I often lament the casualness of today’s society. Not that we should be stuffy and pretentious, of course! But I tire easily of the “let it all hang out” mentality, whether it’s regarding manner of dress or manner of speaking (I can’t tell you how many people I have met who divulge their life story immediately upon introduction). To make matters worse, I live in south Florida, which is very casual, especially with clothing. Being close to the beach, it’s not uncommon to see people running errands still in their swim suits and flip flops with sand in their hair.
I was in the grocery store the other day and a woman passed me with her daughter sitting in the shopping cart. I was immediately struck by the mother’s appearance, being so different from every other woman in the store. She was medium height, trim, but not too thin. She was wearing jeans, with a little tailored jacket. The jacket was mostly white with a slight hint of very pale green and pink flowers. Peeking beneath the jacket was a slightly brighter shade of green top. It was colorful, without being too much. She was wearing little kitten heels. Her hair was styled, but still soft, and it fell onto her shoulders in soft waves. She had excellent posture and walked very gracefully. Her daughter, who looked to be about 4 years of age, was equally well dressed. She was in a pretty little pink sundress with white sandals.
Too often women don’t take care in their appearance when running errands, and mothers can be the worst offenders (I’m a mom, and I have certainly been guilty of donning the “mom” look when going out). This woman’s appearance was so rare, she was so striking, that I actually stopped my cart and stared at her. And then I realized something: the way this woman was dressed was the norm in Paris, at least from what I observed. I saw women running in and out of the different stores, including a grocery store near our hotel, and they were almost all well dressed. Not that all the women were wearing haute couture to pick up their pain au chocolat, but they were at least dressed in a similar way to the lovely woman in my local grocery store.
I’ve made efforts recently to really improve my appearance even when I’m going about my mundane tasks, however, I haven’t been as consistent as I would like to be. This woman inspired me! I’m making a vow to myself to never leave the house in my workout clothes or mom jeans again. In fact, I think I will throw away the mom jeans!