Now I know I have expounded here numerous times on the saving grace of sweatpants. I have celebrated the ease with which designers have elevated the made-for-sport pant to a higher level. I have considered the merits of sweatpants with heels. I have deliberated over the confounding definition of sportswear and provided evidence of athletic-wear made appropriate for outside the gym. And yet, despite the wide acceptance of this comfy chic look, I am in the grips of another notion—the notion that I should get dressed. If you were inside my head right now you would be hearing this: Get dressed, Katrina. For goodness sakes really get dressed.
I have been thinking about this a lot lately; this idea of really getting dressed. The voice in my head recently magnified after seeing Inception. I know, I know. I am way behind the curve here. I just saw Inception and couldn’t help but be thoroughly impressed by the way that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur really got dressed. He wasn’t just wearing clothes, he was really dressed. He possessed a complete look with suit, vest and suspenders. The most stylish scene in the movie unfolded in a gravity-less hotel hallway and Arthur’s clothes, too, appeared gravity-less. Effortless and obvious. His was a character who simply would not dress any other way. It is what struck me most about his look.
The gravity-less scene planted an idea in me. (An inception, if you will.) Not that I want to wear suits and suspenders, but that I want an effortless and obvious look in the sense that my clothes simply fit—that I am truly dressed. How am I to do this? Well, it would certainly help to have a script writer and costume designer on hand to fully flesh out my character development, but in lieu of such aid I must turn elsewhere. Unfortunately, for all the time I spend looking at examples of cool and stylish women, my search for a way to truly dress that is effortless, yet obviously me, probably must come from some place a little closer to home.
Then again, maybe the voice in my head is simpler than I think. Maybe if I just follow the command and get dressed already I might find myself in clothes looking just that way: dressed. —Katrina Ernst
Credits: Photos by Stephen Vaughan – © 2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment.