Sentimental Attachment

2014-10-27

Sentimental Attachment
sentimental_AlexRoseCowie_PastelNeoprenePoised Most clothes that find themselves sitting in my wardrobe are only there for a limited amount of time before I replace them with something of a better quality or a new style. I think that this is normal for most of us, as fashion and styles change, we change too. Those tiny skirts that you once wore to clubs in your varsity days are eventually going to need to be replaced with skirts that are appropriate for work. I have fun with the clothes in my wardrobe but, when the time is right, I let them go quite easily. There are, however, a couple of pieces that I may hold onto for longer. My debutante's ball gown, matric dance dress, full-colours school blazer and the dress that I am about to share with you, all have sentimental value and a special place in my wardrobe. While I might replace all of the other items, these will always remain. I bought this dress on my first trip to the United States - which also happened to be the first trip across the world that I had taken on my own. Nervous and excited, I found myself arriving at JFK airport in New York City. The first thing that I saw as I popped up from the subway into the city was the Empire State building and I felt completely miniscule in a city of skyscrapers where everyone seemed to be in a dizzying rush 24 hours a day. In order to adjust to this foreign world, I did what any tourist would do: I familiarised myself with my surroundings. I visited the Rockefeller Center, took walks through Central Park, jumped on the Giant Piano, danced with the Naked Cowboy in Times Square, watched a Broadway show and, naturally, shopped my heart out. sentimental_AlexRoseCowie_ScallopedFeltLadyLike To describe my attachment to this specific dress, I also need to share one of my greatest interests with you. I am completely travel-obsessed. My first overseas trip was to Australia at the age of four and, since then, I have been completely infected with the travel bug. Absolutely everything about going to new places piques my curiosity. I love to learn about new cultures, indulge myself in the history of the area that I'm visiting, learn basic greetings in the different languages and try traditional foods. I'm constantly thinking about where to go next and reading as many books as I can to learn what to expect from my next adventure. While I was in New York, I bought this dress because I thought it was structurally beautiful with its rouging in the centre and boning which kept it straight and snug. It fitted like a glove when I tried it on. The blush colour of the dress just added to its beauty. The length of it also made it appropriate for a variety of different occasions, which is always important to consider when investing in a great dress. I haven't regretted buying this dress at all - quite the contrary actually. From New York, I flew to California to meet a friend and, together, we went to Las Vegas. While in Vegas, I had the chance to wear my new purchase for the very first time. We went for dinner at The Bellagio Hotel, followed by watching Cirque du Soleil's 'O', which was something I will never forget. My dress is almost a token of such a spectacular evening. sentimental_Peach Plastic Ladylike Back home, I have also had very special moments in this dress. Without a doubt the most important one was when I wore it to my sister's Debutante Ball, which was such a special evening that I shared with her, along with my family. It was the first time that I had looked at my baby sister and thought, "Gosh, she's not a baby anymore." Times that you get to dress up and spend time together as a family are so precious and I cherish those moments dearly. Certain items in our wardrobes become sentimental pieces and ones that we will keep for ages because they are a tangible object that directly relates to an intangible memory. They invoke nostalgia. While we may not wear them often, sometimes just to touch and feel these items will trigger memories and emotions. My full-colours blazer reminds me of how much I am able to accomplish. My matric dance dress reminds me of how beautiful I felt that day. This dress that I bought in New York reminds me of the independence that I accomplished in order to travel across the world alone, and the confidence that it took to get there. The sentimental pieces remind us of various moments in time that we wish to never forget and they're possibly the only time one might justify material attachment. Sentimentality can also be what inspires us to take care of our clothes, seek out garment tips to keep these items in tip top condition and make sure that you always have the best stain removal products on hand. After all, you don't want a nasty stain preventing you from trying to slip into that little number that is soaked with beautiful memories. Click the link to learn more about how our fashion choices have the power to influence our moods, memories and emotions.   Skip Princess Project sentimental_SiyaamAlly_GoldPolyesterVivacious Matric dance dresses exude the story of a 12-year-long school career finally coming to an end. Adorning her dress, this young woman is ready to step out of her school career and into her adult life. For months in advance, the glitz and glamour of the evening is discussed in depth. What to wear? What colours? What accessories? Which pair of shoes? How should I do my hair? Unfortunately, for a vast majority of matric girls this dream remains merely that; a dream. Those excited conversations about the dress and accessories are simply whispers in their minds. The fact is that the majority of South African parents simply don't have the financial resources to have a dress made or even buy one off the shelf – even second hand. This is why Skip is thrilled to be a sponsor of The Princess Project. The idea? Let's all donate ex-evening outfits, wedding dresses, ball gowns and matric farewell outfits that are longing for another chance to be in the spotlight. For more information on the Princess Project, please visit their website and see the impact that is being made: http://www.princessproject.co.za/. Look out for next year's activities brought to you by Skip and the Princess Project.