Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wear a Mu-Mu


Jes over at Militant Baker is doing an awesome series right now called 25 Things Fat People Shouldn't Do where she goes through a ridiculously hateful list that she came across online and crosses off each and every thing one by one.  It's actually a really fun list and includes things like "doing cannonballs" and "shimmying." As Jes puts it on her blog: "25 Things Fat People Shouldn't Do is an unabashed middle finger to the preposterous idea that any human who weighs more than the status quo does not deserve to live a full and well rounded (ahem) life."


As part of her series, Jes is encouraging other bloggers of any size to link up and join in on her activities.  I really wanted to do the first one- a cannonball! But couldn't make it to any body of water.  So I was really excited when I realized I already had the second one available in my closet.  Number 2 of the 25 is "wear a mu-mu."

I like to refer to my mu-mu as a "tent dress" but I'm pretty sure that falls in the mu-mu catagory or is at least a close cousin.  I love my tent dress which I bought from a craft fair and was told was made from a vintage table cloth!  The cut and design is so simple (note the adorable bow collar) and while I occasionally belt this dress as shown in the pictures, my preferred way to wear it is in it's full shapeless tent glory.  SOOOOOO comfy, especially during a heat wave.  A mu-mu knows how to breathe!

I'm also excited to participate in Jes's link up because I've come to realize that every woman that I know (including myself) has some sort of body image issue.  That we all see our bodies as imperfect no matter how perfect they may appear in other people's eyes.  This fact is mega depressing, and something I've been wanting to write about on my blog, but have never been exactly sure on say on the subject.  Except this: believe what people tell you and try to see yourself as others do.  Living in New York City, I feel like I see a disproportionate amount of "too skinny" people every single day.  It's easy to think that what they have is a good thing.  It's not. Lately, I look at these people and feel grateful that I'm not dangerously skinny, that I weigh more than I did in my early twenties and still look healthy and beautiful. Especially in a Mu-mu.  Am I right ladies?  I encourage you all to join Jes's link up! Let me know if you do in the comments!

11 comments:

  1. looooove this! the pattern on the dress are wonderful and you are too super amazingly cute for words.

    but on a more serious note it's very true that body image is such a huge undiscussed/overdiscussed issue. something that i've had such a challenge discussing on the blog. finding the right words to express how i feel is so difficult when i am as yet unsure how i feel. something i am still figuring out. i've been following along with the 'i am proud of my size' link up over at 'the nearsighted owl' and am learning a lot through others' posts.

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    1. Thanks so much for this comment Chrissy! I'm loving the nearsighted owl's posts as well. I think you're so right, it really is a combination of being over and under discussed at the same time.

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  2. You look great in that dress. I really think it's strange people care so much about what others are doing and are so concerned with everyone else's bodies. It's all so backwards. I even have some friends who will comment on what others are wearing or how they "shouldn't" be when we're out and I always chime up in their defense, that seems to keep them from mentioning their thoughts on such more often. I've been through some rough times with my own body image, mistreating myself, and healing from such, so maybe it influences me differently than some, but when I'm hanging out with friends and everyone is talking about what they dislike about their bodies and everything related to that, well, it makes me bonkers! :) I wish they'd all flip it around to saying something they love about themselves instead. Maybe one day.

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    1. I know, it can get crazy sometimes with talking about what you hate. Thanks for your comment Sara!

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  3. That dress is really cool! I tried to get the boys to go to the park with me yesterday so that I could take pictures on the swings but then they didn't want to come - I might drag them tomorrow afternoon before Doctor Who comes on.

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  4. Totally agree with you on body image. My only fashion rule is "wear whatever the fuck you want!" and I think the restrictions, rules, and concerns people pile onto fat people is rage-inducing. I become more and more intolerant of it everyday and try to make comments expressing a more positive attitude, but it is so ingrained in some people.

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    1. Yes, I think it can seem like it's ingrained in people sometimes. I love your fashion rule:)

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  5. i am so totally down with your dress right now. ALSO, I LOVE the point you made about ALL of us being in the same boat when it comes to body image. TOTALLY unfair... but at least we have eachother.

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    1. Thanks Jes! Yeah, I think just recognizing that we're all in the same boat, and it's not as easy as just fat people vs skinny people can be really powerful.

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  6. You rock a Mu-Mu! I had never, ever heard this term "Mu-Mu" until I read your blog though haha.

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