LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — My usual morning routine involves picking out which outfit will be the “Costume of the Day,” then finding the accessories to match.
Pre-picking the outfit the night prior is out of the question, as the weather tends to change from overnight to morning and even from rising time to leaving time so planning ahead — which has never been my forte anyway — is usually wasted time.
It has always been my “thing” to try and match shoes with the outfit. Even in the days when I had to wear pullover shirts and khaki pants, I tried to match my shoes with the color of my shirt.
But in the world of an emergency vehicle chasing reporter, finding the right outfit and shoes is a daily challenge. Jumping ditches, wading through fields of weeds and mud, and standing outside amid mini-blizzards and blazing hot sun doesn’t fit well with heels and dresses, although the winter months do offer some variety when boots are commonly worn. I’ve seen the younger female television reporters stand for hours in heels that make me cringe in pain just looking at them.
Matching jewelry is not much easier than picking shoes. While my hoarding nature allows me quite a variety of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, the changing styles do not always fit my personal collection, requiring me to buy more items to compliment the existing mass of accessories in my bedroom.
But matching has all but faded away and the trend now is to contrast colors and textures. One of my least favorite childhood pictures is of me in a lavender blouse with a green jumper — probably about fourth grade. In the picture, I didn’t smile and I think it was because I had lost the argument with my mother that green and purple did not match.