March 25, 2011

FBFF Questions: Feminism In Fashion

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I touched on this topic during International Women's Day sharing just because I'm into fashion doesn't make me any less of a feminist.

Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
I don't think so at all. Fashion at it's core is two things, 1: essential (everyone has to wear clothes) and 2: creative expression. We can express whatever we want to say to the world with our clothing choices, we can declare "I'm a feminist" proudly with a T-shirt or do it by wearing a power suit and running a Forbes 500 company. Women can do it all: look put together, have a great job, be a great mom (if they chose to be) and/or wife.

There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
Well I based my blog on what opinions I had, so I would say I share a lot. When a death in the family occurred I didn't know if I should write about it but when it was keeping me from my blog I thought I'd share why I had been absent. Everyone was really great and supportive. The blogging community is a great one so I wouldn't be afraid to share because you may receive some kind words you needed to hear.

With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role? 
This is a very interesting question. I definitely think female designers understand the female shape and what makes us comfortable better. Male designers usually design clothes to make us feel and look sexy (who can blame them?). I think the world as a whole would be better if women were running it because we tend to be a little more rational and logical when it comes to decisions. We don't have the "alpha" dog gene that men do.

How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
I carry myself with more confidence knowing that people can't treat me a certain way. I stick up for myself a little more when I used to be pretty quiet. I think wearing great clothes that fit and flatter you always make you carry yourself differently (in a good way). Women shouldn't be afraid to dress well because they are afraid it's distracting or gain unwanted attention. Dress to make yourself feel good and be proud!

Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
Well I wrote a post touching on this subject last night. I definitely think clothing and hair can communicate truth about yourself. Even when you are lying about your hair, you can conveying something about yourself. Makeup is a touchy subject because I view makeup more as something fun. My daily routine is usually tinted moisturizer (for the SPF protection) and lip balm because I always need something on my lips. But I do have tons of makeup that I play around with because it is fun to play with different looks. If I wear a bright red lip, I'm definitely saying something about myself with that type of look. I think the fun thing about all of them is that you can switch it up depending on your mood. And don't we all have different types of moods?

What are your thoughts?

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  1. Loved reading your answers!! I might have a little of the Alpha Dog in me though :)
    Happy FBFF!!

  2. Thanks for reading my blog! haha well I'm sure you don't feel the need to conquer countries for pride :p

  3. What a great article!
    I'm also a fashion blogger, and a feminist, also I'm from México, and here they're a little behind in the movement... so when I say that I love fashion everyone is like: but, you're like a feminist, no?, you can't have both things.
    It sucks, but thanks to articles like yours I feel positive about the future ;)



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