I was talking on the phone with Karl last night, discussing his plans for his blog, and he stated that one thing he knew he wouldn't do is he wouldn't compulsively describe what he was wearing. This, of course, led into a discussion of why I do compulsively need to tell people what I'm wearing, when I'm blogging. (Right now: jeans, black bicycling-type shirt, green zip-up and rubber-soled slippers.)
When I started posting, I think part of the reason why I felt the need to describe what I was wearing was in order to set the scene. I feel the need to bring my surroundings and my atmosphere into my posts, because I am so inextricably linked to my surroudings. I'm not one of those sorts of people who can "shut off" everything around me and just think.
More importantly, what I am wearing is a pretty good indicator of the state of my mind. If it's the middle of the afternoon and I'm still in my pyjamas, that's saying something. If I'm wearing my slippers, I'm feeling safe, and am not about to take any risks at that moment. When I presented at my last conference, I spent much of the weekend in my slippers. However, just before my session, I switched into my leather shoes. I see myself, in that way, as similar to "Emily" in Emily Climbs, who cannot stand up for herself as her aunt scolds her about spilling ink, because she is wearing her bedroom slippers, and "I am easily cowed when I'm wearing bedroom slippers." (Quote approximated.)
What I wear indicates my mental state, but sometimes I also purposely dress to affect my mood. Like Ky, sometimes I need to wear something special or different in order to get creative work done. At times, I have worn special hats for working (as influenced by Jo from Little Women). Sometimes I wear high heels. I wore lipstick whenever I was working on my honour's paper, because just the act of putting on make up was enough to set apart that time for writing. It's like being in costume.
And now I'm realising that I'm wearing schlumpy clothes today, and I haven't washed my hair yet, meaning that I'm not really in a state where I'm going to get effective work done today. Would you excuse me while I go shower and dress up?