Every girl has her own tricks to deal with her pre-menstrual syndrome. Some girls change their diet while others consider supplements and other forms of medication. Going out while you’re having PMS can be a struggle. It’s a real struggle that you don’t even think about fashion clothes or looking good anymore. You’re too focused on relieving your menstrual cramps or headaches. In my case, even if I have PMS, I try to dress up.
Fashion and style are two different things. Take a break from fashion. Sometimes it’s also about style. Your style is about you and your connection to the universe, and not about the clothes that you can buy in some fashion websites. My sense of style always depends on my hormones and functionality. Basically, I am a slave of my own hormones.
I had to do some errands while I suffered from PMS. It was one of those days where you just wanted to lie down and deal with my hormonal fluctuations at home alone, without anybody asking me any health-related questions. Instead of feeling terrible, I wanted to feel better. I had unhealthy food cravings for the past few days, from wanting to shove loads of sweets in my mouth to being enslaved by junk food. I needed a diversion so I turned to fashion and dressing up and experimenting with my style. I don’t follow the latest fashion trends unless they’re comfortable and they represent my personality.
Skirts and Button Downs
Forgive me if I always feel a bit awkward and uncomfortable with the camera. Because it was hot and humid outside even if it’s almost Christmas, I decided to wear my floral skirt cropped button-down shirt. I bought my floral skirt from a thrift store and my button-down top is from an online seller on Instagram. Thanks to Instagram, I could buy cheap and rare finds. You could even buy some vintage clothes, that is if you’re into 1950s fashion or anything vintage.
Dr. Martens and Rose Pink Socks
When I am PMSing, I usually complain about leg cramps and cold feet. I normally have cold feet but they feel colder a week before my period that’s why I wear socks. If you’re living in a tropical country, wearing socks at home is something unusual. When I’m PMSing, I wouldn’t wear skirts (especially bandage skirts) because wearing them would force me to wear my flip-flops. Wearing flip flops will just worsen my cramps and cold feet. Normally, I put on my jeans and wear my shoes and enjoy the warmth.
My pair of Dr. Martens ankle boots always makes me feel euphoric. I hate to admit it but seriously I love fashionable socks. I have the usual frilly socks, knee-high socks, plaid socks, the polka dotted ones, the mid-calf socks, the low-cut types and socks with my favorite characters such as Darth Vader. Trust me, you can never go wrong with your Darth Vader socks. I could talk about socks all day. Sadly, some fashion websites online don’t pay attention to other customers who aren’t only interested to buy fashion clothes but to purchase some cute socks as well.
Let’s face it. Dressing up won’t block your menstrual pains or bloatedness. But it’s one way to shake them off and embrace womanhood without any anger or disgust. Cheers to uterine contractions and bleeding vaginas!
Grasses make me feel sleepy. No, Sheldon Cooper, grasses make me feel sleepy, not your fabric conditioner or your soft kitty song.
Bleaching and Acid Washed Skirt
This is a soft denim acid washed skirt that I bought from a thrift store. Acid washed skirts became popular in the late 1980s. Acid washing is similar to bleaching – breaking the fiber of the material creating white streaks.
The term “acid-washed” is actually a misnomer since no acid is used during the process. Due to the revival of 1980s and 1990s fashion style, today’s women street fashion include tattered jeans and acid-washed pairs of denim. You can check cool DIY bleached and tattered jeans on Pinterest.
Dr. Martens and Pop Culture
Not of a die-hard fan of skinheads or punk culture but it feels so good to wear them now without being labeled. Today it’s becoming mainstream. Wearing a pair of docs became too mainstream when Miley Cyrus wore hers in her controversial “Wrecking Ball” video. People hated her for murdering music and Dr. Martens.
Cannibal Ferox and Violent Films
Considered as one of the most violent films in the 1980s, Cannibal Ferox was banned in 31 countries for explicitly showing animal torture and slaughter with disturbing violent images. The film is another video showing cannibalism and filmmakers’ attempts to introduce torture films to the general audience. I hate violence, I love the shirt though. Bought this awesome shirt from SplatterClothing Choppingmall. Hopefully, they’ll have BTK shirts soon.
I sometimes find comfort being too sad. I love pain because pain ignites ideas. Pain defies the deaths of stories. Pain and madness make me write. It’s like being in a trance and the next minute I am already writing, grinning at the thought that I have outlived pain. I want to be possessed like the way one of Nick Joaquin’s tatarinmoves. But mine would be different. I want to possess and be possessed forever by poetry.
I’m tired of depicting women as pitiful creatures. I’m tired of having a patient woman, an understanding woman, a silent woman. I want a screaming woman, the howling woman, the mad woman.
My Under-the-Weather Fashion
Actually I’m just sick. And I tend to be too clingy when I have runny nose and terrible headache. I’m a mean person when I’m sick. Mean and needy.
I had to go to the mall last night for some errands. Though it’s summer season in some parts of the world, for the past few days it was cool in the Philippines. I wore my thrifted white long sleeved dress (the collar is just too cute not to be noticed), with my mid high socks (my knee high socks are in the laundry) and Vans Old Skool sneakers. The whole outfit is comfortable for gloomy girls like me.
How To Dress Cute When You’re Sick
What you need:
Messy (But Sexy) Hair
Because taking a shower or washing your hair is one of the most difficult things to do in the world when you’re sick. Also, messy is the new sexy.
