Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Women In Clothes

Some interesting questions, for thinking about, and for reading other people's answers, over at Women in Clothes. I especially liked thinking about this one:

In what way is this stuff important, if at all?

I think how you choose to dress has big repercussions. Dressing mindfully-- choosing ethical/sustainable/secondhand, thinking about the ways our dress reflects and influences cultural perceptions of female sexuality and value, even just expressing joy and creativity in dress in a world of fast fashion and trends-- can influence your women friends in the ways they choose to dress and your men friends in what they find attractive. The young people and children in your life will see and absorb these things too. So, for me, dressing simply, valuing my body and sexuality, and choosing local craftsmanship and ethical production methods when I can afford it (and usually secondhand when I can't) is about more than just the clothes I put on my body; it's about my entire philosophy of living.

And this one:

Can you say a bit about how your mother's body and style has been passed down to you, or not?

My mother is a list-maker and system-follower extraordinaire. She still refuses to wear black because she had her colours done when I was a girl and found she was an autumn. I definitely inherited her sense of list. I deeply believe that there is a list of items that I can make, purchase, and then be done shopping forever. If my body would just stop growing babies-- and thus changing sizes every three months-- I could be there.

I'm going to post a few of the other questions in the Facebook group, love to hear your answers.

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