Clothing and the Common Arts

Lunch at the Curious Palate — up on the balcony

Good Morning, God!

Yesterday was filled with many things but one that was quintessentially typical of Suzy was shopping. Not shopping as mindless consuming, though. Shopping with Suzy involves Advanced Logistics and Complex Decision Trees.

My shopping normally involves a quick stop at Ross’s with minimal questions of 1) does it fit and 2) do I like it 3) how low is the price. So, I marvel at all the additional factors, stores, websites and price points  involved in Suzy’s sartorial searches. Such Complexity!

I do appreciate Dressing as an Art Form, God. Even with my humble wardrobe I very much enjoy matching the colors of bracelets, earrings and shoes. In colder climates one can add scarves as accessories which — thanks to gifts mostly from Suzy — I also enjoy. Simple joys!

Now, God, I’m sitting here thinking of the Chinese under Mao with their utilitarian blue jackets, and how they are now delighting in diversity and colors. Then there were the sober dressing Puritans who were reacting to the extreme excesses of dress in the British ruling class. Hmm. Now comes the thought that the cost of dressing for the Court at Versailles played a part in the horrific oppression of the peasants which in turn led to the French revolution.

Keeping things in Balance is never easy. And it seems almost to be the Nature of Things to flow into Excess and back into Restraint.

But, for now, I am appreciating that we humans have a long history of loving to adorn ourselves — creating, as it were, Our Outer Selves. There is something quite satisfying in the process of selecting and combining what we wear. It is not Fine Art. But, it is Art nevertheless. Art in its most accessible form.

So thank You, God, for broadening my appreciation of the Common Arts.

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