I have to thank Haley Sengsavanh for inspiring this new blog series. We were having a get to know you coffee after meeting at #VFWSS22 and what we discussed ranged widely - the journalism/writing industry, gender bias, age bias, ethnicity, fashion writing, the fashion industry, interviewing, books, styles of writing and movies all came up. It was so much fun.
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A fascinating examination of the true weight of fashion, Worn Stories' ability to tie unexpected threads leads to unexpected and emotional connections that prove people have more in common than just the clothes we buy. - Netflix
One story came from a married couple who had become nudists. They weren't body beautiful and didn't care. They moved into a community that all were nudists. Most wore shoes or sandals, Some a shirt to protect their shoulders from sunburn. In any common areas, they all brought a towel to sit on. What was stunning was the woman's comment on body image. She had extra pounds and, as an older woman, things sagged and were dimply. But she said it was when she wore clothing that she was ashamed of her body. As soon as she embraced nudity, that poor body image fell away.
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At some point during our conversation, I shared how my favorite pieces in my closet weren't necessarily the ones that looked the most fab on me, or that everyone thought were to die for. They were the pieces that had a story to them. The same holds for many of my pieces of jewelry and pairs of shoes. Many are not expensive high end, but their story embraces me when I wear them.
Today is the introduction to my new blog submission series - A Story from My Closet. In the next week I will be sharing the story of one piece from my closet that, when I wear it, brings many fond memories. And I am asking anyone who has a cherished garment or accessory with an interesting story you'd like to share, to do so in this column. I just need a short write-up of 500-800 words, and a picture of you wearing or holding the treasure. Submit your writeup and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and put A Story from my Closet in the subject line!
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Check back for my story in the next few day an I can't wait to hear yours.