Hey everyone! I know I’ve said this before but autumn is my absolute favorite season. I love how the leaves are so beautiful but I also love how the plants are not such blindingly green but are more subtle colors and you can start to appreciate the structure of the plant rather than just the color. I think I appreciate every beautiful day more knowing that winter is right around the corner too!
It’s also sweater season and as an apple-shaped woman there is a lot of selection for us if we get the fabric right. I definitely don’t want anything too clingy or form-fitting so it’s a balance to have some shape so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a bag but it needs to skim and hang flatteringly. This sweater is actually a light cotton fabric, in kind of a waffle weave so it has substance from the knit but is light from the material.
As we proved in this post when the top has a pattern it looks more like a complete outfit than a solid colored top. I was drawn to the design on the sweater since it’s so interesting and has pattern but is not overwhelming. I tried a necklace with this but felt it was competing with the design so I ditched it.
And lastly, I debated whether to talk about the #MeToo phenomenon where women are coming forward to say that they have been sexually harassed. I don’t want this space to be political, though I know sexual harassment affects women of all political persuasions (and size and age and color and ethnicity and religion and… sigh). I debated with myself that this is a fashion site that helps women dress better but further thinking made me realize this is a “confidence site”. I want women to be more confident and clothes just happen to be the focus.
So, let me say, #MeToo. I was harassed at age 15 by my boss who was at least twice my age, by a coworker at a non-profit who I went to my supervisor about, and then I was let go, and by a Congressman who finally went down in flames when he was a big-city mayor when one woman (not me) had the courage to speak up.
Now, I’m not looking for sympathy or to discuss this to death because if you’re female, you already know about this. But, if you are a male, this might be new to you and I’d like to move this discussion forward so it’s not just us women discussing it over a glass of wine. I think the best way to do that is to enlist the men in our lives as our allies. The easiest way is to ask them to say “Dude, that’s not cool” when they hear something sexist. Yes, they can say and do more but I’ll take that.
Ok everyone, I’m really liking this idea that this is a “confidence site” and it seems like it has legs, especially as a mission statement. I want to keep this place fresh, not just for you, but for me too. Well, let’s see where this goes!
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