By Lesley | June 30, 2009
Even in childhood, the most expeditious way to get me to accomplish something was to tell me it’s impossible. Earlier this month I twittered about my new obsession with procuring a pair of desert boots to wear with summer dresses, and a buncha people (both on Twitter and in the fabled Real World) said HELL NO, TERRIBLE IDEA. I was curious as to other folks’ responses because I was having trouble envisioning the combination clearly, and my Google-fu failed to drum up more than two images online, both of which featured tiny little skinny teenaged models and weren’t real useful in imagining my fat self in the same ensemble. And yet the moment people started saying “No!”, it only fueled my desire. Just to be contrary. So I made it happen. And I couldn’t be happier with the result.
I take umbrage at the idea that anything in fashion is truly impossible. Think you can’t wear something? Try it on anyway. The worst thing that can happen is you’re proven right. The best thing that can happen is you’re proven wrong. But assuming what does and doesn’t work based on rules and authority from on high? That’s no way to go through life. Whether we’re talking about fashion, or any other damn thing.
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