What clothes mean to women

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday! I’m hanging out in Brooklyn today and hope to stay in the borough all weekend (except for maybe for a trip to Chinatown for some dumplings). Anyway, I was reading the times this morning and came across this GREAT article that talks about a new book coming out next year. The book is written by three women, Sheila Heti (hey girl hayyy), Leanne Shapton, and Heidi Julavits, who have joined forces on a soon-to-be-completed book, Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear.
The book features different writes who speak about specific pieces from their wardrobe and what the clothes mean to them. As the New York Times describes, Women in Clothes is “A collection of surveys, essays, interviews, emails, diary entries, graphics and old photographs, the 500-page book records the daily rituals and reflections on body image from women around the world, from a high school teacher in Wisconsin to a Cambodian journalist.”
Women in Clothes hasn’t come out yet but I cannot wait to get my hands on it and take a look at what it says about other women’s relationships to their clothes. The idea of this book struck so close to home for me. I love clothing and often think (as probably most women do) about how specific pieces reflect my personality or mood to the rest of the world. Our fashion choices can say a lot about us as individuals, so finding clothes that we love should be ultra important. Places like Gifts for Women feel similarly about the importance of women’s fashion, and their articles may be worth taking a look at if you’re interested in the ins and outs of fashion at the moment.
As the New York Times describes: “Women in Clothes” provides a window into the endless factors that go into women’s decision making when it comes to dressing. An everyday struggle may be the choice of what to wear to the office, but also how to accessorize your uniform at an Israeli military checkpoint.
And it’s right. In today’s society how you look and how you represent yourself to the world as a woman can be difficult. Even in New York I feel the pressure. Always to look better, always to look more beautiful. This can be impossible when you’re riding the L train with a group of models just casually hanging out on their day off! I hope this book can shed some light onto this thought process and maybe, by hearing different women talk about their experiences, it will make us all feel a little less alone.
(Top photo via Her New Tribe and Women in Clothes.)

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