In college and khakis

Eric in college and khakis

Eric, in college and khakis

I saw many changes in my son, Eric, when he came home for Thanksgiving. His first year at college is bringing great signs of independence and a new sense of self and self expression. But the one change that caught my eye was his new-found sense of style. This once oh-so-casual-dresser now loves wearing khakis and flannel shirts – keeping it neat and simple. Just a few years ago I couldn’t beg him to dress in khakis, except for holiday occasions and now he tells me that he prefers this way of dressing.

The interesting part in this fashion equation is that I am not a part of it. This all evolved without me. Left on his own, Eric has found his style (style of the moment, at least) without any interference or participation on my part. That is because how we choose to dress belongs to us. When left alone we learn what we like and don’t like and what feels best. And college is the perfect time to figure that out. As a grownup, I seem to recall that I found my own style during the college years. As a parent, I am blown away by the many transitions and moments of letting go that are weaving in and out of my life. As a lover of fashion, I am moved by the reminder that clothes are personal and our singular stamp of identification.

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4 thoughts on “In college and khakis

  1. He is just so handsome! And I would beg to differ that you had nothing to do with his new found style. Because they learn most by our example, by watching us, much more then our prodding works! For 18+ years he has been watching his mother’s beautiful style and the care which you take in putting yourself together! He has absorbed it all and is now finally able to embrace it for himself.

    I say instead of taking NO credit, take ALL the credit. In secret of course because we don’t want him catching on that he actually IS an apple which did not fall far 🙂
    Congratulations, you have raised not only an intelligent but a well dressed young man!
    Mission accomplished!

    • Aw, thank you, Kylie! That is a lovely way to describe this scenario; but yes, any examples I have set must be kept a secret. That’s just the way the world works! xx Mel

  2. Agree with Kylie’s remarks, above….could not have said it better myself.

    Eric is so handsome & grown up. What a beautiful smile!

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