I question why my 20-something daughter needs so many clothes. Every week, she buys something new. She always looks well put together. Natty. But her clothes last a season. One season. That’s all. It’s expensive, excessive and extravagant to change wardrobes for each and, every season year in and, year out. Clothes have become as disposable as food packaging with the life cycle of a cereal box. Is my daughter a fashionista?
Wait a minute.
I stopped mid-ride this morning to get out of the wind and light drizzle to refuel and, take a few photos. Pictures of me and my bike. What else? And, look how colour coordinated everything is. I have this back and white theme going on. Helmet, jacket, gloves and shoes matching all of the bike parts. This is not by accident and started with the black and white logo on the bike frame. If I were to include pictures of the cranks, pedals, rims, hubs and tires you would see a similar pattern. Everything matches.
I don’t buy a lot of cycling clothing. And, because I don’t change my bikes with every season, my clothes (and bikes) last for years, not seasons. However, I am certainly conscious of what bike bike I’m riding and what clothes I wear. Over the years, I have accumulated 5 short sleeve jerseys, 5 pair of bibs, 2 pair of wind pants, 4 wind and rain jackets, 3 pair of socks and, 3 pair of shoes. And, they are all colour coordinated. A lot of black, white and, a little red. That’s 1,800 possible combinations. That’s a lot of outfits. Some might argue, more than I need.
There was a time I simply hopped on my bike without thinking what I was wearing. I dressed for the weather, not the ride. Things have changed. Now, I dress for both the weather and the ride. I am better dressed on my bike than anywhere else.
Am I a fashionista?