Hello my dears! Lately my views on how we dress and what we wear have been morphing and changing. A lot of questions have come into my head, and some interesting theories as well. I thought it would be interesting to share a few of these musings with you all, so I am beginning a series called Thoughts on Dress. I not only want to share my thoughts with you all, but I want to hear your thoughts on the questions/theories/ideas I present in these posts.
I have always had an “odd” view of clothes. After all, I design and make my own garments. How can a designer not have their own, odd, view of the world they want to create? I believe that clothes are an outward expression of who we are, our personality, who God has made us to be. When we wear a certain outfit, it expresses a message to the world, whether that message is “I don’t care about how I look, I just want to be comfortable,” or “I don’t care what the world thinks about me, I want to look nice and presentable.” When we embrace our femininity, by wearing clothing that makes us look like what we are, women, created in the image of God, we are sending a message to the world that we delight in being what we were created to be. Feminine dress doesn’t mean ruffles, bows, pastels, and fru-fru styles. It can mean that, but it isn’t just that one thing. Feminine dress makes you look like what you are: A woman. An outfit can be dull in color and completely devoid of decoration, but it can still be feminine. Because dress isn’t just about our clothes, it includes hair, shoes, and accessories.
I want my clothes to communicate who I am: I am a creative person; that means my clothes will reflect that. I am a woman, and I delight in that fact; that means they will be feminine. I want to look nice all the time, while still being dressed practically; that means there won’t be much difference between my wardrobe and the average woman’s “Church” outfit. I love history; that means my clothes will look different from what the average woman on the street is wearing today. What I wear will communicate these messages. It won’t always communicate ALL of these messages, because I think what we wear is a work in progress. But if I can communicate to the people around me that I am different, that I believe there is something more to life than just living, without uttering a single word, then I have achieved something. We can trigger questions by what we wear, and sometimes those questions end up starting the most important conversations a person might ever have in their life.
So, my question for you is:
What message is your clothing sending the world around you?
P.S. The images above are in progress shots of a Regency Dress that I made recently. I will post more about it soon! Once I get some decent photographs.
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