Wednesday, April 19, 2017 96 Comments
Interpretation vs. Replication
How do I choose to dress myself today . . .
and how does that affect my brain?
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Brain-Based Series
2nd Collaboration with Jodie’s Touch of Style
Even if you’ve never been aware of the concept of “Mom Jeans” before you read it here, the Moms with teen-aged daughters anywhere near their size don’t need a definition:
If your daughter hasn’t already tried to abscond with your favorite pair of jeans, put them in the Mom Jeans pile, meaning, according to the Saturday Night Live sketch, “Over the hill, lady, just give it up!”
Related Video: Original Mom Jeans Parody
Apparently, 7-9″ zippers are verboten, since waistbands are not allowed anywhere near anyone’s natural waistline anymore.
Even those styles that first came out as “hip huggers” many decades ago ride too high to please teen-aged fashionistas or the networks today.
Still unsure of their own opinions, the kids band together to undercut everyone who no longer has (or never had) the body to dress like they do, and the networks seem willing to do practically anything to curry favor with this demographic.
Something similar seems to happen every generation. We Boomers, remember, turned a skank eye on all of the preferences of the grown-up population when we were teens: “Don’t trust anyone over 30!”
Nobody’s Safe from Censure
Get real. Bodies change as time goes by.
Priorities change too.
Moms & Dads agree
Working hard to be able to send the twins to college somehow totally eclipses spending time in the gym to keep those washboard abs in show-off shape.
Paying for braces for those teen teeth means that questions about fashion are likely to be replaced by far more practical concerns:
- Does it fit at all?
- Is it clean enough?
- Does it need mending? Or ironing?
- Can I breathe in it?
And who cares anyway?
Everybody knows they won’t be pleased until they are decades older themselves, no matter what we choose to put on our bodies.
And aren’t we pleased as punch that we are no longer in the throes of a time when fitting in with the in-crowd – or rebelling against them – was all that mattered?
Still, being comfortable in our own skin doesn’t necessarily mean giving up, giving in, freezing solid in time, or attempting to keep up with the Joneses’ kids.
So I am continuing the 3-part series with Fashion Blogger Jodie Filogomo of Jodie’s Touch of Style. We are using the various ways in which women play with the idea of fashion at different points of their lives to illustrate the importance of play, choice and change to healthy brain aging, taking advantage of the miracle of neuroplasticity.
Just Tuning In?
Jodie models looks and clothing more likely to appeal to 40-50-somethings, her stepmom, Nancy is the 60’s model, and her mom, Charlotte is the 70’s model.
- Making friends with CHANGE – introducing the link between neuroplasticity, epigenetics & playing with fashion
- Change your Clothes, Change your Brain? – introducing the first challenge – beginning to make friends with change