Thursday, November 6, 2008
Dressing to defy the gloom
It's cool, drab, and rainy this morning, and with last weekend's time change, the dark nights hit earlier; as we move toward the solstice, over the next six weeks, the days are shorter and shorter, and once we hit the solstice and they start lengthening again, we'll nonetheless have the two coldest months of the year to get through. This ornamental maple, stunning two weeks ago, is almost bare of its leaves now, and there are many months before its gorgeous chartreuse unfolds again in the spring. If only I could go back to bed this morning with a lovely thick mystery novel and spend the day, and perhaps most of the subsequent months 'til March, moving from there to my armchair, otherwise budging only to tend the fire and make pots of smoky tea.
Instead, I have to get "up and at 'em" now and plunge into the rainy dark to catch a ferry, so I'm trying to think what I could wear that will cheer me up. I could wear my skinny jeans tucked into my "fun rain boots" -- they're white-and-black-pin-striped with Barbie-pink accents, perhaps with a long black v-neck cashmere tunic-sweater, and hmmmm, now that I think of it, maybe my pink cheetah-print silk chiffon scarf.
Or just give into the gloom with all greys and blacks in swaddling, nurturing drapey-comfy fabrics.
Or defy it in black, crisper shapes, a bit harder-edged, my MK booties, and metal-detailed accessories.
Or a fun dress in a bright print, arguably more spring-appropriate but brought into late fall courtesy of dark tights and boots and a black cardigan.
Or wear a skirt with sequins or beads or bright embroidery, again toned down with the darker elements of tights, boots, and cardigan.
I'll let you guess what I choose, but I'd better go do that now, and get dressed, or risk being late, missing the ferry, and being stuck here, Sleeping Beauty like, 'til mid-March when the spring sun and crocuses coax me out like Prince Charming's kiss . . .
What do you wear to cope with the winter's oncoming darkness?