Fashion, even though a rather simple thing, can sometimes enlighten us about other areas in life. The way in which we dress, embrace or reject trends, praise or critique others’ style is 100% related to the way we interact with others and act on a day to day basis. One of the more recent connections between fashion and life I have observed is the idea of “walking away.”
For me, this has always been a hard concept. I love trying new trends and seeing what works and what most definitely does not. But everyone can have the tendency to embrace fashion trends they shouldn’t. We have already discussed one of these fashion mishaps – tights as pants. It simply doesn’t exist and can go wrong so many more ways than go right. Thus, it’s better to avoid altogether.
Another popular look has been the short shorts and the tall socks with tennis shoes. Unless you are planning to find a pickup game of soccer, this is an unnecessary choice of attire. Sporty? Maybe. It, unfortunately, also borders on the inappropriate side.
The denim mini. I vividly remember these being the middle school staple. But in looking back, I can’t help but ask why? Other than being completely uncreative and producing a “blah” reaction, they kept getting shorter and shorter. I guess the designers simply ran out of ideas to make them “unique.” But their great endeavor was a great failure.
Hundreds of other popular trends have unnecessarily taken over our fashion world. The mermaid blue eye shadow and cat eyeliner, the white canvas keds, and the butterfly and heart necklaces were just a few. Now like I said, I am all about trying new and popular trends, but so often we should’ve just walked away. In all of these cases, I would have suggested a rejection rather than an embracement of the iconic items.
Learning to walk away is an important aspect of life that should be applied outside of the fashion world as well. As a child, I was always the first to chime in on anything and everything. I liked to claim my “love” for words and talking was a gift. But as a little girl, it was more of a lifestyle. I was additionally blessed with the gift of arguing. But my mother, in wisdom, often told me that I needed to learn to pick and choose my battles. Whether it is in a difference of opinions (scholastically, politically, spiritually) or difficulties in relationships (with guys and girls), some arguments or struggles are simply not worth it.
For example, as much as I love politics, the ongoing debates posted on social media sites are getting out-of-hand. The majority of the people who post controversial political statements are simply looking to start a debate anyways. So why spend time and effort in a pointless banter? Instead, I choose to walk away.
Relationships can require the same call to no action. Let’s be honest ladies. Often times, we settle for less than we deserve, based on lies our hearts and minds both learn to believe. We might not be smart enough or pretty enough, and that justifies being treated with less than respect. But that’s a bold faced falsity. We are perfect just the way we were created, and if a guy or friend can’t appreciate you for who you than they are not worth your time, love, or devotion. The answer? Walk away. Throw in the towel. And move on. You have bigger fish to fry.