Dressing Differently

For as long as I can remember, I have loved wearing dresses. There is something about a pretty dress that makes my heart skip a beat. In my mind, good weather means one thing: dresses. As a child, I was very fond of traditional ‘girly’ clothing. I loved Disney Princesses and the colour pink. If you had asked me at five years old what I wanted to be in the future, I would have told you that I wanted to be either Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. Although I always preferred Cinderella as an actual movie, I liked Sleeping Beauty because her main dress was pink. As a child I rejected many traditional masculine items. I never believed that women were less than men but, in my own silliness I believed that girls should always be pretty.

As I grew older, I realised that life isn’t as simple as two genders who wear very different types of clothing. Yet I never grew out of my love of what I saw as pretty clothing. I love hippie fashion and I try to incorporate aspects of it in my clothing with varying degrees of success. I hate wearing casual clothes and I avoid them as much as possible. It would be easy to say that I still have an unconscious bias towards traditional feminine clothing, but I would argue that I simply feel more comfortable dressing in that particular way. I will choose a skirt over a pair of shorts any day. In the winter, I tend to wear colourful stand-out tops with skinny jeans and a pair of boots. In the summer, that is really when personal style comes to the fore.

In the summer, I love wearing sun-dresses and maxi-skirts. There is something so beautiful about a maxi skirt, they are striking and different. I love the sun-dress I have from Dunnes that is blue and white and somehow suits my figure perfectly as well as being very cool. When I am going on a walk, I do sometimes prefer to wear shorts and some sort of top, as shorts can be more comfortable; yet I still dress far more towards my personal sense of style. Something which I love all year round is jewellery. I love drop earrings that make a statement, I love simple, yet beautiful necklaces and a little bracelet to finish it off.

Unlike most girls my age, I avoid most forms of make-up. The skin on my face is sensitive and I am afraid of what lots of chemicals could do to it. I am also blessed with slightly sallow skin and I have never felt the need to wear fake tan. When I do wear make-up, I tend to wear a bit of eye-shadow, mascara and lipstick. I love matté lipstick, it makes a statement whilst also preventing chapped lips.

As I grew into my teenage years, I realised how different my sense of fashion was for someone my age. It is funny, considering my other interests, most people who don’t know me well, don’t really think that I care about what I am wearing. But I think fashion is important. People can learn a lot about you from the way you present yourself to the world. It is an important visual way of communicating your feelings. I am slowly learning not to care if people think I dress like an old woman, if they think I look strange, if I dress too modestly. I am an individual, I can’t change that.

I have promised myself to never change my personal style because of what others want. I must always be able to smile at myself in the mirror and feel confident about my clothes even in the deepest parts of my mind. Despite popular opinion, humans have a lot in common with each other, too much in many ways. Dressing differently makes me an individual, so when I stand out I don’t feel embarrassed, I smile and I am thankful I am not like everybody else.

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