What I Wear
I've already waxed on extensively about how I feel about the fashion industry, it's restraints on us, and all the awesome things we can do to make a difference here. What's especially important to me, and why the subject deserves a second look, are the often overlooked and quite literal restraints that clothing puts on our bodies. The restraints that limit breathing, the shackles that stop the natural flow of the digestive and lymphatic systems. And the stupid shoes that mutate feet into fragile lumps of bunions and gangly toes.
Here are a couple excerpts from my previous post, which I recommend reading to get a low-down on my views as a former insider:
On conformity: "...I am talking about the very real way in which clothing is manufactured to hold your body and all its parts in an unnatural way that limits how you move, breath, digest and function. Here is some more info on the subject and 'the skinny jean injury' in Australia. Shoes are a big one here. Most shoes are absolutely stupid, hurt your feet, put your entire body out of alignment, and aren't actually comfortable. I have too many memories of women proclaiming that some high heels are just, "sit and look pretty shoes" for when you go for cocktails and don't need to move. That line is still in the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Things I've Heard While Working Retail (but that's another post)."
Clothing that promotes freedom of movement: "Freedom to move your body and freedom to drift through trends and moods. Clothing shouldn't restrict your capacity to do something you love. Whether it's swinging on the monkey bars with your kids or wandering for hours on cobble stone streets in Venice. Don't compartmentalize your wardrobe into 'clothing you can't move in but wear all day' and 'stuff I can't wait to change into when you get home'. I have a rule for my clients: at the end of the day, if you can't wait to tear whatever it is off your body as soon as you walk in the door (and it's not for naughty reasons) then why the hell did you wear it all day? It begs you to ask yourself if what you're wearing is because you want to or if there is an outside pressure that expects you to wear it. Also, you are more than allowed to switch your styles from day to day and not worry that you're not trendy enough. Who says you can't wear yoga pants all day or a medieval gown to walk your dog? Uppity fashion assholes, that's who. Don't let their insecurities or agendas dictate your decisions."
Freedom of movement.
Here's a great point from Katy Bowman, (taken from the article that I link to in my section on conformity) that specifically addresses the impact of compressive garments on pregnant women but is extremely applicable to all restrictive clothing:
"You’re not a Nerf ball, you’re a person. Pressing your belly in toward your spine means your guts have to go up toward your diaphragm, making breathing or digestion more difficult, or down, increasing the strain on the pelvic floor... What I mean by “you’re not a Nerf ball” is, you don’t come with extra space, like the foam used to make a Nerf toy. Compressing your parts comes with consequences, and pushing on one part pushes on another and another and another. Compressive garments don’t only push on the larger pressure chambers of your thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic cavities, they push on what’s inside of these chambers."
I intend for this list below to be forever evolving and changing. I welcome your feedback and can't wait to hear about your favourite brands and how they strive for movement, sustainability and an all around happy planet.