Your Best (But Comfortable) Sneakers
Yep. Because the last thing you want to wear is your pair of high heeled shoes. Be prepared when you have that strong feeling that any minute you’ll feel dizzy or worst when you’re ready to vomit.
Mid-High Socks (Or Knee High Socks)
There are types of bacteria that live and grow in cold temperatures. When you’re feeling under the weather, always keep yourself warm.
Plaid shirts and dresses remind me of the 90s. It’s nostalgic and surprisingly uncanny.
Like Kate Moss, we’re stuck in the 90s. Some 90s kids feel superior, it’s not surprising at all. Perhaps it’s because we’re made to believe that we had better music, movies and experiences as compared to other kids born in the different era.
I’m wearing my American Eagle Outfitters flannel plaid dress under my black Zara dress. Styling your plaid shirts is too easy. You can wear any under dress or shirt as long as it’s plain, not checkered or plaid. Being over plaid just can’t be justified.
Cherilyn “Cher” Horowitz played by my favorite 90s celebrity Alicia Silverstone (one of the 90s fashion icon), wore a yellow plaid skirt in one of the episodes of the TV show “Clueless”.
I feel nostalgic. Frilly socks or bobby socks can bring such a very terrible nostalgia. Lace socks remind me of school girls back in the 90s who classically wore their frilly socks and loafers or a pair of Mary Janes. Today lacy socks and knee high socks are common even for girls who aren’t school girls anymore.
White socks appear vintage and most girls traditionally wear them with their Mary Janes or boots. Let me do the honor to break that tradition. I’m wearing my frilly socks with my pair of Air Jordan shoes and I feel amazing, like what Alex feels each time he drinks that milk plus with something else.
I’m wearing my Doc Martens 1461 Cherry Red Smooth paired with my ribbon ruffle socks. In 1950s, most girls wore their lacy socks with their loafers or Oxfords for the socks to be visible because your socks are basically a part of your whole outfit.
White socks are conventional, they’re fascinating though. The best thing about white socks is that you can pair them with any type of shoes. It’s interesting how white socks remind me of the Korova Milk Bar where Alex and his droogs drink milk mixed with something else. Ahh, the horrorshow groodies.
I’m wearing my Dr. Martens Mary Jane shoes. Mary Janes were extremely popular in the 90s, along with chunky heels and creepers. I remember wearing my first platform sneakers when I was ten or eleven years old. You wear the sneakers or you don’t wear anything.
I’m showing off my Mary Janes from Doc Martens and my frilly socks that I got from Topshop. Topshop has a variety of socks for boots, ankle socks and frilly socks that are available in different pastel colors – purple, black, green, pink etc. They are made of cotton. I prefer cotton socks, they’re really comfortable and won’t hurt your feet at all. It’s as though you’re walking on the clouds or something. Clouds make me feel sleepy too, like the way grasses do.
I love socks with very cute designs and laces. There is a strong feeling of euphoria and nostalgia each time I see cute socks. Back in the 90s, I remember teenagers wearing knee high colorful socks with dyed hair. Socks are undeniably another fashion tool to show your fashion style.
We’re bringing back the fashion in the old days – skater skirts, retro vintage, mom jeans and everything high-waisted. In fact, it’s more economical to search for your mom’s old clothes. You might get lucky and find something like your mom’s high waisted shorts, flared trousers or vintage dresses.
High-waisted skinny jeans are usually paired with crop tops. The main purpose is to specifically display and show off its perfect fit on your waist – after all, high waisted jeans are designed to be higher than your navel. Finding the right tops for my jeans is a difficult task for me. ZALORA has a wide selection of women’s fashion. I love their tops.
How To Wear Your Topshop Joni Jeans
I’m wearing my Topshop Joni Jeans paired with my laced top and Forever21 black platform sandals. The color of my top blends well with my pink super high waisted jeans. This pair is stretchy and comfortable and stretchy jeans are the best jeans for curvy women.
Ribbed crop tops would look chunky too. If you want to wear something basic yet still look cute at the same time, you’ll surely adore Topshop’s skinny rib crop tops in blue, beige, pink and all the lovely pastel colors in the world.
How To Wear Your Levi’s High Rise
I paired my Levi’s High Rise with a long sleeved tie front crop top and my Dr. Martens Mary Jane shoes. Though high rise and high-waisted jeans are different, their differences often go unnoticed.
How To Wear Levi’s Mom Jeans
Levi’s highwaisted mom jeans paired with a floral crop top and Dr. Martens shoes
Some girls might find mom jeans tacky. I think it’s an interesting fashion revival though. I adore the idea of wearing something that would remind me of the 90s, back when my aunt still wore mom jeans and it was in the late 90s when I first saw Axl Rose on TV basically because I was born in the late 80s.
Mom jeans aren’t for your mom anymore. You can actually wear it with your Dr. Martens or platforms. Pair it with a plaid crop top or knitted sweater. I must remind you, don’t forget your vintage tees. Another thing: don’t be a fashion terrorist.
The revival of high-waisted jeans is a response to the revival of low waist skinny jeans. And the evolution of fashion also becomes an evolution for most trusted denim companies that target young men and women who are into jeans and fashion. At the end of the day, we are all the same – hungry consumers.