From corsets to petticoats to pants to stilettos, feminism and fashion go hand in hand.
The Perkie Journey
It all started when I was out with friends, and my stick-on bra started to fall off. What does one do? Put it in their purse? Run to the bathroom and put the bra under the hand dryer? SOS! This is not just a "me problem", but a problem countless women have experienced and run into regularly.
The Blouse with a Cause
While this may appear as a simple blouse, understand that it is a blouse with a cause! My client searched and searched for apparel that best complimented her body image. For those of us that have not suffered the blight of breast cancer, we would not know how her mastectomy proved this to be a challenge. Breast cancer patients are at a quandary when it comes to shopping. My client faced the challenge of how and where to place her prosthetic for her right side mastectomy. She struggled with various bras that allowed for such a prosthetic insert. However her wardrobe had a mind of its own. Her favorite tops would often fall open as she bent over revealing the inefficient bras available on the market. She hated that her blouses could not be worn with comfort when she was constantly worried about the prosthetic that was not stable nor comfortable. Her bra was constantly shifting and moving with only one side as enclosing her natural body while the other side was filled with the prosthetic.
These Clothes Mean More Then Just Being Worn
Clothes make our identity and surge the self esteem, but does it play a part of our history? It's just a piece of material right?
Before I begin, I figured I should share a portion of my accreditations 💁🏽♀️ One reason I quit riding as a young person (just to get it sometime down the road once more) was a direct result of my boobs 🤦🏽♀️ As a teen I was "honored" with GG cup boobs that caused huge torment and shame. I can genuinely say that if the item and ability that presently exists in the Sport Bras industry was around at that point, I most likely couldn't have ever stopped my riding. Truth be told, it wasn't until subsequent to having had a bosom decrease that I hopped back in to the seat 🏇🏽
Want to up your sustainable and responsible living game? Try wearing the same dress for 100 days in a row. You heard me right!
Since January my inbox has been bombarded with well-meaning e-blasts about swimsuits. Because, y’know, it is just so easy to forget that sweltering period of time between May and September when the whole of the South feels like they’ve smeared themselves in Vaseline then bundled up in Saran wrap. “Oh, it’s only 97 degrees with 110% humidity? Silly me and here I was planning to wear my black trash bag!” said no one, ever.
Throughout the history of women’s fashion, comfort and convenience have often played second fiddle to appearance, and the crinoline is an excellent example of this phenomenon.
An illustrious ticket
The moment she walked in I felt a bazillion times better. Heels trotting upon the wet tile floor as she motioned quickly in my direction... I’d been waiting for a while. I recognized the scent of Muse on her, donning it like it was her goal to permeate the room with it; nevermind that it left my head in a daze.
An irksome trend which raised its head in 2020 was the return of the corset. On the catwalks of Paris to our home grown mistress of pop culture style (Kim Kardashian) the corset trend captivated the fashion world. As a 21st century woman I found this trend slightly disturbing - surely the feminist movement had seen us progress past such life DIS-affirming couture, birthed from 18th century whalebone constructions which damaged women's internal organs and pushed her lungs high up in her chest? It seemed incongruous with the advances made in feminine equality - or was it?
- Top Story - November 2020
How getting Rid of All My Old Underwear Was Lifechanging
I hear my friends talk about their sexy underwear, the corsets they wear on the weekends, the French knickers and push up bras, in general that feel good factor you feel just before getting into bed with their husbands. I remembered that feeling well, ever since my teens I always wore nice/sexy underwear, but after hitting my 40s and my husband throwing away most of my sexy underwear, I seemed to of stopped caring however, I didn’t realize just how much I stopped caring.
As the nation is in the grip of what will become the most tumultuous election cycle of this century, I am here going between sipping coffee and champagne while calmly(?) flipping through the pages of Vogue's November issue.
How to Look Like a French Woman
With the most famous brand of effortless chic - embracing the chic - who better to take the inspiration from our outfit styling than the French Woman? With the year of 2020 in view, It is the time to navigate and rethink the pieces we already own. In this case, we need to be more careful to not overdo everything.