How to Look Beyond the Fashion World

You’re Never Too Old for a Miniskirt

I once told a young man who was visiting from India: “I’m so glad you came by. I wouldn’t have seen you otherwise. I get to look at your skinny legs. And your tanned legs. And your pretty legs. And your pretty legs.”

I couldn’t help it; I had to say something—well, not just to break the ice, but also to keep my young friend from saying something that might be deemed inappropriate.

And so I talked that young man’s ear off—for the better part of an hour. In fact, I made it a point to talk his ear off from the start—and make a point of interrupting him when he would be about to say something that would probably lead to some sort of inappropriate remark.

I explained how, like a miniskirt, we wear clothes for more than just fashion.

I talked about how, at my age, the clothing I wear is a statement of self-confidence—and the confidence I have in myself to believe that I can accomplish much more than others my age might reach that point in life.

I also talked about how, as a woman and a mother, I have to look beyond the clothes I wear to be confident that I am capable of doing something, anything—to be confident that I can accomplish my goal.

I talked about how, after that man and I had our lengthy conversation, the young man came up to me with a message: “I wish you could wear a miniskirt as well. Or a short miniskirt. I wish you had a miniskirt, because then, you would have looked like a woman, too. And if I had a miniskirt, then we would all look like women, too.”

When a young man like that speaks his mind, it’s to say he is ready to look beyond the fashion world to look at the world beyond fashion. And we need to take a minute to reflect on that—to see that the fashion world does not look past us, and we do not look beyond the fashion world.

We look beyond the fashion world to look at the world beyond fashion.

And even when we are confident we are capable of doing something, anything—we still

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