This is what happens when you’re in a bad mood and you make comics.
Huffington Post uploaded a piece last week about articles of clothing women “shouldn’t wear.” It’s called “23 Trends Guys Hate” if you want to look it up. It’s definitely one of those stupid troll posts that exist purely for traffic purposes, but the writers got what they wanted as their words struck a nerve. But to my defence, that post is sexist and insulting as hell.
It affected me because I’ve been a target for fashion critics my whole life. I guess it’s mainly because I simply don’t dress like most of my peers. I don’t think I’ve gone to a school or worked at a job where I haven’t received comments about what I choose to wear. One thing I hear a lot is “You never wear jeans.” I have two pairs that look and fit well, but I’d rather wear tights and skirts! And you can bet your booty I get flak for that ALL THE TIME. How come jeans have to be the be-all, end-all fashion staple? Jeans are fine, but there’s more you can do with an outfit.
I’ve also been told I come off as someone who is trying too hard. But I’m really not. The jewelry, the heels, the skirts and dresses? That stuff is just me! Getting dressed in the morning is one of the best parts of my day. I like building outfits because I get to have full creative control, much like why I have my own webcomic. And I’m not going to change that just because people are balking over the fact that I haven’t joined the Plaid Shirts and Hunter Boots Club.
That being said, I do have friends who get me. The “stylish friends” panel in the middle of the comic is my friend Crystal! She is one of the most creative people I know. I may set up a tent in her closet one day when she’s not home and see how long I can squat there. Is that creepy? Sorry.