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  1. September 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm —

    That fashion article is excellent, but I think he leaves one really important bit out.

    He’s totally right that women’s fashion isn’t really about the guys and how they see us… after all, we don’t really expect our boyfriends to notice the subtleties of our outfits. We expect that stuff to get noticed by other women and gay men. 😉

    And he’s totally right that it’s partly about community, a sort of shared language and passion, like sport is for men.

    But a really central thing I think he missed is just how personal it also is. How much of it is about how a woman feels, how she wants or needs to feel, how she sees herself, and what kind of image she wants to project. I think that’s the biggest need that fashion fills… a sort of way to navigate our identities and emotions and self-conception. There are days when you want to feel powerful and in control, and days when you want to feel relaxed and laid back. There are days when you want to feel sexy and mature, and days when you want to feel cute and fun. Days for asserting individuality, and days for just blending in. Days for being rock and roll and days for being elegant. Sometimes you feel confident and daring and want to try something new, and sometimes you want to comfort yourself with tried-and-true stand-bys. Sometimes you want to express yourself and show the world who you are and sometimes you feel guarded and want to put on your armor.

    That kind of stuff, the “how do I feel today and how do I want to feel today?”, is far, far, far more important to me in choosing what I’m going to wear in the morning than considerations of trends or participation in the language of Fashion. The latter is important, yes, and it’s fun and wonderful, but missing the intensely personal aspects of fashion is to miss one of the most crucial lessons in understanding it, and what it means to us, the ever elusive and incomprehensible Female Hivemind*.

    *sarcasm, of course.

    Still though, great article. 🙂

    • September 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm —

      That is an excellent point. I knew he was missing something, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what. But you’ve nailed it 🙂

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