So I Like Wearing Skirts
I wear pants occasionally, but most of the time I prefer donning skirts. Some people say skirts are confining when it comes to performing many tasks, but I do not find that to be the case at all. Honestly, for me skirts are free flowing and allow me to move around unconstrained. I suppose if someone was wearing a skin tight pencil skirt it might be hard to get up and done and do chores, but wearing an a-line skirt negates this issue. In the summer time I usually do not feel comfortable wearing shorts in public, so wearing skirts around knee length or a little bit longer is my preference. However, ever since I was young there seems to be a trend among people, especially women, who tell me not to dress in skirts. Once I started a job as a teacher and I wore a sundress, and the ladies told me on the first day I did not have "dress" the next day. I told them this is who I am and what I like to wear, and they immediately made the distinction about how they preferred casual attire over dressy attire. However, dressses such as a simple sundress are not "dressy", especially when even a pant suit would be much more appropriate in a business meeting. Of course women wear dress suits and pant suits in the business world, but the point is when was the last time you saw a CEO frolicking around in a sundress?
Since the time I was a small child I have had people incessantly telling me how I should dress. My grandma had an obsession with why I did not like to wear a t shirts and jeans. "Accept me for who I am!" was the thought that ran through my mind, but unfortunately for her that was not possible. I have never walked into rooms and told other people how to dress, but continually people are doing this to me. Even my mom used to make continual remarks about how she wanted me to wear jeans because that is what all the kids were wearing, but from a young age I was always my own person when it came to attire. Honestly, I was never the type that flowed with the masses. For the most part I was not interested in upstaging the other girls with their fashions, and I just wanted to be me. I would wear pants on rare occasions, but as a kid I preferred skirts and occasionally wearing shorts.
I remember one trip to Kansas to see my mom's side of the family in 1995 and she insisted that I pack shorts in my suitcase because she thought these were cooler. Ironically Kansas was colder than California in the summer, which was pretty funny. In my persistence in wearing skirts I had people tell me I was uncool for wearing dresses in school. The teasing was pretty bad during those years, but I persevered and remained true to me.
My mom was not an overly strict person, but I always smiled with irony of how she was begging me to wear pants when many parents had the opposite problem with their kids. Some of the girls I went to school with complained about having to dress up for special photos, and honestly I always enjoyed such things. Some how I could just not stop being true to myself and wearing skirts, even when it meant I was severely teased by my classmates for doing so. I think this made me stronger because I did not give just because the majority of people thought I should dress a certain way.
Once I went to college I did succumb to some peer pressure during my sophomore year when I became close friends with a girl in the dorms. She convinced me to start wearing jeans, and I started to do so a few times a week. However, most of the time I still wore skirts, which are my favorite go to item even today. In my early and mid twenties I wore jeans, but now I have completely lost the desire to don this apparel. Sometimes I wear cute flared black pants, but with my body type going jeans shopping has always been a chore. Even when I was very skinny it took forever to find a well fitting pair of jeans, but with the skinny leg jean forget about it Personally I would rather go to a place such as Marshall's or Ross and by a cute pair of flared black pants, but I will always end up buying several cute skirts as well. So at the end of the day I just have to be me, even when I get accused of being a girlygirl for not wearing pants more often. What is wrong with being a girly girl anyway? There are many myths about girly girls, such as we are not vigorous or athletic, but that is a different story for another time.
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