ySo, this is my first post for Liability Magazine and my role is to focus on fashion and style. Seen as it’s my first one, I thought it would only be right to talk about my personal style and
icons in the world of fashion. My style; I’ll call it ‘Artist in the 60s meets Pocahontas meets Bohemian festival goer meets Charity shop chic.’ Think the eclectic colours and patterns of Frida Kahlo, mixed with the undone, boho, festival vibes of Kate Moss, throw in Sienna Miller’s modern, fresh take on the 60s, Brigitte Bardot’s hair, an old, oversized, paint splattered denim shirt, some paisley fabric, a ton of silver jewellery and a turban/bindi/flower crown.
My top ten wardrobe essentials include:
1. A pair of well-loved, ripped, cut-off denim shorts.
2. A sloppy, throw-on white tee.
3. A bright, colourful, paisley maxi dress.
4. A silky, oversized shirt.
5. Skinny blue jeans. (Preferably with one ripped knee.)
6. Skinny white jeans. (No rips.)
7. A slinky maxi skirt, in a neutral colour.
8. A short, swing dress in a vibrant, African-inspired print. (Think designer Mister Zimi. GOOGLE THEM!)
9. An oversized, denim shirt or jacket that goes with everything!
10. A chocolate brown, leather jacket. (Faux leather, obvs!)
Fashion for me is fun; it’s an expression of who I am, what I want to say about myself, what I want other people to see and how I want them to perceive me. It’s about not taking life too seriously, but it is about playing around with looks and the different characters you can create. Style is different. Style is getting to know fabrics and materials, having an understanding of various cuts, lengths and necklines and already knowing which will suit you before you head to the fitting rooms. Style is knowing your body well enough to dress it in complimentary shapes, showing off your assets and hiding the bits you’d rather not accentuate.
Getting to know your body when you have a disability can be really difficult. It can make you feel like there is already something ‘wrong’ with your body before you’ve even thought about your figure or hair style or fashion choices. It can put huge pressure on the choices you can make with fashion and clothes because you have no choice in how your body decides to move, work or look. Certain fabrics, fastenings and lengths can be limiting and it can be frustrating shopping in high street shops when your needs as a woman aren’t met by the ‘normal’ standards of the fashions industry.
But fashion and clothes can also give freedom, confidence and happiness. They can make you feel really, REALLY good when you know how to use them to your advantage. So, in my articles, I want to discuss how to use fashion for you; as an inclusive tool, for women with disabilities, for able-bodied women, for all women. Let’s talk about body types and how to dress them, about fashion trends and colour palettes, high street bargains and designer splurges, and ways to rock different styles. But, most of all, let’s find out the best ways in which we can use fashion to feel confident, sexy and beautiful. Because, let’s face it, we all deserve that!