This is going to be an incredible summer. In Tucson, where July easily reaches 110 degrees during the day, people reduce the roasting by wearing minimal amounts of clothing. This was problematic for me in previous years because I was always caught between wanting to hide my shameful body, and wanting to strip down to nearly nothing due to the heat. I've always suffered in silence while wearing more fabric than I needed to... but 2013 is where it allllllllllll changes. 2012 held an empowering moment where I ventured into the ocean in a fatkini... but at the time it terrified me to do so. This year, it's fear-free and on. To quote my babe of a friend Alison: "You ain't scared".
As I thrift, I've been collecting skin tight dresses, sheer blouses, lace shirts, "booty shorts", and skirts so short they show more than you'd believe. All of the things I love, none of the shame. This skirt is one of those mentioned above. It may not look tiny to you, but when you're a gal with curves all over, clothing tends to shorten the instant you move. So on days when I'm feeling demure, I'll wear shorts underneath. On the days I feel bawdy... well. Y'know.
I'm excited to tell you that you're going to be seeing a little more intentional style on The Militant Baker. Ever since I realized that fat clothing is powerful, political, and radically influential, I've been wanting to share more of what this body can rock. Thanks to a new job where I now get to consciously dress up (no more uniforms!), and a few exciting partnerships... well, just you wait. It's gonna be sexy.
Ever heard that "Summer In the City" song by Regina Spektor? She talks about what hot season fashion is all about, and it's my favorite thing to show off. April through September is great because it consists of miles and miles of...
Boobs! Or cleavage, if you're classy like that.
Prepare yourself. Summer is definitely coming.
(Similar "IWWIW" posts are also here, here, and here)