I have a lovely purple cardigan. It’s cashmere, and it’s the most beautiful garment I have ever owned. I bought it with some birthday money after a long series of disappointing cardigans that stretched, shrank, or went funny colours.
At first, I kept it for high days and holidays. But we all know these don’t come round often enough. In dreary, trying times, I found myself opening the drawer and stroking it wistfully, longing for those golden days of picnics or weddings, when you can forget about how the cat was sick on the new carpet, or that odd situation with the weird neighbour, or whatever troubles you.
And so I created a new sartorial category in my life. It’s called Everyday Best.
The Rules of Everyday Best:
Everyday Best is for those days when you need to treat yourself with kindness.
It can be triggered at any time by wearing a special garment that symbolises Everyday Best (in my case, the purple cardigan).
On this otherwise normal day, you must behave all day AS THOUGH you were on a high day or holiday.
Domestic chores are forbidden on a day of Everyday Best. You feel like a hot meal? Allow me to pass you the takeaway menu. Your children want feeding? Direct them to the biscuit tin, and look the other way.
NEVER unblock the drain on a day of Everyday Best. The sky will fall in.
A spot of light baking if you feel like it IS allowed on a day of Everyday Best, but only a recipe that will not fail or be frustrating. In fact, the healing power of Everyday Best is richly augmented by a gentle aroma of flapjack.
Everyday Best may be planned – indeed, some would argue the anticipation of it is worth everything. Friday is a great day for Everyday Best.
On the other hand, Everyday Best may be used like Rescue Remedy – use when needed the day after a dismal day, and the wearer immediately picks up.
Treat yourself with kindness. It’s so important! How do you do it?