Women’s closets are often mocked as a form of self-indulgence, shop-a-holicism, or narcissism. But this isn’t fair. Instead, if a woman is class-privileged enough, they reflect an (often unarticulated) understanding of just how complicated the rules are. If they’re not class-privileged enough, they can’t follow the rules and are punished for being, for example, “trashy” or “unprofessional.” It’s a difficult job that we impose on women and we’re all too often damned-if-we-do and damned-if-we-don’t."
Lisa Wade (via thefemcritique)
Yep, I have clothes I only wear for job interviews & meetings. I don’t even like them, but I know I need them to get ahead in my career.
And because it’s necessary for most women across professions, the clothing industry uses that to their advantage, charging far more for lesser quality than you get with men’s clothing. I know how awful my grab-bag wardrobe looks, but seriously? I can get away with looking unprofessional because I work at home—my bed’s right there, you know?—and I probably spend a bare minimum of $1K less than even the basics cost most women per year.
A kid was walking around school wearing this today and didn’t receive a single comment from administration.
Meanwhile, I was pulled over twice by them to mention how “incredibly short” my bottoms were.
Last time I checked, my shorts don’t reference blowjobs.
Quit sexualizing things that aren’t meant to be suggestive.
- (A man comes to the counter and places two dresses on the counter: one sized XS and one sized XXL.)
- Me: “Are these dresses both for the same woman?”
- Customer: “Yes.”
- Me: “Oh, okay. These are both very different sizes, so they are not likely to fit the same person. What size does she usually take?”
- Customer: “Um… I’m not sure.”
- Manager: “Well, does she look more like me or more like her?”
- (Note: my manager is quite small, and I am quite big.)
- Customer: “Um… uh… I’m sure these will be fine.”
- Me: “Sir, because the price is marked down on these dresses they will be Final Sale, so you will not be able to return them if they are not the right size. Are you sure we can’t help you?”
- (The customer looks around furtively, then leans in close so that only my manager and I can hear what he is saying.)
- Customer: “These dresses are for me, actually.”
- (My manager looks at me, and I at her, and then she turns to the customer and speaks a very matter of fact voice.)
- Manager: “Why don’t you go try them on, then?”
- Customer: “Really? Would that be okay with you?”
- Manager: “Of course! Let me get you started with a fitting room.”
- (I spend the next hour bringing this man dresses to try on and he had a lovely time! He introduced himself to me and thanked us profusely for being so understanding and helpful. He left with four dresses, all of which fit him to a tee, and he came back regularly after that.)
No Name by Wilma Hurskainen
Taken from Wilma’s No Name series, which explores many of her memories while growing up, these images were inspired by her childhood admiration for chameleons and camouflage in the animal kingdom.
I have a bit of an obsession for funky tights.
Cracked: The 7 Most Baffling Things About Women's Clothes
This movie was amazing.
His nomination for sainthood is long overdue.
I pray to the altar of Tim Gunn.
All my love for this dude.
Silly me, I guessed “grades”
It is astounding how long it takes me to get dressed when I don’t have anywhere to be.
9:30 “maybe I should take off my pyjamas”
10:00 “underpants time!”
10:30 “fine….I’ll also put some real pants on”
11:15 “do I really have to wear a bra?” *debate this for 15 minutes*
11:45 “which shirt to wear?” *spend forever choosing one*
12:30 “this whole thing doesn’t feel right…maybe I should get changed….”