”.
That being said, I admit to having problems with the whole notion of accessorizing. I think I have a decent enough sense of style. I try to go for classic and conservative (or at least I try to) which has left me with a closet of varying shades of black.
But truth be told, I’ve always been a bit envious of those who dared to be different. I am one who gravitates towards neutrals. Colours and hues that put me nicely in the corner of a room so that I can safely observe my surroundings and be a spectator to the interactions and behaviours around me. Only opting into the social dynamic when I feel it safe to do so.
So I’m thinking of braving a foray out into the world of accessories. My collection thus far is fairly limited: A brown leather wristband with a big leather red poppy. A silver bracelet with a big bulbous glass heart that looks somewhat like a set of buttocks if you merely glance at it casually, another bracelet with stones of robin’s egg blue with two charms, a silver chain bracelet.
Sensing a theme here?
Bracelets are safe, they can be hidden under a sleeve if need be.
A limited collection of adornment, I know.
I’ve always been envious of those who can make the same clothes look like a whole new outfit by merely adding scarves or brooches or, yes, a multitude of bracelets.
Maybe I’ll try hats. I wandered into two milliner shops (what the world needs is more milliner shops. They are all so civilized) in Victoria a couple of weeks ago and spent a good portion of an hour trying on hats. I didn’t buy one though. I couldn’t visualize how I’d wear it (I know, it should be as idiot proof as simply putting it on my head).
Maybe I need a consultant.
I wonder if males have accessory issues. Wristwatch? Check. Baseball cap? Check. Where I come from if you’re male, accessorizing your truck seems to take precedence. Lift kit, hubcaps…
But I digress.
Anyway, I’ve been buying scarves. I wore one on the last flight I took. When I bent over to retrieve my suitcase from the luggage belt I had images of it getting tangled and having my body dragged around and around and around in between all the luggage. Next I wore a scarf to work and as I was at the paper shredder I imagined…
Which leads me to conclude that self embellishment will lead to death by strangulation.
Do eye glasses count as an accessory?