It Starts With the Hat!
Thank you for the comment regarding The Style Crone’s outfit planning process. This practice has been a part of every day for many years. Just as some people love to write, paint, play a musical instrument or sing, I love to express myself by creating outfits. As I wrote in my bio, ” I spent most of my career working as a psychiatric nurse in an emergency setting. I also spent a period of time managing the care of people with head and spinal cord injuries. Choosing my outfits, which always included a hat, was a way to express myself creatively and as a form of meditation as I approached my day, which usually included extreme and painful stories told by interesting, traumatized people.”
In the year 2004 I challenged myself to create a different work outfit every day. My internal rule allowed me to repeat elements of an ensemble, but never the same combination. I found that with that challenge my creativity in other areas expanded as well. Usually the planning process starts the night before and all I have to do is walk into The Hat Room for inspiration. But it can also start with a pair of shoes or even a piece of jewelry. Planning for a special event can begin weeks in advance. And I find inspiration everywhere as I move throughout my day that brings to mind a piece in my inventory, and then my mind searches for possibilities that flow with the item that I’m focusing on. As I’ve mentioned before, this process gives my memory a workout and is the perfect ‘dementia prevention strategy.’ Additionally, it’s self entertaining, makes me laugh, reduces anxiety, and keeps me focused on creativity. And on top of that, Nelson has always appreciated The SC’s outfits! I was wearing a head wrap on the day that we met in 1997, which was an instant announcement of my fascination with headwear. I don’t think that part of me is going to change any time soon!