There’s something about the experience of shopping for clothes that can bring out the worst—and the best—in a person. When clothes don’t fit, it’s hard not to take it personally on some level. Dressing the body in radical self-love means that clothes should fit the body instead of the body fitting the clothes. It doesn’t matter what the tag says or what gender the garment is marketed for. If it makes you feel good, then WEAR IT!
Finding one perfect article of clothing can suddenly snap everything into place: the planets align, the world is perfect, and you are unstoppable. Do you have one piece of clothing that makes you feel invincible?[Image description: The cartoon consists of eleven images.
Image 1: The text reads, “Today I went shopping for jeans.” A pair of blue jeans appears in the center above the word “jeans.”
Image 2: The text reads, “Now, I haven’t bought jeans for several years.” The image shows a white woman with red hair and a blue dress. In a word bubble, the text reads, “Dresses 4 Lyfe.” The woman is smiling with her arms in the air, and there are small red hearts next to her.
Image 3: The text reads, “There are a few good reasons why.” The image shows the same woman saying the words, “Oh no.”
Image 4: The text reads, “My womanly hips.” The image shows a white woman’s lower back, buttocks, and upper thighs. She is wearing a pair of red panties with black polka dots.
Image 5: The text reads, “My sizeable boo-tay.” The image shows a white woman’s lower back, buttocks, and upper thighs. She is wearing a pair of blue panties with red hearts on them.
Image 6: The text reads, “And my body image issues.” The image shows a white woman with red hair. She is holding some of her hair in her right hand, and she has her left hand near her mouth. She has a very worried expression on her face, and the text next to her reads, “eeep.”
Image 7: The text reads, “Also, salespeople (unaware of my plight) would make questionable recommendations.” The image shows three pairs of pants. The pair on the left is red and the text beneath it reads, “Skinny jeans.” Next to the red pants is the word “Worst” with an arrow pointing toward the pants. The pair in the middle is dark blue and the text beneath it reads, “Flares.” Next to the dark blue pants is the word “dated” with an arrow pointing toward the pants. The pair on the right is light blue and the text beneath is reads, “Wide leg.” Next to the light blue pants is a sad face with an arrow pointing toward the pants.
Image 8: The text reads, “Then today, I was reminded about straight leg! Medium rise. Snug fit. Straight through hip and thigh.” The graphic shows a black woman with short red hair holding a pair of straight-leg jeans. She is wearing a dark blue shirt, light blue pants, and red shoes.
Image 9: The text reads, “Something magical happened.” The graphic shows a white woman’s face. She has shoulder-length red hair and her eyes have jeans in them, surrounded by stars.
Image 10: The text reads, “Because I tried them on, and guess what?” The image shows a white woman with shoulder-length red hair wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue jeans. The word bubble says, “Whoa.”
Image 11: The text reads, “My butt looks awesome!” The image shows a person’s upper back, buttocks, and upper thighs, with a pair of blue jeans on.] [Headline image: The photograph shows a young woman of color. She has long black hair and dark eyes, and she is in a dressing room. Her hair is in a long french braid. She is holding a wooden hanger up to her chest. She s wearing a strapless cream top and dark skirt. She is staring in a mirror on a light brown wooden door.]