I read this blogpost in the online Athens Voice the other day I thought appropriate to share. The writer, Gina Konstantinopoulou, writes about a seminar she attended – a talk given by Margarita Gourgourini entitled: Feel Good In Your Clothes. I’m just going to translate (and paraphrase) some parts I really enjoyed. (If you know how to read Greek, feel free to check out the actual article here.)
Konstantinopoulou writes about how attending a lecture on such a topic during a time of crisis feels a little strange…forbidden, even. Some would argue, she claims, that the last thing on anyone’s mind in a time of economic crisis is fashion…
And to this, speaker Margarita Gourgourini replies: “The crisis during the 40s and 50s was an unbelievable drama. War and poverty. Yet, women did not stop dressing and wanting to be beautiful.” Our author takes copious notes – about how women in those days wore red lipstick more than ever before…that even though they didn’t have money for pantyhose, they had fantasy and passion, and so they would draw, with a black pencil, a line (stitching) on the backs of their calves.
Duh, I never knew they did that!
According to Gourgourini, there are no trends. The word fashion, or moda, doesn’t really exist. There are only clothes that make you feel good. Because they look good on you. Because you want to wear them and play your individual role in life while wearing them. Because you want to take part in a bigger revolution in fashion – that is: there is no such thing as seasonal trends. There is a lot of information out there, a lot of variety; and this gives us the freedom to wear whatever we want. (Check out her blog here)
She asks the seminar participants to write down:
- One (or more) person who inspires you
- The image you think you project to the outside world
- What you want to be
Our author talks about how the woman next to her complained that her neighbor was copying. (Greek people rarely mind their own business. You Greeks out there reading this know what I’m talking about.) Gourgourini responded that worst thing that anyone can do is to copy someone else’s style. It’s like swallowing food that you don’t take the time to chew properly. I like that, and happen to agree…
So the idea is, do what you want – but here are some general tips: (which is contradictory to me, but whatever…they’re good tips)
- Three colors rule – If you want to stray from blocking one or two different colors, you can do three! Even if the colors have nothing to do with one another, the result is usually interesting and fresh.
- You can also do one color and two prints. So fun!
- Find out what your size is, and love it.
- Make sure your shoes are in good shape – or if they’re not, then make sure they are tastefully worn-in.
I would add: Be sure to have good hygiene. No one likes people who smell.