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I am wearing my new dress tonight - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
j4
j4
I am wearing my new dress tonight
When I am lost and low and alone I buy myself new clothes. I buy pretty clothes, bright patterns and colours. Sometimes I never even wear them; I try them on, though, and see them in the mirror, a magic web with colours gay. Mostly they just pile up on the horizon of my room, quietly accusing me of squandering my money on dreams. Often I have to dig through three or four layers of pretty clothes to get to the sensible things I wear for work: a patchwork of shadows, a muted symphony in grey and black.

From here where I am sitting I can see a silver satin skirt, a lilac blouse with ruffled front, a psychedelic patterned velvet suit, a hundred clothes I have never worn. Every day it takes me longer and longer to decide what to wear. Who will she be today? Cut out the paper dress and turn down the tabs.

Today I am wearing a purple cotton embroidered top and soft black corduroy trousers. I have had this top since the days when Debbie told me that purple and black were the essence of goth, and I trusted her on this, just as I trusted her to shape my tastes in music away from mazurkas and musicals, and towards fey boys with guitars who understood how it felt to be sixteen, clumsy and shy. For a while, she was my muse, and I believed that I would have trusted her with my life. But still the hardest part for you / To put your trust in me. I bought the corduroy trousers yesterday. They cost £2.50 from a charity shop, and like most of my trousers they are too long for me. I haven't grown since I was 16. I am wearing trainers, because they are comfortable; my many pairs of black Doc Martens are gathering dust upstairs. Some things change, some stay the same.

The purple top was overpriced hippy chic that I could ill afford on a 14-year-old's pocket money. I am 26 now, and I earn money of my own. I have mountains and mountains of things.



Look at all the pretty colours.

Current Mood: cocooned

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huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: September 19th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bringing to mind, of course, the classic chestnut:

"Whenever I'm down in the dumps I get myself a new hat."
"Ah, so that's where you find them!"

Wow. That black-and-white Op Art print is fabulous, as are the kiwi fruit. I wish I wore exciting clothes ever. Not counting dog costumes.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 19th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I nearly used "whenever I'm down in the dumps..." as my subject line, but I thought nobody would get it!

As for wearing exciting clothes -- Just Do It. It's easy! After all, everything goes well with black trousers. :-)
hairyears From: hairyears Date: September 19th, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hopefully you can tempt the Anonymous Admirer to take
e you out of an evening and show off the clothes. Or just be you.

Although I never quite thought of you as a Kiwi fruit.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 19th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anonymous badgers are nice but I really don't want anybody to take me out! I will wear the clothes to work, probably. Or maybe take them on holiday with me.
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j4 From: j4 Date: September 19th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
there's no real problem in it, apart from storage issues

And money!! Though I do only buy really really cheap clothes.

party this w-end

Thank you for the invitation but I'm afraid I won't be there... will be in the wrong country. Bad timing, sorry. :-/
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