USE COLOR TO FIND YOUR VOICE
When I began dressing myself in a trailer at a young age, I instinctively knew clothing is part of self-expression. I was born to read color. Your style and the way you dress yourself is a statement for your soul. I didn’t wear my Charlotte Hornets outfit to the circus because I wanted everyone to know I was a boy into sports. I intentionally wore it because the colors made me feel mystical and looking back on the indigo and teal hues most likely helped me to protect my growing third eye chakra. Children don’t always choose clothing based on gender norms and hetero expectations. They often choose clothing because it resonates with who they are and not who you want them to be.
Growing up poor has also taught me that people create belonging with fashion. In middle school, having a GAP hoodie was popular. Boys would wear blue and gray while the girls flaunted pink and white ones at recess. And then in-your-face brands faded while the school mandated uniforms. But even having uniforms, the way the collars popped and the subtle seagull logos didn’t erase classism and school bullying. Kids and adults still taunt you for being the underdog. But one day, you’ll step beyond that pressurized shame chamber and come out.
What’s trending isn’t always reflective of you. Fashion trends are designed to promote consumerism. And so many believe that trends say more about your self-worth and your ability to provide for your family. On the contrary, you don’t need to follow the herd to validate your self-worth or prove to society you are a legitimate human being with a sense of purpose and identity. Fashion is meant to help you channel your power. Not feed into clothing stereotypes.
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TAKE YOUR SOUL TO THE STREETS
Elsa Isaac a colorful expert in the fashion world writes about using Pinterest to create a fashion vision board for style inspiration. She helps you wear your personality proud. I chose this sweater from Brute Impact, a street-style clothing company dedicated to giving underdogs fashion and a voice, because it crosses so many aspects of my own evolution and relationship to color and society. It’s very Mars retrograde feeling. The texture of the sweater feels like a magic cloak. And extra comfy while reading color on the floor.
I know people crave to feel and look good. They also believe you have to break the bank for curb appeal, but you don’t always have to give something up or sacrifice yourself in order to feel and look good. When you decide to come out of your personal closet in whatever capacity that looks like then you have to accept energy responds accordingly. Don’t feel ashamed for wearing your heart on your sleeve. It’s brave, bold, and certainly beautiful.