Before I rushed off to run errands and volunteer at Iris' school last week, I snapped this picture. It proves that, if you wait long enough, you will be instantaneously trendy for some non-zero length of time.
No, I'm not a fashion victim. I made the white eyelet skirt ~1997 with a remnant I found at SAS Fabrics. I cut out and interfaced the black and white rayon crepe blouse around the same time. Last year, Little Hunting Creek inspired me to pull out some UFOs and finish them. It took less than 2 hours to sew this blouse up. Why did I wait so long?
This skirt and photo makes my hips look really wide. Are they really this wide? Depends on the angle and what I am wearing.
Sociological Images asked why we dress to minimize our body differences. Why are magazines always showing tall people how to look shorter? Short people how to look taller? Fat people how to look thinner? Busty women how to look less so? The list goes on and on.
They asked, what if we dressed to .emphasize. our body differences instead of diminish them?
Don't we teach our kids to stand out, especially in their college application personal statements? Tell us what makes them especially them?
Then what do we teach them when we dress to conform to an ideal body image that has nothing to do with health and function?
These hips bore a healthy ~8.5 pound baby and carried me up many a mountain pass (by foot, by bike and on telemark skis). They don't need de-emphasizing.
After snapping the picture above, I saw this Chimayo weaving I purchased last year in New Mexico. It makes me happy.