Fashion "Rules"

Fashion "Rules"

By Stephanie Seferian

Fashion rules abound and, historically, it's the patriarchy that has embedded them into our collective psyche. That's right: women's clothing is heavily influenced by the opinions of men, and just a few of the most common man-inspired fashion "rules" include: Women would do well to wear "flattering" clothes (a.k.a. ones that bring them closer to the coveted hourglass silhouette). External appearance is paramount to comfort (Here's looking at you SPANX, stilettos, and wired push-up bras). While strong, straight silhouettes are powerful and masculine; tall and curvy ones are inherently feminine. If women want to be taken seriously, they must power dress (think: blazers and straight, tailored slacks). Fashion rules tend to influence our shopping habits whether we realize it or not. Today I'm speaking with personal stylist Dacy Gillespie about *exactly how* to reject societal messaging around what you "should" wear so you can live your best intentional life.   Here's a preview: [4:15] The concept of “flattering” is a part of diet culture. Here's why it shouldn't be a priority in your wardrobe [8:30] Exactly how the trend cycle preys on women's insecurities to sell clothes [13:00] Thoughts on the guilt many of us experience when we reject commonly held fashion rules [15:15] Influencer culture and why we shouldn't buy what our favorite influencers recommend [19:00] The patriarchy and the male gaze: How women have historically been conditioned to prioritize their external appearance over their own comfort [22:00] Practical ways to reject commonly held fashion rules next time you shop for clothes --   Join our (free!) community here Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube  Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at (857) 264-1967 (US and Canada listeners only)   -- Thank you to our sponsors! Skillshare: Visit skillshare.com/sustainable for your first month free. Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for your $60 free gift. Our Sponsors:* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-content
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