Well, this young woman on the right is dressed in a way which is not unfamiliar to me because I’ve visited Tokyo a number of times.
But I didn’t take this photo in Tokyo. I took it in Paris!
I definitely did not see anyone else in Paris dressed this way. Her different style was eye catching, remarkable.
But would she stand out the same way in Tokyo? Or isn’t this style of dress typical of a certain genre?
I think it is often this way for us. We dress to express our individually but also to say something about what we have in common with certain others.
It’s an interesting paradox, uniqueness and difference, which expresses both our separateness and belonging in the same moment. But we humans carry that trick off so successfully, don’t we?
We’re good at handling paradoxes….