How many clothes do we need? And how much should we spend? Clothing, is just supposed to serve as a covering”. Hmmm…doesn’t take a closet full to cover us, does it? But the fact is, clothes mean much more than that to us. We use them to boost our self-esteem or make a good impression. Or to either make a unique fashion statement, or fit in and not feel like an oddball. And we even shop as therapy for depression or boredom.
But should clothing define who we are? All we really need is a covering for our body. Something to make us decent and keep us warm.
I’ve often used to open my overstuffed closet, thinking “I’ve nothing to wear.” And then bought impulsively, trying to fill an imaginary need for clothing.
Is a simple wardrobe in Italy, the Land of Fashion, possible?
In case you didn’t know, Italy is one of the leading countries in fashion design. Actually if you didn’t know, I wonder where you’ve lived. Italian design became prominent during the 11th-12th centuries, when Italy’s artistic development was at its peak.
So fashion is extremely important here. People dress up even to run errands, or buy groceries! Contentment with the wardrobe is a constant struggle, because it’s hard not to make comparisons. It’s easy to feel like a Plain Jane. And that we never measure up.
But fashion is a shaky foundation for self-worth.
Outward appearance is not who we are. Shoes and purses, miracle makeup, and perfect hairstyles come and go. So placing our value and self-worth on them, puts them on pretty shaky ground, doesn’t it?
So we try to remember that what really counts is our inner self.
A pure heart and right spirit are lasting. Unlike physical beauty, they need never fade away. Now that’s a sure foundation for self-worth. And that helps make a simple wardrobe possible, even in Italy!
Do you often think “I’ve nothing to wear?” Maybe you’re trying to find self-worth in clothing.