June 2012

I love my stripes

So leave them alone!

Recently I saw a friend post something on Facebook about hating stripes—particularly horizontal ones—because they don’t make anyone look good. This friend is so funny and delightful and I took it as a tongue-in-cheek comment, but it did make me think about how we police ourselves and what we are “allowed” to wear or not because of how we look.

For years I only wore black, telling myself it’s because I’m an artist and I love the color and it fits me. Well, that’s all true, but I like colors, too. I just didn’t want to look as fat as I am, and I thought wearing all-black, from ankle to elbow, was the answer—even in the summertime, which is hot and humid and unbearable in such clothing.