Yesterday, I spent an afternoon walking around my high school neighborhood. I even walked through the park where I ran track for gym class, which I deeply dreaded.
The last time I was even in this park, I was wearing my gym class uniform. A white t-shirt with our school logo and a pair of knee-length navy shorts that I used to roll up at the waist to make them more “flattering.” And 8 years later, I am walking through the park with an outfit I chose to wear without the constraints of a school dress code.
This white skirt would have sent me straight to the “office” where I would be told to change into my gym clothes. Simply because too much of my legs were showing. This is probably why leggings underneath skirts became a thing. Does anyone remember that?
This could also be the reason why I have avoided skirts for so long. I mean I only own two in total. And I only got this white one about two weeks ago. Believing that it was “bad” or “wrong” to wear something short and “revealing” was certainly taught. Because who was I hurting or offending by wearing something that felt comfortable to me?
So is it any coincidence that I decided to wear a “short” skirt to the one place where I couldn’t before. Maybe on some subconscious level, it was intentional. To remind myself that I am no longer confined by other people’s outdated definitions of what’s appropriate to wear.
And let’s be real, skirts are way more comfortable in the summer heat than a pair of tight denim shorts ever will be.
The things I choose to wear now express my love for my body, my mood, and my desire to be comfortable.
What do you try to express in the way you dress? Would love to know!
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