I remember beginning this painting and what I was thinking.  I remember the plans I was making.  The dress has a pattern that I was going to add.  I was going to draw my arms so that I could work out the details of the pose.  I was going to — in short — finish it. 

To all my friends to whom I’ve said I was going to do this or that, I dedicate this post.  I have the most marvelous intentions to do things, and I have a sometimes miserable record as regards getting them done.  Mind, I found this painting (along with some others) in the attic.  It’s spring cleaning time, a task that I dive into with great vigor about every decade or so.

Well, I had wonderful plans.  But that’s not the half of it.  If I had known then what I know now — about the changing fortunes of clothing design — I would have bought two of everything and gladly been out of style wearing the same clothes today as then.  I could have stocked up, you know.  Could have had one of these dresses for every five years or so — to pull it out and wear again.

The colors were wonderful.  The style of the dress and its fit were perfect.  The cotton felt breezy and comfortable.  And it was a very pretty dress.  But, alas, fashion has not profited from helpful innovation of the sort we’ve seen in other sectors of the society and its economy.  Don’t know about you, but I think today’s fashions are atrocious (unless your from India, or Ghana, or someplace like that).

Oh, to have a whole closet of them … I loved that dress.  Had not even the prevision to finish it properly so that you could see how wonderful it was….

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6 thoughts on “Hindsight and Changing Fashion

  1. I know what you mean, Ben, when you say that procrastination is a word you do not like, but as an “English” word — you should reconsider, for though it’s connotations are irksome, the word itself is so crumbly sounding — pro-crast-in-a-tion.

    It’s onomatopoetic! What a mouthful! It takes such a long time to say properly. A word that dawdles along!

    Someone should write a poem about it! (Is there a poet in the house?)

  2. Haha – ‘procrastination’ – has a toasty sound to it (I might think about writing a poem about the word – if I ever get around to it – hahaha). It is a lovely dress and I know exactly what you mean (some clothes are just perfect and you wish that you had bought 5 or 10 of them, so they wouldn’t wear out with time).

  3. I was looking at translation for procrastination and found these:
    tergiverser, atermoyer
    It is not the same…funny to see when a word does not have an equivalent.
    I agree with you Aletah, it is also the sound that I do not like, it is like scratching a mosquito bite.

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