Flashback to your 8th to 10th birthday party (more so if it fell in the winters). If you grew up in India as a more or less '90s kid then the chances are your mother definitely wrestled you into a turtleneck and a dress or a pinafore over that at some point of time in your childhood. I know my mother did. I cannot quite remember my feelings about my style then but I guess I was always one of those 'I will rock your socks off' with my 'can-do' attitude and not just my hideous clothing kid. Seventeen years later, big mama's epiphany about everything in life, learning to do house hold chores and appreciating her cool sense of style has come a full circle. I'm voluntarily adding layers under and over my dresses and jumpsuits, that are complete in themselves to begin with. The much abhorred turtlenecks are hanging pretty in my closet and probably mock me amongst themselves every time I put one on. Maybe love has something to do with it? Love is the strongest of emotion and while Dumbledore identified that much earlier on in life, me, much like Voldemort am still struggling to find the deep connect between style and love.
This was just one instance. Carrie's style in Sex and the City had such a strong undertone of emotions too. Love, for instance. When Carrie goes to Paris, it's almost like her wardrobe has a complete overhaul. Of course the directors wanted to dress her grandly for Paris but maybe what my psychoanalysis tells me is that the character as written, was in love with Aleksandr Petrovsky (then) and the idea of Paris and it determined her choices of clothing.
Personal style is obviously deeply connected with how women feel emotionally but does it have a strong, direct bearing on love as an emotion? I would love to hear what you think. Especially if you wear a certain set of colours more when in love. A certain style of clothing that you always associate with love, of any kind.
Meanwhile, here's me doing what my mama told me to do seventeen years back and finally enjoying it. Wearing teeshirts under my jumpsuits and wind breakers over them.
Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project
Bag: c/o Stalk Buy Love
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Velvet choker: River Island