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.
In today’s world, the styles are confusing for us “back in the day” folks. We ‘layered’ for cold weather but that included tucking in an undershirt or thermal shirt under our regular shirt, then covering up with a heavy coat and hood. We had to tuck in our shirts and your shirt and if it came out, you had to immediately tuck it back in before anyone noticed. Modern styles with the short jackets now allow blouses and shirts to extend beyond the jacket level — something still hard for me to accept, although I admit it doesn’t look as bad as I was taught.
In my day, cowboy boots were for country people and were strictly to be worn with blue jeans, not with frilly skirts and shorts. The trend of combat boots and work boots paired with shorts would have sent my elders into a frenzy. Even now, that trend causes me a double take. Scarves were wrapped around the neck to keep out the wind and cold; today they do double duty as a scarf and as a substitute for a necklace.
Long necklaces and chains are also back in style, as are the big earring styles I wore in the 1970s. Many necklaces now feature delicate ribbons woven through and around beads and chains, while some just offer a jeweled chain as the centerpoint, secured by a ribbon that completes the necklace.
But as a hoarder, the new styles offer some creativity with the existing jewelry. Now all those necklaces and chains, that have gotten shorter and shorter as the neck got thicker and thicker, can be updated with just a pretty ribbon attached to each end, minus the clasp on each end.
Which once again proves my point to the “hoarder haters” — if you keep it long enough, rest assured, it WILL come back in style!