FFB Blog Event: Dressing Like a Feminist

This week’s topic for Feminist Fashion Bloggers is, “How do you express your feminism in the way you dress?”

I found this question difficult to answer. I don’t think about any message I wish to portray when I get dressed every morning. But then I thought, I do think about you, my blog readers when I get dressed. I want to show that you don’t have to be a size 4, 22 years old, or 5’9” to look stylish and feel beautiful.

The average American woman is 5’3”, she wears a size 14. Yep, that’s me. I have brown hair, brown eyes, beige skin. I am neither fat nor thin, not remarkably tall or short. I am typical.

I use this blog to celebrate my typical exterior, and show how an “average” woman doesn’t have to look average. I use this blog to help other women find their personal style. My personal style won’t be the same as any other woman’s, but maybe it can inspire another to get outside her box, embrace her figure and her personality through her dress.

Clothing is a wonderful way to express yourself – a walking billboard of your passions, your thoughts, your beliefs. For some women, clothing is a way to show their religion or cultural heritage; for other women, clothing is a way to express their passion for music or a certain era of time environmental concerns. Clothing has a way of making the wearer feel powerful, feel graceful, feel confident, feel unique. Clothing can be a suit of armor – having a wardrobe of workhorses/wardrobe staples means you are ready for whatever life throws your way; you can spend less time in front of the closet and more time living.

Clothing is something that we all have to wear to participate in everyday society; we should use it as a tool to properly express and showcase ourselves. As a feminist, I choose clothing that makes ME feel good, makes ME happy, flatters my figure, but also my soul.

I have never dressed in a manner to attract a mate. I fully believe that a mate is attracted to a person who is beautiful to them in every sense. At work, I wear what makes me feel confident, not what seems to be the office uniform. I respect etiquette and cultural expectations because I respect my company, my family, and the hosts of events I attend; I don’t dress to please others.

I dress to show how much I love this amazing body. I honor it with garments that flatter and feel good. I share my spirit and my artistic side by wearing colors that please me, combinations that may not necessarily go with the runway trends but go with my heart. I wear jewelry and clothing that belonged to (or were made by) family members because it makes me feel good to honor them and thank them for such gifts that were passed down to me.

When I get dressed each morning, I think about this blog. I don’t care if someone likes or hates my outfit. Instead, I think about how I may inspire another woman to realize that she can be smart AND stylish, a wonderful mom AND a person who follows her passions, a strong person and a fashionable one. You don’t have to sacrifice style for substance.

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15 Comments

  1. March 24, 2011 / 6:24 pm

    This post makes me happy – it’s very uplifting. And I love the peacock feather dress in the first pik. All the photos are great! You are beautiful in every one of them.

  2. March 24, 2011 / 6:24 pm

    So, the purpose of the blog is feminist in a sense. Yeah!

  3. March 24, 2011 / 6:24 pm

    Your outfits are awesome, your mission is noble, and your thoughts are well-worded! Great writing about the rejection of dressing to attract a mate (something I have been guilty of, and may still be guilty of sometimes depending on interpretation)!

  4. March 17, 2011 / 10:03 am

    Your outfits are awesome, your mission is noble, and your thoughts are well-worded! Great writing about the rejection of dressing to attract a mate (something I have been guilty of, and may still be guilty of sometimes depending on interpretation)!

  5. March 17, 2011 / 8:29 am

    Great last paragraph!! And I also love what you wrote in your ‘about me’.

  6. March 17, 2011 / 6:01 am

    This post makes me happy – it’s very uplifting. And I love the peacock feather dress in the first pik. All the photos are great! You are beautiful in every one of them.

  7. March 17, 2011 / 2:02 am

    Rock on Allie…..love this post!!

  8. March 16, 2011 / 8:27 pm

    So, the purpose of the blog is feminist in a sense. Yeah!

  9. March 16, 2011 / 5:24 pm

    I really love this post. You say it all so well, and you always look amazing so you must be doing something right 🙂

  10. March 16, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    What a lovely post! I think your last line is particularly important: “You don’t have to sacrifice style for substance.” Too often there’s this sense that caring about fashion/style/how you present yourself is not as “worthwhile” as other pursuits.

    I really like how you think of dressing for the blog as a daily opportunity to inspire others that they too can enjoy what they wear. And I absolutely agree with Mrs Bossa, keep on doing what you’re doing!

  11. Anonymous
    March 16, 2011 / 4:35 pm

    LOVE this post!!!

  12. March 16, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    I never thought about the used of clothing to express relgion/ music etc I guess because I don’t, but you’re right there are many things we can use clothing for.

  13. March 16, 2011 / 3:42 pm

    An inspiring and uplifting post! Good to read something so unequivocally positive. Keep on doing what you’re doing, lady…

  14. March 16, 2011 / 3:39 pm

    I use this blog to help other women find their personal style

    That is a fine reason. Admirable.

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