“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes”
Thoreau may be right, but I still disagree with him. Maybe because I’m a woman, or maybe because I’m insecure, I sometimes think it’s appropriate to buy clothes for new enterprises.
This is not to say that I’m going out and buying Jimmy Choos (whatever they are) to wear to my upcoming writing residency. But I do need a pair of shorts that do not have paint stains on them, or worse.
It’s embarrassingly shallow, but I’m trying to figure out what to bring with me to wear. There may be a reading, so I need something I can wear in front of strangers that won’t embarrass my mother’s ghost. I want to bring a cute shirt or two should the residents go out for dinner one night.
Last time I went to a writing residency, I took my very best t-shirt collection. This was the right thing to do. It was casual, comfortable, and I felt cool. It doesn’t take much to impress writers, but they liked my sketchy bicycle t-shirt almost as much as I do. I’ll bring my cowboy boots for confidence and a jacket for instant respectability.
Can you dress yourself? What do you recommend for the woman who thinks that a tweed jacket (with elbow patches, natch) and jeans is high style?