Donning fatigues in the battle of life
Alternate title; It takes just as much time to put on boring, ugly clothes as it does pretty clothes.
Up until I was old enough to buy my own clothing my mom had to make sure that all my clothing matched. She didn’t do this because she has or had a strict idea of what looking “put together” meant (she has been and always will be a bit of a hippie). It was more the fact and I would wear any random garment that I put my hands on. Ratty old University of Michigan tee shirt with the armpits ripped out and dad’s old sweatpants? Sounds like an outfit to me! It hasn’t been but 5 or 6 years hence that I started to understand how clothing works (besides how using it to cover yourself in public will keep you out of jail) and how what you wear seriously effects how strangers and even friends perceive you. Maybe some people feel this isn’t fair; what you wear isn’t who are you and this is a fact but what you wear will give a lot of insight into your personality. People are going to judge regardless of what you wear so why not make it interesting? Besides that, when I wear something I like I feel great. My head feels clear; I am pulled together mentally, confidant in my abilities and ready to kick some butt.
Finding a set of uniforms that worked for my body was tough. ALL women regardless of shape or size have a hard time finding clothing that fits. Most clothing makers seem to feel that all women who wear, for example, a size 8 pant have the same length of leg. Yes, dearest readers who happen to be male, most women’s pants only come in one length. Shocking, I know. I have my mom’s shape, my grandfather’s height and my dad’s robustness. I love all of these traits cause they are part of me but they come with their own set of difficulties. Finding my personal “daily uniform” has taken a lot of time. I used to eagerly watch What Not to Wear hoping that one of the ladies on it would look like me but then I realized the only rules I need are the ones I make.
To that end, here is my “What I’m wearing now” post. I love shirt dresses, provided I can find them in a big enough size (a size I like to call “mythic valkyrie”) and they can be taken in at the waist or belted. Knit tops and skirts are also great for me in both shape and comfort. Popping a shirt dress over your head in the morning involves no more work or effort than putting on a tee shirt and jeans. This shirt dress is by Edme & Esyllte for Anthro and is a super soft cotton with a separate, burgundy colored underskirt. The shoes are a gift from my sister as is the necklace of black plastic beads. She seems to have an awful lot of necklaces of mardi gras style beads (not that I am judging).