We all prefer to be comfortable. But what is comfort? It’s not just about clothing that you can fall asleep in – would you feel comfortable wearing your jammies in front of an audience? If not, then comfort is more than just the physical.
Comfort involves the following:
- Psychological needs
Wearing the right thing to the right place leaves you comfortable. You fit in with the people around you, and you don’t have to spend time thinking about what you’re wearing. Church clothes are worn to church, work clothes to work, beach clothes to the beach. Appropriateness includes function – I might find that ballgown extremely comfortable at the ball, but at the gym, it’s just going to get in my way.
Fit is probably the most important part of our physical comfort, and this often surprises people who are used to the one-size-fits-all approach. Even the softest sweatshirt – too big or too small, and you lose the ability to move around. You have to constantly adjust your clothes just to exist. On the other end of the spectrum, couture is known for being so custom fit that a ballgown feels completely natural.
Comfortable fabrics are a personal thing. One woman can’t stand wool, another adores cashmere. One woman thinks polyester is of the devil, another loves the way it slides over her skin. Breathable fabric is generally more comfortable than fabric that doesn’t breathe, and fabrics that drape are more comfortable than stiff fabrics.
Color and texture affect our emotions. Specific connotations of colors will be discussed at length in the toolbox, and Zyla has done some excellent work in this regard (I highly recommend his book, “Color Your Style”), but all of us understand that there are some colors that make us happy, some that relax us, and colors that we just can’t stand. I don’t care how well the oxblood pants fit, how soft the fabric is, or how very appropriate they are to my morning routine. I hate that color. Wearing it would make me uncomfortable. I have friends who need the boost that bright colors provide – they should wear those colors and be happy, because happiness is part of comfort.
A well fitting, appropriate garment in a color and fabric that you love is the most comfortable thing you can own or wear. That’s what you’re looking for!