february is not my favourite month, by far. the winter is just getting started, and the weeks of bitter cold feel endless and dreary. i try to stave off the winter blues with lots of upbeat music, delicious food, and winter activities… but it’s still not something i look forward to conquering. and yes, every february i feel like i have conquered the month.
to make these 28 days a little less of a bummer and more something to look forward to, i have three suggestions for you. one, check out this lovely tumblr my friend iris started. it’s a winter blues survival tumblr, posting great quotes and photos and links. so that’s for everyone. now we get a little more exclusive: it’s shaping up to be a great month for fat femmes. tomorrow, on february 1st, femme and friends fa(t)shion february officially begins. the project was initiated by jessie dress, and she wants anyone who identifies as fat or femme to contribute to an outfit of the day type post.
jessie dress’s call out for submissions reads as follows:
In february, I will be blogging my outfit every single day on Tumblr. Sometimes twice a day, if I wear two outfits.
I want other people to do this too. I’m calling it: “Femme & Friends Fa(t)shion February”… (Don’t fret, I am acquiring a better camera solution than my current mirror/iphone mix. HOWEVER, Please participate EVEN IF you have the same camera solution I have now, or a webcam, or whatever. I want to see your hot ass!) I want to see people wearing work clothes, or house clothes, or going out to dance clothes. I want to know where you got what you’re wearing, and what you did to make it fit your body and your life.
Let’s make this shit huge. Let’s make fashion what we want to see! Its going to be super rad and hot. I can feel it.
i can already think of tons of great people who would like to participate in this project, as participants and consumers of this fun project. i’m going to try! i’ve only done daily outfits once before, beginning in 2009 when i first moved to quebec city. i just paid for a flickr pro account for the very first time, just so you guys can see those photos! (for the record, i have not cut my hair since then, and the reason i was really diligent about taking a photo and posting it every day was because i had no friends and was ridiculously lonely.)
a while ago i wrote advice for daily outfit posts (from the person who did it for 100 days):
- select a constant location. find a spot that is effortless to take photos in every single day. not somewhere where you have to move furniture, tidy up, shit like that. somewhere where you know you can set up your tripod and two seconds later you are taking a picture of you in your outfit! this could be in your house, at your office, outside if you like. and i say ideally use a tripod, but i am notorious for putting my camera on perilous ledges, desks, even stacks of books.
- make it part of your routine. instead of using a mirror to see how your outfit looks, use your camera! budget for like 10 extra minutes before you head out the door or when you get home so you take a picture at the same time every day.
- get to know your camera. it sounds simple enough: take a full-length body shot of your outfit, from head to toe. it is a LOT harder than it sounds. maybe that’s because i’m almost 6 feet tall? anyway, knowing your camera is key. i tend to put it on the auto setting when taking photos indoors, but i also don’t have tons of natural light in my apartment. set your self-timer to a setting you like. i do 10 seconds, three photos in a row, and then i pick the best of the three. i thought it would help to do like 10 photos in a row but i find that harder to get a good shot, strangely.
if you decide to participate, comment with your tumblr username and where you’ll be sharing your photos! i think i will be posting mine on flickr.
on top of that, i remembered a great call for submissions i came across a few months back is wrapping up in february. afrotitty wrote as follows:
I am in the process of creating a femme paperdoll zine. I want to immortalize you and your style in all of your femme-gendered fabulousity.
This project will be Femme of Color-centered (What does this mean? It means that FOCs will not be othered! The majority of dolls with be of Color), slutty (want your paperdoll to be naked with just a couple of leather strips and sequined bits as clothes, GREAT!), and all about the amazing style that runs free in our Femmetopia!!!
I want fat bodies, not-fat bodies, grrl bodies, boy bodies, trans bodies, crip bodies. High-end fashion, DIY fashion, stripper shoes, vintage flair, b-grrl realness. Everything in between.
sounds amazing, right? i can’t wait to see it. but if you want to contribute, here’s how:
Send me clear full body pictures and pictures of your fave outfits, pieces of clothes, and accessories. They can be photos or drawn. But photos are fine! Send me written pieces about your favorite style tips, how you shop, thrifting for fat femmes, your favorite stores, makeup tips for Femmes of Color, body liberation through fashion, and other great things.
the deadline for submissions is feb 14th, so get on it!
now i’ll leave you with some browsing materials to get your inspired.
some of my favourites (fashion-centric) in the fat-o-sphere:
fatshionista on flickr
fuck yeah chubby fashion on tumblr
my favourite fat femme bloggers
jessiedress’s original announcement
afrotitty’s call for submissions