I posted a picture of my finished knit displayed on a mannequin to the Web and after someone commented on how great it turned out the person added “I wish I had the courage to wear something like that…”
I don’t know the woman personally nor do I know her full story behind the comment, but it lead me to think a little of my own journey on gaining courage to wear certain items. I could write a long list of things I wish were a little different about myself, but I’m choosing to head in a different direction.
I’m joining team Body Positivity. My wish is for women and men (and myself!) to feel good about themselves as they are in this moment. I am not always in that space, but I try to pull back a little on pointing out my “problem areas”. I’m learning to celebrate beauty and confidence in myself and others.
Part of what body positiveness means to me is being loving and accepting of your body as it is and this means wearing those things to which you are drawn. I’m not a fan of those strict fashion rules that say you have to minimize a large bust, or draw attention away from the hips, or avoid wearing stripes over a certain size. Listen, if you like it and if your are comfortable in it, wear it, my friends. If you aren’t comfortable, then make the changes you want or need to make and/or find the acceptance you need to get there, but in the meantime love yourself and see value in yourself as is.
So to that woman I offer encouragement for her to wear those things to which she is drawn.
Pattern: Dress #9 in Vogue Knitting Fall 2007, Size 40″ Bust
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in Japanese Maple