Do you dress in historical fashion every day? I keep trying to imagine you in like. Jeans and a t shirt and it's very disconcerting. Also do you ever pretend you're a time traveller just to mess with people
To varying degrees, yes. I don’t have any jeans or t shirts! Nor do I have any modern suits, despite working in a store that sells them. (I do alterations in the backroom, so I don’t have to follow the dress code like the salesmen do.)
I sometimes wear breeches but usually if I’m going to work I just wear fall front trousers. I have to use industrial sewing machines with a knee lever and it’s just more practical to not have buttons there. All my shirts are 18th century in cut and construction, mostly in white linen but a few are in more modern fabrics. I usually wear my 18th century waistcoats too, unless it’s extra miserable hot summer weather.
Here are a few typical everyday outfits:
Although often I’m lazy and don’t wear any neckwear.
(I have NO good photos of this coat, it’s a big black corduroy blob on my awful camera.)
I usually just put my hair in a (pitifully thin) braid, though I do wish I had the motivation to do 18th century hairstyling more often. I also usually wear modern sneakers when I go to work or to run errands, which looks very weird and ugly, but I just can’t walk long distances comfortably in my fancy shoes.
As for pretending to be a time traveller, no… but I do sometimes think about how fun it would be to be mistaken for a ghost! Wandering around old Quebec or some other historical place at night in a light grey mid 18th century suit would be very good and startling, I think.
Like this but with a coat, and all in very washed out colours. Less rouge and more powder. Doing some double exposure ghost photography would also be really fun!
I wanted to ask, because I know you did a lot of research for your HP fics (especially Of a Linear Circle for my purposes), what would be a good starting point for research into actual, historical names for the piece of fabric Ahsoka has in the front of her skirt or Revan has hanging from his weird belt? One article I read on shanti called something similar apron, technically the long version could be called a bixi, but idk if that works for Ahsoka's short one (plus side: finding other clothes)
Honestly, it’s up to you. (Also you killed an hour of my day because research nerd.)
It took me a while to realize that “dress to your comfort level” or “dress in what makes you feel comfortable” doesn’t just apply to power to tshirt and jeans/leggings and hoodie. That it can actually mean dressing in short shorts and heels and a belly shirt or revealing top if it makes you comfortable.
I feel so much more comfortable and confident when I’ve put together an outfit that I think is hot or pretty. More comfortable than I feel in a tshirt and jeans. I don’t even wear standard tshirts anymore, and even at work I tuck in my uniform shirt because I have to look put together. Because that’s how I’m comfortable, even when it’s more restrictive or I have to be aware of what my skirt is doing.
(Sidebar: Bandelettes were a huge help in this because it allowed for physical comfort in what was mentally comfortable for me.)
Just the realization that it’s not a scale and not about physical comfort was a big change for me. Because often when that omes up it’s in the context of “it’s okay to wear casual stuff, it’s okay to not put effort into your appearance.”
On top of that, I feel more comfortable physically when I’m wearing a bra and my armpits are shaved. Mentally but also physically. I’m not giving in to opressive beauty standards because for me, that’s more comfortable. For some people maybe it isn’t.
But for me, the image of someone “dressing comfortably” is very uncomfortable. I dressed that way for a long time because I didn’t want to be one of those girls who sacrificed comfort for appearance. But that’s not what it is, the way I dress now and the effort I put in is comfortable.