I grew up with elderly parents who lived and fought in the war. When I was school aged, fashion did not play a large role in our house. My mom was a stay at home mom with little interest in clothes and my father was a bricklayer working in demin most of his life. Clothes were utilitarian in nature. Later when I went to high school, I didn’t worry or think about clothes much because I wore a school uniform daily for 4 years. A grey wool box skirt, white blouse, sweater vest, and knee highs.
I moved out to attend university and did not have money for fashion, as I was focusing on paying tuition, rent and food. I then started my career at the University in which I studied. Needless to say academics do not seem to be that fashion forward!
I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools. My Catholic faith ended after it stopped being forced upon me in school. I am very faith filled but not in an organized way. I believe in treating others with kindness. I have always admired my parents for immigrating from nothing and being totally satisfied with what they had. I don’t think they kept up with the Joneses’ because the Joneses’ were so far away from where they came from – any comparison was difficult to make. I was taught to only buy new or the best and only buy what is needed. They were against used. I think it was because that is all they had growing up.
**I try to stick with this philosophy but have moments of weakness.
I grew up in a Dutch house hold but our culture was never celebrated. My parents moved to Canada, only spoke English and tried to forget anything from the past. I was only influenced by Canada. As mentioned above, we did not shop regularly. My father went to shopping centres almost everyday in his retirement for a cup of coffee, but both of my parents were not shoppers. Academic culture has also influenced the notion that you don’t have to follow the gender stereo types of clothing. While studying at school most of my garments were black, black and more black. Did I mention black?
Family is the most important community to me. My husband has been wearing jeans and plaid shirts everyday (including to work – he is a social worker) since I met him in 1992. He has one pair of dress pants & shirt for occasions both happy & sad. My small circle of friends are way more fashionable! I am the type of person who invites the family to the big Xmas or Thanksgiving dinner and asks everyone to arrive in PJs. Because who doesn’t want to relax at these gatherings anyway!
I live in Canada. -50 with the wind is not uncommon in the winter. And +38 is not uncommon in the summer. I notice the heavy plaid shirts come out in the winter – never dress or skirts. This summer, since starting to sew my own garments – I have incorporated many more skirts in my daily wear.
I most recently have been at a weight – a little more (OK quite a bit more) heavy that I normally carry. I aged 40 plus now and think it is both age and life style. I love to sew with a glass of wine in hand. I have always been able to fit ready to wear garments with ease.