Last week we celebrated Labor Day with family, friends, and food around the pool. But Labor Day dash is not about the food, not about the family and friends and not about the pool. But it has a little element about water.
In some respects, I am old school, I do things like my Momma’nem taught us. Back in the day, you did not wear white after Labor Day. Whether just a fashion trend or for some other reason, you just did what they said and it stuck with me. I may push it a little and wear white the month of September, but that is where I draw the line. Will I turn into a pumpkin if I wear white in October? Of course not. But my white is put on hold until spring time.
Now, this is where the dash, the hurry comes in. Since I do not wear white after Labor Day, the last of the summer I have been hurrying to wear my white. So, if you have seen me in a lot of white, they are not the same clothes, just the same color. Some are new pieces, bought on sale, and some old. I mix and match, blend the old and new and shop in my closet to make a fashion statement inexpensively.
I have always had an affinity for bargains. I call it favor. The central piece of this outfit was the white tunic with navy stitching. It was a bargain find of four dollars because it was the end of the season and it was beachwear. This is the water element. But just because it is called beachwear, does not mean you cannot wear it elsewhere. Next was a pair of wide legged linen blend pants that I have had for years. The silver INC espadrilles were a new purchase this summer for under fifteen dollars. I had eyed them earlier this spring and one day, they were on the clearance rack in my size, waiting for me. Patience pays off.
The woven leather silver purse is from years ago. The bracelets are my own creations, natural stone white beads and navy beads with sparkle. Selected metal beads and charms are included. God gives me wisdom and ideas to do this. It is a gift and I know it.
When I styled this outfit, I used one necklace from the closet but when I wore it, I accessorized with a multi-strand navy necklace and a white necklace from my creation. Do not be afraid to wear multiples. I do it frequently.
This could have been styled with navy pants, leggings, or even worn as a dress. You could also add a pop of red with the accessories, scarf, shoes, purse, a flower or pin, and necklace for a patriotic look. There are countless ways to change and interchange to make it look different each time you wear it.
God created us for His pleasure and we are His masterpiece. He desires us to shine. But He does not want styling and profiling to dominate. Inquire of the Lord how to put it in proper perspective. He wants you to include Him in your style decisions. Wait on Him to reveal to you what to wear, when to wear, what to buy and when to buy. Your waiting will pay off.
I trust God to protect my family, I trust God to choose my friends, I trust Him to bless my food. Even with my fashion choices, I trust Him. God always makes me look good.
Harriet Noel Jones