According to dictionary.com, a signature is a person's name, or a mark representing it, as signed personally or by a deputy, as in subscribing a letter or other document.
Hopefully, many of my fellow Skillologists will be John Hancockin’ a lot of important legal documents, contracts and checks in the near future. But until then, many of us are marking our signatures for potential deals even if we don’t realize it.
In the world of fashion, a signature piece of clothing is something that can represent who you are, how you think and even how you live your life. Even if you aren’t into fashion, per say, your signature piece can be something that you subconsciously wear often because you think it looks good or makes you feel comfortable.
In life, first impressions are everything. Most people decide if they want to do business with you, date you or ditch you based on what they see. Oftentimes, how you look is presented before how you speak, think, etc. Thus, your outer appearance makes up a considerable part of your package.
While I was doing a little spring cleaning, I realized how many signature pieces I’ve managed to collect over the years. And then, I wondered what these things say about me.
Scarves: The last time I counted, I had almost 40 neck scarves. They all vary in color, pattern, length etc. Scarves are definitely my favorite accessory. They can add a little something extra to a basic outfit. And depending on the material, they can be appropriate for every season. I imagine, learning different ways to tie my scarves has been an experience as gratifying as a young toddler first learning how to lace a pair of shoes.
What could my scarves say about me? If nothing else, they show that I listened to my granny when she told me to make sure I keep my neck and feet covered, unless I’m trying to catch a cold!
Sneakers: Up until about age 16, I was a serious tomboy--the girl in the baggy jeans and cornrows….That was me. I didn’t even get my ears pierced until high school.
Although I’ve grown to become a bit of a girly girl, I’ve still managed to hang on to a few pair of my classic Chuck Taylor sneakers. Of course, my favorites are the original black & whites.
What could my Chucks say about me? They show that I don’t have to be a girl in high heels all the time and I can appreciate a good pair of classic footwear.
Blazers: Blazers—not to be confused with suit jackets because one of my pet-peeves is when guys wear really big suit jackets as if they’re blazers— have become one of my favorite pieces of outerwear. Blazers are great to throw on before a business meeting to make myself look a tad more professional. Nowadays, they come in all different styles and colors and look great on guys and girls.
What could my blazers say about me? They show that I have a slight sense of how to look like a businessperson when needed.
Pearls: So, I’m in a semi-unofficial cult with two of my best girl friends called “The Pearl Girls.” We’ve stamped our monthly girls night outs as “PG Dinners.” If one of us isn’t wearing pearls during the dinner, they get ridiculed for 30 minutes, have to pay for dinner and do ten push-ups in the middle of the restaurant (just joking.)
But on an average, 5 days out of the week, you can catch one of your favorite pearl girls wearing a strand of pearls, pearl earrings or a pearl bracelet.
What could my pearls say about me? They show that I appreciate classic elegance and refinement as a woman when choosing my accessories. In the words of one of my fellow PG’s, Pearls: A Girl’s Best Friend. Forget Diamonds.
Buttons: I’m not sure when I got hooked on buttons, but I absolutely, positively have to grab one if its available at any event, gathering or business. Buttons are a great way promote an organization or message because they are constantly traveling with the person who’s wearing them. One of my favorite buttons is my square shaped, Individual Button by Black Collection.
What could my buttons say about me? If it’s for a good cause, I don’t mind putting a little hole in my cardigan and being a walking advertisement.
Now, I am sure I am not the only one who has a few signature pieces in my closet. I’d love to know some of yours and what you think they say about you!