Saturday, March 27, 2010

Playing dress-up

I think back to my 3rd birthday party. Being the only child, my mother had been working on this event since I was two (as in since my birthday party ended the year before). My friends and I were dressed up as our parents. There were little girls with lengthy pearls and oversized high heels. Boys kept stepping on their floor length ties. Why though, do we not dress the same for our entire lives? 

When did it begin that our clothing evolved as we grew older? 

I saw three freshmen girls the other day wearing the hair-bows I wore as a toddler and, I must admit, I laughed out loud. But why does this not look strange on children? Is it because as children, if we look ridiculous, it's acceptable because we don't have a complete concept of self?