Good honest food is forever fashion’s trend
“You are what you eat—so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake”—anonymous
I am by no means a trendsetter. In fact, I don’t pay much attention to making sure I am on top of the latest styles out of the fashion magazines. However, aside from just making this confession, I’m going to make a fashion statement. Heck, I will be so bold as to call it the hottest fall fashion trend. Making sure to eat good honest food is the perfect style for anyone. Ok I said it. Now let me explain.
Autumn is when the fashion industry bombards us with the latest fall trends that will make us look good and ultimately feel better. Right? Well, not really if you can see through the smoke and mirrors.
I always wonder if we stopped and got off this dizzying merry go round of fashion falsehoods what would we all look like?
Last week, I met up with a friend and they were looking at a pair of shoes for $100. I asked them if that $100 would ever be spent on good, quality groceries.
It stumped the person a bit and the conversation quickly turned to something else that allowed her to exit that thought. We never got back to the answer.
So let’s take a minute and look at that answer now. Why are we so quick to buy into unhealthy fashion falsehoods? We have no problem dropping $100 on the latest fall boots—which I might add are not comfortable at all. However, when it comes to the food we eat, we cut corners at all costs. We just don’t take the time to consume good honest food. And I think that is the biggest fashion faux pas.
Several years ago, I had the pleasure to attend a press luncheon at the famed Art Institute in Chicago. A beautiful landmark next to Lake Michigan. The Art Institute hosted the event, which centered on fashion and art in its famed Stock Exchange Room. The room boasts one of the cities most exceptional design spaces.
I sat next to some esteemed colleagues in the media industry. One of who was a famed Chicago fashion journalist. The conversation went very kindly. We clicked the moment we sat down. We talked like old friends. Topics we discussed included art, the Chicago dining scene and what foods we enjoyed eating and cooking. And then we touched upon fashion—and what followed next surely did surprise me.
As we ate our Cobb salad, she complimented me on my appearance. I was at first horrified because I thought she was joking. I had on a simple worn out dark green cardigan with a red patterned scarf. The dark green cardigan was my go to on deadline days as it was comfortable and familiar. I am not one to stand out in a crowd with the latest trends, but here I was surrounded by some of the best-dressed media colleagues. So I thought what did she mean?
I am sorry to disappoint, but she wasn’t complimenting me on my clothes. She did highlight that my use of a simple red scarf to add color to an otherwise drab green cardigan was a fashion plus. Ok, not in those words exactly, but what came next was what I will always remember. “Fashion trends come and go, but taking care of yourself and eating good honest food is never out of fashion.” Wow, I thought. Here she is at a fashion event showing indifference to the essentials of fashion trends, as we know them. Instead she spoke with such confidence about the way you carry yourself and what you put into your body is what makes you beautiful.
I was flattered like you can’t imagine. It made me straighten my dark green cardigan. It wasn’t the label or trend that enamored her, but rather the way I wore the cardigan and the red scarf. I felt good from the inside out. Not vice versa. That was and continues to be my fashion mantra.
Now, please don’t walk away thinking that you should never flip through the latest fashion magazines or boycott the mall. But rather take fashion with a grain of salt—or a glass of water it’s healthier. And remember that good honest food will last long after the runway. It’s what makes you beautiful both inside and out.
Her simple words of truth dispelled all the fashion falsehoods surrounding looking good and feeling better. Instead she confirmed that above the fray good honest food never goes out of style.
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