Why do we keep things ‘for best’?
I received an amazing pair of shoes for Christmas – in fact, let’s just take a second to gaze on how adorable they are…
They are a little big, but nothing a pair of chunky socks won’t sort. And I love chunky knee high socks! I wore them the other day when I went out with my Mum.
“I thought you were keeping them”
Can we just take a few minutes to ponder the concept of ‘keeping something for best’ and how this actually means sometimes NEVER using it!
My mother did this when I was a child too. There were beautiful dresses, and pretty shoes, but all reserved for special occasions, and I had inevitably grown out of the outfit, having never worn it, before this mythical ‘occasion’ occurred.
When I used to put my own children in ‘nice things’ I was chided that they should be saved, that they would get dirty or ripped.
I will confess that my kids often got clothes dirty, but nothing my washing machine and a bit of scrubbing couldn’t handle.
In my 40 plus years of clothes wearing I have very rarely ripped any of them, so why are better clothes seemingly at higher risk of damage than every day ones?
Why own clothes if you are limited to when you are going wear them? I am not suggesting that you wear a ball gown to work to ‘get your wear’ out of it, or your P. J’s to the shop (that is another pondering for another day – what is that about!) but it is worth questioning your closet now and then and actually looking at the contents and why you own them.
I am part way through Marie Kondo’s ‘Spark Joy’ book; at the chapter where she questions why our best dishes are keep hidden in a box while we use everyday utilitarian objects that bring little pleasure in their use.
This principle can be applied to all belongings, but is most obvious in clothing.
I am a bit of a clothes snob, not in the sense of brands – love a good Primark haul as much as the next man! – but in that there are some things I won’t wear. Crocs or jogging bottoms are a definite no-no!
I also cannot, for the life of me, understand why people buy clothes that are already ripped! I have thrown away better clothes than some of what currently passes as fashion.
I think I may have hit peak ‘middle age’; A corner has been turned, and I am finally over turning 40! Most fashionable clothes look ridiculous – there I said it!
There is so much in our lives that we cannot control, but, for most of us, our wardrobe is entirely down to us. You should love everything in there, look after it by hanging it properly and do our ‘best clothes’ justice by wearing them more often.
Even my ‘lounge’ clothes are pretty – I work on the premise that if I wouldn’t answer the door in it, or be willing to be carried out into the street by a fireman in it, I probably shouldn’t be wearing it.
As Thomas S Monson states:
Don’t save something for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion
So go, get out your best shoes, and rock them!