Therese butting in for a second to announce that Liz Michalski, a frequent guest here at WU and assistant editor of the WU newsletter, Writer Inboxed, will be contributing here on WU the blog more frequently! I’ve always enjoyed Liz’s unique posts, and I think you will as well. Please join me in welcoming her!
Clothing Your Characters
Confession time: I am a fashion faux pas.
It could be the eight years I spent in a Catholic school uniform so plaidly hideous, my fashion taste buds withered and died.
It could be my first job as a newspaper reporter. (Poorly paid but righteous in their desire to report the truth, print reporters, as a rule, are the worst-dressed people in the room. ) Add in an equine addiction and a horse who required $150 in steel shoes every other month, and you’ll understand why my own soles were happy just to have bargain-basement sneakers.
That changed a few years ago, when I had an unexpected event. Normally, I’d call my sister or a friend and borrow an outfit from their closets, but neither were around. So I bit the bullet, went shopping, and walked out with a lovely dress that fit me — not my sister or my friend. I didn’t have to roll up the sleeves or tape up the hem. I went to my event and rocked it. And that, my friends, was my fashion awakening. At my very advanced age I finally understood that clothes, do indeed, make the (wo)man.
They also make the character.