loving the shades of yellow and brown,
the sun and the moon that is my skin
I’ve always felt badass in my mom’s clothes. Beautiful, powerful, soft, empathetic, compassionate, patient, hopeful, strong, and forgiving.
Going into this new year, I made the intention to continue to shop less and discover new use and value in the things that are already available to me. My mom and I have been wearing each other’s clothes for years but this time it feels a little different. I’m more appreciative.
I love digging into her closets and finding new/old pieces. It’s challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone and play around with tops and pants that I would’ve been uncomfortable and so embarassed to wear in public when I was younger (this totally doesn’t excuse me from wearing other things that were actually pretty embarassing though!). When I look through our old family photos and see her wearing the same thing or when she tells me stories about the memories behind her clothes, they become more than just commodities but things with meaning that exists beyond money and trends.
Here are some pieces from my mom’s closet and other pieces from women-of-color owned businesses such as Proclaim. I’m wearing a Proclaim t-back bralette in the shade Frida.
Jeans | Old school black Guess jeans from mom’s closet
Skirt | Striped Alexis Skirt from Conrado
Shoes | Sandals we bought for mom from my family’s summer trip to Vietnam (motherland)
Los Angeles Winter
Shorts | Highwaisted Limited shorts from mom’s closet
Shoes | Handmade sandals from Leatheropolis on Etsy
Shobha, who created Proclaim with intentions of redefining the color nude and making a well-designed bra, shares some of her slow fashion journey here:
What has the journey of creating an ethical and environmentally sustainable company been like for you? What has this meant for you as a creative and woman of color?
Creating an ethical fashion brand has been a wild ride. It’s been so rewarding to create a product I’m proud of because of how it’s made and what it represents for women of color. It was a long long process to research and source materials that were ethically made and to find a production partner who met our high standards. There were definitely moments when it felt like it would never come together. But I’ve learned so much about myself and about this industry along the way which I am grateful for.
Where/who do you (and Proclaim!) get its inspiration from?
I’m inspired by fearless women who aren’t afraid to speak their mind. Our bralettes are actually named after some of the women we admire: Nina (Simone), Zaha (Hadid), and Frida (Kahlo). Instead of naming our colors with the typical naming convention for tones of brown (i.e., mocha, chocolate, toffee etc) I wanted to invoke and honor the power of strong women instead.
What are some of your favorite slow fashion pieces? Do you have any stories or memories attached to these pieces?
My favorite pieces are hand-me-downs from my mom. I always loved her style growing up – especially her accessories. I have a 70’s style leather belt from her that is heavily in my outfit rotation. I love that it is unique and reminds me of her.
Proclaim’s bras are cut, bundled, and sewn in San Francisco by folks who are paid fair hourly wages and work in ethical labor conditions. The bras are also made from recycled BPA-free plastic water bottles! I’ve been wearing mine back-to-back for days (no shame here) since it arrived in the mail. It’s lightweight, full of support, and makes it feel like I’m wearing nothing at all (in all good ways).
Learn more about Proclaim here. Until February 14th, use the code SELFLOVE at checkout for 25% off nude bras. There’s free U.S. shipping!