back to school : girls support girls
In collaboration with @HM, I got to style their new Divided collection.
To me, this new collection is all about female empowerment and making a bold statement about the boss gal(or guy) you is.
I think a prime example of where mentality outside of our youthful bubble is at this point, is to take a moment and discuss the reactions that I got while shooting these looks. Especially the look where I'm wearing the white NEW YORK cropped tee, skirt and fishnet tights. This look was shot on a bridge where there's a busy bike lane - and people were a prime example of all things good and bad.
The reactions from others that I get when walking around in something other than 'the norm' can basically be categorised in 5 different ways:
- Amusement (this one's cool, because it usually just means people are smiling, or laughing a bit, I can handle that)
- Agression (4 boys on scooters were trying to be 'cool', their version of cool being aggressive, and trying spitting towards me. You wouldn't believe the nerve - my friend who helped me out with these pics said he finally felt like he could understand, even just for a fraction of a second, why women are still scared to wear certain clothing, and was in said his world view was permanently changed, crazy huh?) I honeslty just think this reaction, as well as most agressive acts come from a place of fear. These 'man-children' either have mad insecurities themselves, or seriously issues towards others or women. Sort it out people!
- Appreciation, the head nod. Yes, owww boy do I love this one. A casual exchange of glances and a solid approval.
- Confusion the 'but why, why put in effort? - or 'what are you trying to prove?' What I think about it? I think it's mad cool to be able to express yourself through clothing, the more outlets the better, in my opinion.
- Longing - when I walk around in clothes that make me feel confident and express how I feel (which are usually pretty outspoken in comparison to others - I have a yellow jacket and trousers that always cause a riot when walking around, but it makes me hella happy), you'd be surprised at a number of looks of longing I can spot looking in my direction. I think everyone loves to express themselves, however, most have never gotten the chance to do this via clothing - because really, we do still seem to have quite a judgmental mindset.
When my friend who was helping me out saw all this wide varieties of reactions, he was shook. Which, to all my lady friends, you know this is the norm - even if you don't dress out of the ordinary. It seems that women are still left with the burden of fitting, or ticking certain boxes at all times. Sadly, the majority of this judgement comes from men - this isn't a stereotype, it's an anecdotal statement that I'm pretty sure basically all girls can relate to. So, girls, let's support each other. Let's not add to judgement and show that it's normal and should be encouraged to dress how you feel, to dress like a woman, tomboy, girl, male, anime character (mememe) - whatever. To literally put on clothing that makes you feel like you.
That's the message I want to get through, because yeah, I can laugh off people's reactions towards me - but that's because I've always been one to push boundaries - and kind of like challenges. But really, these boundaries shouldn't even exist to be pushed in the first place.
From the 23’d of August until the 3rd of September, all students can get a 20% discount in H&M stores (not online) on the Divided collection when purchasing 2 or more items. Make sure to bring a valid student ID and you good to go!
This post was made possible in collaboration with H&M