ANKARA STYLE // A SIMPLE ANKARA SKIRT

I'm still reading the book A Woman's Guide to a Simpler Life by Andrea Van Steenhouse, PH.D. with Doris A. Fuller which I first mentioned I started reading here. I'm in the third chapter. Yes, I've been mindfully reading it and that means I've been reading it at a slow pace. The book was published as far back as 1996, but I still find it relevant for today. I'm on the chapter on Simplifying Our Ornamental Life. It's very appropriate for me at this point in my life as I told you here that I was struggling with a wardrobe purge/cleanse, which thankfully, I have achieved. How? I dumped it all out. Not everything though, but a lot of what I had purchased in the past years for varied reasons. I've come to a point in my life where my values have changed. Some things that used to matter don't matter anymore and vice versa. Have you had such a change in values? 

The book is true to its teachings in that itself is written in basic simplicity which is the core foundation of everything; the basics. Even when building a magnificent wardrobe one must begin with nailing down the basics; the bare bones on which flesh and muscles are built. It's still a work in progress, as is everything in life and yes there will still be items I will add to my now minimal wardrobe because it serves a purpose. One of such is this African Wax Print fabric which I got as an Asoebi. It served its role of letting me support someone in the way I could and equally allowing me to build up my 'African-ness' as I mentioned I am of the mind to purposefully build.  You will remember this fabric from when I wore it here custom-made into loose-fitted pants. Yes, same white off-the-shoulder top and same fabric in different takes. :-D Well, if I've been true to nothing, I've been consistently true to remixing clothing items in several ways, so that I don't have to go out to purchase a new item all the time, but instead I re-wear old items in new ways. How often do you re-wear your pieces? Do you do it enough times that you're satisfied you've gotten your money's worth? Are you itching for a wardrobe cleanse? Perhaps it's time to dump it all out. In another post let's talk about how to dump them out in a healthy way.
 Ok, so I really do need to ease up on these slides, don't I?


2 comments:

  1. Love that skirt girl, the print and colors are beautiful, and the mermaid fit is so flattering :)

    XO, Jessi
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