Have you ever loved a different era of clothes so much it actually influences your daily clothing? For me it is the Victorian era, whether British or American. I especially love the long skirts. My Mom tried very hard to put me into the fashions of the time when I was growing up, but I always preferred the long skirts for a couple of reasons: 1) long skirts aren’t as cool, or hot, as short ones; and 2) they hide scars and not-the-best-features of legs very well. No, I was not, and am not ashamed of my scars, but I prefer a person to see as much of me as possible instead of the wheelchair, scars, or anything else.
Now I am 54 years old and have come to the conclusion my long skirts are just fine, and if I want to incorporate anything else of the Victorian time I see no reason why I shouldn’t. So, I am planning on getting a couple of parasols for spring and summer, and am quite happy with the decision. I just wish parasols, real ones, weren’t so expensive. This does encourage me to sew more to make other accessories.
I am not going to go so far as to wear bustles and hoops – these would be extremely uncomfortable in a wheelchair – but, I am going to let my style be what I have always wanted, but never had the guts to do…until now.