“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus
There probably isn’t a trend I haven’t tried when I was younger. I tried and failed miserably sometimes. One of those trends, the pleated skirt, has been the hardest to master. There is something about it I just couldn’t get right. What to combine it with, the right length, the right material… I looked too wide, too matronly, too unlike myself. So for years I admired others wearing beautiful pleated skirts, but I wouldn’t wear one to save my life. As the years past, the pleated skirt went and came every two or three years. But recently the midi version came back to fashion. It looked so fabulous on everyone, but my fears from the past kept me from trying it. Until I went to Japan and saw all these tiny women wearing voluminous, pleated, midi skirts everywhere.
The aesthetic was so charming. I pointed it out to my boyfriend several times. He asked me: “You seem to love those skirts. Sow why don’t you buy one?” I answered, “Because in the past I looked so awful in pleats.” He then said: “Why no try it again. You aren’t the same person. So maybe it looks different now.” And he was right.