"I insist upon my right to be multiple, even more so I insist upon the recognition of my multiplicity" - Moses Sumney
I was lying in bed, scrolling through old photos on my phone, reminiscing. And I started to reflect on the evolution of The Vibe's style and the growth in fulfilling its purpose. Additionally, this led me to look at myself and how I have changed, and it brought to the surface one of the biggest reasons why I love fashion and doing what I do at The Vibe.
This past year my family has taken on the care of a three-year-old. My time with her has reminded me of the beauty in her innocence, inquisitive nature, and ease in her freedom of expression. When she gets dressed, 99% of the time, she wants to be a princess. She wants to wear a dress and some heels and be "fancy," as she would say. And she will come into my room, look in the mirror, and be so satisfied and proud. Some days she sits and watches me get ready, and when my look is complete, she will ask me, "Who are you today?" Referring to my outfit. Most of the time, I answer her by saying myself. But the question itself makes my wheels turn. So when I wake up and start to get dressed, the question lingers in my mind. Somedays, I find myself answering it with words, sometimes, I can feel a vibe of who I am that day, and sometimes I have no idea. But all the more complex answers still fall under the same, simple response, myself.
The beauty of the question is that we have the freedom to choose. Every day when we wake up, we have the opportunity to choose who we want to be. And every day, that person could be entirely new. Style is a beautiful way to speak about who we are without making a sound. If I wake up one day and want to look like a mermaid and a 70s hippie chick the next day, it shall be. Because "I can also also also and and and." - Moses Sumney
The previous quotes are both from a song by Moses Sumney, titled "Also also also, and and and." The song declares the complex multiplicity that makes up who he (Moses Sumney) is. And he is letting us know he will no longer defend or explain it. The song is an excellent reminder that we are all complex beings, and the only person we need to satisfy is ourselves. So when we get dressed, we only need to please ourselves.
"Who am I today?" Let your intuition guide you to the answer. And when you look in the mirror, I hope you are just as satisfied and proud as the fancy, three-year-old princess.
xoxo - Kirsten