A Spark of Inspiration

Ancient Egypt

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I couldn’t exactly say why, but Ancient Egypt has been on my mind for a few weeks now. I’ve alway been interested in it, of course. How could I not be? The vibrancy of that old civilization was unmatched. But I’ve finally decided that it must be on my mind right now for a reason.

And I believe that reason is to serve as my spark of inspiration.

I think we’re all a little bit in love with the Egyptian aesthetic. Light, airy fabrics. Bold accessories and bejeweled collars. Elaborate eyeliner. With those things in mind, you can’t help but picture yourself on a throne. And hey, being a queen is what I’m all about.

When I saw Chanel’s 2018 Pre-Fall runway show the other day, it felt like a confirmation. The setting of the show, as well as all the clothes, had a distinct Egyptian theme, and if Chanel is doing it, well then, I must be on the right track.

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A small aside: If you watch many fashion shows, one thing you definitely realize is that a big portion of the clothes on display are basically unwearable. They tend to be…weird. Too weird for 99% of the people watching to ever put on. But this is because the brands are not just showing us clothes; they are making art. You don’t watch these to shop; you watch to be visually engaged. And from there, you notice elements that you’d like to incorporate into your own ensembles.

These are a couple of good examples. Lots of beautiful elements. I recommend using just one at a time–e.g. a bold necklace with an otherwise normal outfit. Subtlety is your friend. Otherwise, you might end up looking like you’re going to a costume party.

I can definitely see myself wearing the dazzling camisole (above, left) with a nice dark pair of skinny jeans. Or the gold necklace with a simple, spaghetti-strap dress. This is what I’m talking about. Look for pieces that make you feel like royalty.

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Speaking of royalty, some of the world’s greatest female leaders came out of Egypt. The above painting portrays Hatshepsut, who was not only a queen, but eventually pharaoh, presiding over a massively successful period in Egypt’s history.

I want very much to channel the power and intelligence of women like her. I can’t imagine I’ll ever rule over a kingdom, but I am, as I’ve said, the queen of my life, and if nothing else, my desire is to bring a sense of excellence into my own home. Obviously, I can accomplish that wearing sweatpants, but I like the idea of having a bit more flair. After all, controlling your image, putting your best foot forward, can make you feel much more confident in your abilities.

And what you feel, you manifest.

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But no matter your desires, you pretty much have to agree that the Egyptian aesthetic is perfect for a stylish summer look. Ancient Egypt was, in a word, hot, and they dressed to suit their environment. The dark kohl eyeliner helped protect their eyes from the glaring sun. The fabrics were mostly very breathable–often quite see-through. And toplessness was acceptable regardless of gender.

I can’t really say with any confidence that our own society is ready to embrace such minimal outfits, but I wouldn’t mind heading in that direction (given how miserably hot it gets in the summer where I live). Maybe over the course of a few more generations, we’ll finally stop operating based on shame and allow the boobs to breathe freely. But until then, I still like the notion of wearing thin, airy materials. Light clothing, big jewelry, plenty of skin showing…the absolute ideal for a glamorous summer in the south.

I hope I’ve given you some interesting ideas.

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Goals.

May you find your spark of inspiration.

Have a beautiful week.

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