Hey all, and welcome back to my Op/Ed column! As a reminder, this is the space where readers can respond with opposing views to posts I've written. When Kelly wrote to me that she was disturbed by the tone of last Friday's post on noticing fit and construction issues in others' clothing, I knew you would all be interested. Kelly graciously allowed me to reprint her thoughts here. So, without further ado, here's what she had to say.
I think it's awesome you are starting to really SEE clothes and fit issues - and that you have the means, time, and privilege to explore a self-education in creating well-made, homesewn clothes. It's also wonderful you are sharing your experiences with your readers! I have you in my feed reader and look forward to your writings.Thanks so much, Kelly, for taking the time to weigh in! Readers, what do you think? I sensed from a lot of comments that you were more distressed with the garment industry letting women down in general, and that's where much of the disgust came from. As I acknowledged myself, it's hard not to take notice of fit issues without feeling like you're snarking or "clothes-policing". Furthermore, as many astute commenters pointed out, a lot of our own fit problems come with a host of body image issues, so it's possible that a lot of the negativity is really focused inward. So how do we talk about this stuff in a constructive way, being cognizant of all the class issues that come with it?
But with your last post, I'm sure your intent was not to start a classist bunch of fashion-and-clothes policing. Where I live lots of people are just trying to pay the bills and feed their kids have clothes on their backs and try not to freeze their asses while they wait an hour between buses (and of course, I'm a white American and surrounded by far more wealth and privilege than many global citizens have). I seriously cannot imagine looking at ANY fellow human beings and picking on their "rubbish" or "trashy" or "cheap" sense of style.
I know there are ways to talk about fashion and the pursuant fun of achieving it that respect all human beings. I am sad to see your comment stream is not a respectful space in that manner.
I love your writings and I hope you take my comment knowing I come from that place.
P.S. Please let me know if you'd like to contribute to the Op/Ed Column! Write to me at gertie [at] blogforbettersewing [dot] com.