Hello everyone! (Or right now no one since this is my first post and I haven’t told anyone I started this.) My name is Jamie and I am setting out to chronicle a year of skirt-wearing. As a pants/shorts-only type of gal I’ve become more and more interested in the topic of feminine dress over the years and more importantly (to me anyway) is why I have never felt particularly comfortable in feminine attire? What has been instilled in me for all of these years, that to dress in a clearly feminine fashion makes me feel well…weird?
Reading others’ blogs has been a big factor in my interest and knowledge of this subject. I’ve been especially inspired by Tiffany at True Femininity, Tricia over at Tricia’s Take (her wardrobe is much nicer than mine ever will be but I appreciate her unabashed girly-ness), and The Challenge over at Feelin’ Feminine.
A few other things about me: I am a protestant Christian (Lutheran to be exact), but not a super-educated one. You probably won’t find me quoting scripture much. My desire to dress femininely somewhat comes from my belief that the Bible encourages it, but also to discover a side of myself that I’ve never allowed myself to tap into. I am 32 years old and have three children ages 6, 4, and 2.
This may seem silly but I also feel that time is tick-tocking away. I know I am a beautiful woman in the eyes of God and my loved ones, and yet much of the time I feel downright plain and maybe even frumpy. I am worried I will spend the rest of my life in pants and shorts wondering why I never feel beautiful, and I will have spent my youthful life never really enjoying or understanding my natural feminine beauty. Also, this is a type of beauty I feel I can realistically OBTAIN. I don’t want to do anything artificial to myself for beauty. I don’t want to change my haircolor, tan, work out excessively, keep up a mani-pedi regimen, or do any of the thousand other things women are encouraged to do. I plan on doing what I’ve always done which is to take care of my body/spirit and pluck my eyebrows and shave my legs! (And I don’t think women should even feel they HAVE to do those things either.)
But I’m trying skirts, and dresses too.
It should be interesting!
Here was my first day in a skirt last week. I know I don’t look super-fab, but it was a perfect outfit for a day of housecleaning with my little monkeys. My oldest daughter took this for me!
Have a wonderful day!