Hi Guys! This weeks post is by the lovely Isabella Piper. It is all about body confidence and societal expectations of women, specifically their dress code. Isabella tell’s her own personal journey and struggle into the woman she is today and would like to share that with you! I hope you guys enjoy the story and can relate!
A Woman’s Dress Code
My whole life I have struggled with the perception that was instilled inside of me at a young age. The way that I should: look, act, and feel in a woman’s body that is. As a teenager growing up in a world that is filled with social media and magazines, it’s easy to fall into the trap of how should I feel in my body as a woman.
I have been told in the past to not wear a short dress or a skirt because of the looks and cat-calls I will receive if I do so. I think that is astonishing. Astonishing in a terrible fashion. Unfathomable to even piece together in my mind. As a young woman, I should be able to wear whatever I am comfortable in. I shouldn’t have to pay the price for being “vulnerable”. And I want to inspire all young women to feel the same. Don’t let anybody tell you what you should feel comfortable in. A low-cut top doesn’t portray the feeling that you’re asking to be taken advantage of. A short dress doesn’t either. You make the boundaries for the clothing that you wear. I want all young women to be inspired; and feel beautiful in their skin. You deserve to feel outstandingly gorgeous in whatever you decide to wear.
However, I do remember the constant comments and disapproval that I received for my choices. Honestly speaking, I rarely ever find myself putting on a bra anymore. I don’t shave when I don’t have the time. I put on makeup in my own style; and for the sake of myself. I decided to make choices for myself, and myself only. And You should do the same.
I shouldn’t have to be looked at like I’m crazy for not wearing a bra with certain outfits. I feel so amazing. I was told my whole life to always cover myself up. And to hide the fact that I was becoming a woman. But now that I am older, I have obtained confidence in my body and have chosen how I would like to display it to the universe. I shouldn’t have to be told that I’m “dirty” or “gross” for not choosing to shave. At the end of the day, do whatever makes you feel ravishing. That includes all things that pertain your body.
You have the right to choose how you display your body. I’m not going to lie, I have received a lot of backlash for the way I view this topic. The way that my mind is so free-flowing, and how I inspire women to feel this way as well. But I think it is outstanding, the thoughts that have transpired me recently. I feel as if the only true way to be happy in a world with constant opinions and standards fed to you by the media and society, is to tune it out.
Be your own kind of beautiful. The kind that you feel the most comfortable in. Do not let anybody tell you how to feel and react to occurrences taking place in your body as a woman.
You deserve to feel stunning, and whatever look makes you feel this way; take it and run with it. We all deserve to feel beautiful in our own skin.
Thank you to everyone interested in taking part in this project! unfortunately this project has come to an end in terms of accepting new pieces!