As I sat at table number 3 in the room rightfully named Queen, I watched as the birthday girl made her way throughout the room. The kisses and hugs were included like the beer and wine on the menu. She found herself in a room with family that hadn’t been in the same place at the same time for a while. I watched as she small stepped her way across the room to welcome the other tables. Whoever she couldn’t get to crowded her chair leaving warm smiles, cards and boxes of all sizes. I couldn’t believe she had just turned 100!
I marveled at the woman I call grandma turning a century old and began to think of all the memories I had with her and all the things she must have lived through. As I sipped on my slightly dirty Martini I noticed my grandma was wearing a skirt. Usually I wouldn’t think twice about it but it was strange that I couldn’t picture her wearing anything else. At that moment it dawned on me, my grandmother had never worn a pair of pants!
As the night and Martinis kept coming I couldn’t take my mind of the pants thing. I joked to myself that Grandma had never worn the pants in the house. I also began to think about woman’s clothing throughout the years and how it served as a uniform of some sort. The masses once embraced the direction of the sociopolitical powers that dictated fashion norms for men and women, but today that cookie cutter approach is no longer baked in. Today the creative woman defines her fashion sense it isn’t defined for her. She takes bits and pieces from the uniforms of different periods while striving to stay whole in the process; I wanted to embody that same sentiment with this post. Thank you Grandma for inspiring this story and for giving me someone to look up to. Even though you never wore pants you will always have a leg up on me and serve as a reminder to always keep it 100!
Double breasted jaquard blazer: Dries Van Noten
Belt: Vintage - Allan and Suzi
White Tights: American Apparel
White patent leather booties: Dorateymur
T- Pouch Clutch: Loewe
Shades: Oscar de la Renta c/o Ditto - Sign up with code: FLIRTYEYES to try a free month