Lisa Currie

By Lisa Currie

Like many other women I know, I am one of those people who has a spring/summer wardrobe and a winter/fall wardrobe. I have work clothes and play clothes – clothes for the office and clothes for the weekend.

This is the time of year I start to switch clothes around – wool skirts are put away and the colorful cotton dresses are taken out.

Gosh…I realized doing this – I have not worn any of my clothes in an entire year.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have been dressed for the past 12 months, but because I have been working at home – never leaving my 7-by-9-foot office in my own home and doing everything through a 12-inch computer screen where only my head and neck are visible – I have spent the last 12 months wearing shorts, sweatpants, yoga pants, and T-shirts. My “work” clothes are untouched.

OK…This Toms Brook wardrobe does not host Coco Channel or Gloria Vanderbilt, but I do have a wide variety of work clothes for every season – and some holidays. Opening this closet is like looking into the past – and finding treasures that I had forgotten I owned. Each garment is a discovery.

I missed entire seasons – no Christmas sweaters, no fall skirts, no winter wools, and all those summer dresses are still in the drycleaner bags from 2019’s fall cleaning. It’s like going shopping and finding an entirely new wardrobe inside your own closet.

Looking in my closet, I realize something that is even worse. While my wardrobe has been unwrinkled, my feet have not experienced an eight-hour pair of shoes in the same amount of time – 12 months. Who needs shoes when you are not leaving the house?

I wonder how many people are sitting at home right now – with their pajama pants on – looking at a computer screen – and thinking the exact same thing.

What is going to become of us when we actually have to dress for the office? I wonder how long it will take for me to choose an outfit? I wonder if these clothes will even fit anymore? Does this mean I get to buy all new clothes? Ah…the questions a change of seasons brings.

I just hope that by the next change of season, I am stuffing this body back into my fall colors, my wool skirts, and my Christmas sweaters, so I can show my wardrobe off to  someone other than my closet.

Toms Brook resident Lisa Currie is a professor of English as another language and an adviser at the Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. She has worked at The Shenandoah Valley Herald and various other newspapers in Virginia.