It might seem hard to believe, but I did not always dress in bright colors and loud patterns. Once upon a time, I disliked having photos taken. When I was pregnant with my daughter I wore black yoga pants, which really were sweat pants with a fancy merchandising label. There’s nothing like regurgitation and lack of sleep to make you not care about clothing. Except they were a staple well into the toddler years as well.
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Garter stitch scarf (own pattern) in La Gran Mohair by Classic Elite; Knitting Pure & Simple # 9725 Neck Down Cardigan by Diane Soucy in Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica; Dress no. 2; Pants, pattern forthcoming
At some point I transitioned to black linen pants. I looked in thrift stores and online for pairs that had forgiving elastic waists, as well as a size a range that could accommodate me. The gravitation to darker colors was an effort to camouflage my body. I did not like the way I looked and certainly did not want to call attention to myself. Getting dressed for special occasions was a particular chore, with rejected pieces of clothing piling up on the bed.
Acer Cardigan by Kirsten Kapur in Beaverslide Merino Worsted; Shirt no. 2; Dress no. 1; Pants no. 2
In 2002 I learned how to knit, which in turn led me to the online world of blogs and photo sharing sites like Flickr. I joined a group started by Tricia Royal, called Wardrobe_Remix, which was a place for people to chronicle what they were wearing in their daily lives. I made the scary leap of taking a full length photo and putting it on the internet. I was buoyed by the positive response and made many wonderful friends. Several years later I began sewing, started sharing those clothes and here we are now.
Radiance Shawlette by Tina Whitmore in Knitwhits Freia Handpaints Ombre worsted; Knitting Pure & Simple # 9724 Neck Down Pullover for Women in Pigeonroof Studios Superwash Merino Worsted; Dress no. 1; Pants no. 1
I share this backstory, because I subscribed to the idea that a particular number on a scale or dress size was required to feel good about myself, when actually the exact opposite turned out to be true. I decided to wear those things I was avoiding. As my confidence grew, I went brighter with the colors and bolder with the prints—Hello Polkadots! I found what clothes I liked to wear and slowly grew my wardrobe to suit my needs.
Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies in GGH Via Mala; Dress no. 2; Pants no. 1
If you’re waiting around for some contrived notion of the right time, don’t! It might never happen. Have fun and wear what makes you feel good.