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44. Puffed Sleeves and Life Lessons from Anne of Green Gables

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

" Oh, I am grateful," protested Anne. "But I'd be ever so much gratefuller if -- if you'd made just one of them with puffed sleeves. Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill, Marilla, just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves."

"Well, you'll have to do without your thrill. I hadn't any material to waste on puffed sleeves. I think they are ridiculous looking things anyhow. I prefer the plain, sensible ones." (Marilla)

"But I'd rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself," persisted Anne mournfully. (Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Poor Anne, It takes about 15 more chapters until she finally gets her puffed sleeves from the sweet gentle Matthew, and it's interesting to see such different views about a particular piece of fashion styling. One is enraptured at the very thought of wearing puffed sleeves, the other just sees them to be frivolous and wasteful, and the third sees them as a way to make someone feel special. This may be a novel, but there are things I can learn from each of these characters.

I love Anne's unashamed delight at the idea of puffed sleeves. It makes me want to be less worried about what other people think of my own fashion styling preferences, and be more intentional about wearing the clothes that give me a "thrill" because then I am becoming more of my best confident self.

When it comes to Marilla, it seems that she has had a hard life, and in her need to manage she has cut out all the extras, the things which she see's as self indulgent and unnecessary. This is fine, and in some areas of life I'm pretty sure I have a similar mindset. What I can learn here though, is that I don't want to shut others down because they have a differing opinion to me, in general, and in their fashion choices. I want to encourage you in your own fashion choices on the whole in my pursuit of helping you also become your best confident self. (This is not to say that I don't have some opinions on the use of certain items for our fashion indulgence, or that some designs don't offend me, but that is a matter for another time)

Now dear old Matthew, he just wants to express his love for Anne. He is the enabler, in helping Anne feel so good about herself that she expresses it by wanting to be a better person. (read chapter 25)

My hope is that through this blog, and my collections that I can offer someone a greater understanding about the clothes that they wear, why they wear those particular styles, and how they make them feel. I am also available to offer advise for anyone who might be thinking about changing their current fashion styling to be more suited to help them become their best confident person. Feel free to comment below or email me to arrange a chat.

I believe that the clothes that we choose to wear play a large part in displaying who we are no matter our age, shape, size or colour and it is my desire to help women become stronger, more confident and joy filled within themselves by helping them realise and develop their own unique fashion styling.

PLEASE NOTE - I am in no way suggesting that all of your problems can be solved by your clothing choices and I would encourage anyone with any anxiety, depression or other issues to seek professional counselling or a psychologist.

Now this post was originally going to be some information about sleeve styles, but Anne with an E took me in another direction. My advise to you about sleeve styling is simply that you find and wear the sleeve styles that give you "such a thrill" even when you just think about wearing them! For me it is the long large (butterfly) sleeves that, when you hold your arms out, they look a bit like wings. They are highly impractical for doing almost all of the everyday things, so I don't wear them daily, but they are certainly the sleeve style that comes to mind when I think of a sleeve that might give me a thrill to wear, therefore I will make more of an effort to wear them.

Thank you for reading, I hope this has encouraged you to pursue your own unique wardrobe styling and to encourage others in theirs even if you are more of a Marilla than an Anne.

Love, Suzanne

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