The other day I was indulging in a bit of on-line shopping when I suddenly realised how much my choices are influenced by memories. A pair of shoes made of thin colourful leather straps reminded me of the time spent in Lithuania with my parents. Mum bought a pair of summer sandals that I really really loved. I asked her to take good care of the shoes, so they would still look beautiful by the time I am old enough to wear them.
A certain dress made me think of the one that belong to my mum. Hers was made of floaty deep blue floaty fabric covered in tiny white, yellow and pink flowers and pale green leaves generously scattered all over the surface. Mum always commented how comfortable and perfect that dress was for summer…
And come to think of it… I actually remember EVERY dress she had in her wardrobe. It was always more or less my dream wardrobe. I also remember everything I had in my own wardrobe and because, frankly speaking, every piece of clothing is associated with an event, I miss some of them badly and, without realising it fully, try to find pieces that somehow look similar to the “memories”.
Moving countries is always an experience and it forces you to leave some things behind. So in my case, building a new perfect wardrobe is, in some ways, a chance to find those precious moments and capture them in clothes and accessories because nobody can live without the past and the memories as they really make us who we are, including, as it happens, our style and choice of fashions.
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova & Neva in Field of Dreams | Vogue US November 2008 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)