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Wednesday, March 30th 2016

5:34 PM

Celebrating Literacy and Dr. Seuss in Basic Green



Victoria Moore wearing a green, brown and white clock print scarf and denim shirt.

   No matter how well known certain poems may be to the rest of us, a new generation is not going to become acquainted with them unless somebody plays host and makes introductions.--Iona and Peter Opie in "The Oxford Book of Verse"

   In a lot of ways I'm a lot like the "Grouchy Guy" in the children's book by Dr. Seuss "Green Eggs and Ham" because I hate doing something just because it's required or the "in" thing. I'd rather be unique, live by my own rules and set my own trends. But since I've started working as a Special Education Assistant for a major school district I've had to conform and wear clothes to fit a dress code for a particular event whenever it's required. At the first school I worked at, from August to December 2015, I had to wear purple for "Spirit Day" and for Halloween I painstakingly put together a bohemian chic costume that earned a lot of praise and some confusion among the students and staff, who didn't know what a bohemian was.

   During my last week, at the second school I worked at, from January to March 2016, we were celebrating "Read Across America Week" (February 29-March 4, 2016) by wearing various colors and prints representing four Dr. Seuss books. Reminiscing happily, I remember reading his books as a little girl, and getting lost in their upbeat colors, rhymes and plots. For the first day, "Green Eggs and Ham Day" we were asked to wear green. Luckily I love the bright, sunny, vibrant freshness of it and how it's appealing whether it's as soft as a lacy fern leaf or bold as a mouth-puckering lime.

   Still, deciding what to wear wasn't so easy, despite the amount of green in my wardrobe. A few steps proved necessary before I felt comfortable leaving for work and entering the wonderful world of learning and Dr. Seuss.

Step 1:

    I studied my collection of fashion clips and current magazines for trends and coordination tips. The two ideas that really sparked my imagination was a Kate Spade ad featuring fashionista Iris Apfel wearing a beige jacket, over a white bow-front blouse and a pair of Kelly green pants, and a "Shop Talk" section from an old "Harper's Bazaar" with a photo featuring a model on the runway in a "Marni" while jacket belted over an olive green ruffle-front skirt.

Step 2:

      My next move was to physically brainstorm and come up with an actual outfit I'd wear by examining what I owned and what I felt like wearing. After seeing so many shades and textures of green I knew I wanted to create a look that reflected the variations I often saw in the nature around me. Over the past week I'd been taking photos of a tree that was growing near the class I was assigned to. As it sprang to life, from bud to leaf, I noticed how the tree changed with their evolution and my moods. If I were happy and upbeat the tree looked succulent and lush but if I felt sluggish and tired it looked sparse and macabre.

Step 3:

   Finally I made my decision and chose a Kelly green corduroy pea coat, chartreuse green knit poncho I'd bought at the "Sacks SFO" Going-Out-Of-Business sale, vintage green and yellow polka-dotted 1960's mini dress and a pair of cuffed Sonia Rykiel jeans. To tie all of the colors together I accessorized my outfit with a green and blue fabric necklace, a green hand-painted floral pin attached to the lapel of the pea coat, a multicolored rhinestone, gold and pearl bracelet, a gold rose ring set with a green stone, a pair of white, pink and green Converse and a multicolored floral purse. 

   Confident in my choice, especially when I saw so many students, teachers and support staff wearing green, the day was made even more enjoyable when I got to read "The Lorax" aloud to a group of students during their "reading time" and share a part of my childhood.

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