There are a few really basic, essential pieces of my character–the qualities that I value above all others, and this outfit manages to highlight a few of them. My politics and political beliefs, my commitment to myself to be myself, and (of course) books.
I spent last weekend in the nearby big city, visiting family and my best friend from high school. She is a pretty passionate activist, and is one of the smartest people I know. She keeps me sharp, and I love every chance I get to have conversations with her. We don’t see each other a whole lot right now (living an hour and a half apart, and both busy with full time jobs), but when we do, everything is gravy.
We talk a lot about politics when we get together, even though we have fairly different viewpoints. While our methods may vary, we do agree strongly on some things–including some stances on Middle Eastern politics, specifically the occupation of Palestine. The scarf I’m wearing, a keffiyeh, is a sign of solidarity and support for their struggle.
The rest of this outfit–the sequined top, the red pants, the lime sweater–it’s all a part of my commitment to be myself. Particularly in the way I dress. I used to be afraid to do anything that involves standing out too drastically. It’s not always easy, and a lot of the time I feel exposed, or strangely on exhibit. But it’s worth it. It’s important to be true to yourself.
Oh and the third important quality, books? Well they’re in my bag, of which you can see the strap underneath my keffiyeh, of course!