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Sadness’s Turtleneck Sweater

There is something quite apt about Sadness’s turtleneck. For those of you who haven’t yet seen Pixar’s most recent success story– “Inside Out” — I implore you to find it, anywhere, and immediately watch it. It is such an incredible testament to being a pre-teen, the discovery of an emotional vocabulary, and Amy Poehler’s exceptional voice talents. (Truly though, it made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think. I’m slowly learning that profound emotion most often strikes me in animated form…)

I digress. Sadness’s turtleneck. This outfit choice deserves an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Seriously! Period films, be gone! This. Is. The. Most. Perfect. Outfit. For. Sadness. Here’s why: When I am sad, my immediate impulse is to get as snuggly and swallowed up as possible. A turtleneck both provides distance between an individual and his or her issues, but it also offers a great degree of comfort. It’s like an unending hug. Around the neck.

Think about it– tell me the last time you wore a tight, black dress on your saddest day. The answer to that would be a resounding, NEVER! Sweats. Old, ratty t-shirts. Turtleneck sweaters. Sadness is both such an unfortunate thing and an opportunity for catharsis. Wearing the turtleneck, taking the time to just breathe and release, rather than putting on that cute outfit and walking outside, pretending everything is hunky dory, smiling through the pain– sometimes that’s what you need. In so many cases, I admire the turtleneck sweater more. Or at least, I totally get it. No shame in a turtleneck. No shame in admitting you need a little help.

Good job, Pixar. Nailing everything, as always.

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