Radical Notions

I’m not going to wear clothes that hurt my body, anymore. 

Some of you might be thinking “Why on earth would you wear clothes that hurt in the first place?” It’s a great question. Because, fashion and stuff. That’s why. I don’t want to get into it. I think we all know what’s going on here.

Pencil skirts. Skinny (no stretch) jeans. Shoes. Bras. Underwear. If you’re a person who wears typical “lady clothes,” chances are you know that clothes are generally not made with real bodies that move and breath in mind. Throw a chronic pain condition on top of (let’s be honest) cheaply-made trendy clothes, and getting through the day without feeling pinched, pulled, and smooshed is basically impossible.

I’ve just survived fairly major abdominal surgery, and I’ve this whole new body now. In some ways, it still feels a bit battered and worn, and in some ways it feels fresh and new. My new body definitely requires a new set of clothes. New undies, shoes, pants, leggings, sweaters, tops, shoes. An entire wardrobe that doesn’t hurt me. Yes, maybe I’m wearing sweatpants in public sometimes. But, I’m also gratefully embracing the slouchy, comfy trends with soft fabrics, warm sweaters, and comfortable waist bands. I’m taking my “radical” (in quotes, because it’s ridiculous that I just now, at the age of 34, have come to this) new approach to dressing to heart. And body.