BU Style's 2019 Theme: "Stories"

As a child, I was enthralled with a great story and often stayed up WAY past my bedtime reading by flashlight, engrossed in a novel. I loved stories so much that I majored in English literature in college. Our lives are a collection of stories. Each life experience is a sentence, paragraph, chapter, or novel that collectively makes up the series that is our unique, one-of-kind lives.

My mom, Janice Lynn Tincher, 4/1/1939–12/30/2018

My mom, Janice Lynn Tincher, 4/1/1939–12/30/2018

I decided on the 2019 theme of “Stories” midway through December. Just days later on 12/30/2018, my sweet mom unexpectedly passed away. Since this tough loss, my mind can’t stop thinking of stories with her: watching her & my dad dance the Jitterbug in the kitchen (they were high school sweethearts); the way she’d look at every little child and say so sincerely, “Oh, how precious!”; how she would read me bedtimes stories as a child every night, kiss my cheek, and say, “I love you & Jesus loves you, too” . . . She was the kindest, sweetest, most loving person I’ve ever met. This Hamilton song title keeps coming to mind: “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?” My mom’s story has become part of me, my siblings, my dad, her friends, her grandkids. We can all tell her story and embody her kindness and love to carry on her legacy.

I wore a necklace of hers to her services that I remembered her wearing often when I was a child. I believe it was also her mother’s. It’s not a fancy or expensive necklace. In fact, it’s just plastic costume jewelry. But when I wore it, I remembered times my mom wore it. I saw her smile and laugh. (She had THE BEST laugh.) I saw her vividly, and the necklace was like a security blanket and her warm hug enveloping me. It helped me physically feel her presence to get through a tough time.

Bill & Janice Tincher, Married 4/5/1958

Bill & Janice Tincher, Married 4/5/1958

Our style & outfits are one medium to share our story. Before we even speak, they start giving context clues to who we are or how we are feeling that day. Clothing and accessories remind us of different chapters and paragraphs of our life story: first job, the first date, the days you got bad or good news—what you were wearing when . . . (insert life event). Brands and the founders behind them have stories and messages to share. We can visually create a complex narrative through our wardrobe and how we choose to wear it.

In a world of fast fashion, swiping right and left, scrolling up and down, we at BU Style want to pause more often and think about the stories behind the outfits we create, the brands we work with, and the clients, colleagues, and all with whom we rub shoulders daily. Stories breathe life and meaning into the seemingly ordinary or common; they connect us to one another; they help us be more sympathetic and empathetic. This year, we look forward to creating deeper connections by sharing stories of all kinds with you—and we hope you’ll share yours with us.

With love, Natalie