Friday, July 15, 2011
I'm not sure I could do that- though I don't feel like I have a particularly negative self-image (in fact discovering the fashion blog-o-sphere and seeing the wonderful things women of all shapes and sizes come up with in the way they dress is something I love about this online community). Nevertheless, I do think about shape- not usually in terms of "fat" or "thin", but in how silhouettes can be. constructed.
I thought it was fitting that this discussion should crop up in time for this post. I walked into the room with this skirt the other day and Ian said 'are you going to school?' So I decided that yes, I would - and went school girl all the way. It was when I was younger, at school, wearing a uniform day in, day out, that shape didn't really figure into the equation. I was forced to wear a tie, a shapeless white shirt and drab tan pants/skirt, so silhouette was something I had no control over.
These days shape is something I love to play with. Learning about cuts and clothes has allowed me to come to love fashion and its great transformative power. Occasionally I battle with my body, wishing I could pull off some waifish, flat-chested style, but more often than not I think of it as just another element in the creative process of dressing. So what do you think? Could you take shape out of the equation?