SPRING IS HERE PEOPLE. Well actually it is still kind of deciding but from here on out it is Spring for me…especially because I packed away all of my Winter clothes. We were recently introduced to an amazing shoe brand, Public Desire and have since become a bit obsessed. These “sassy shoes for the not so basic” are super cheap and the perfect way to keep your feet on trend. This outfit is the perfect spring transition look because you can throw on a dress but still cover up your (pale, in my case) legs.
While I do love Spring time in New York, I sort of had a slight breakdown moment last week when it came to wearing dresses out and about. For some reason, men think that just because you are wearing a dress, it is an invitation for even more cat-calling than usual. Just because my legs were visible, that seemed to mean that I was simply asking for their attention and crewed remarks. All I wanted to do was go home, change and get into a pair of sweatpants. But then I thought, you know what f*** it. I shouldn’t have to change, society should. Because even when I do go home and change into sweatpants that doesn’t stop the street harassment either. Every girl endures this, every single day especially in New York. You tend to get used to it, learn to block it out and simply just brush it off but sometimes it is just so overwhelming and it can really get to you. I have a couple tricks I have picked up since living in New York that I am happy to share but please don’t take this that I am accepting the cat-calling but more that it is not worth any of my attention. First, when wearing a dress above the knee, I tend to wear a long duster jacket so when I am walking by myself it covers me a bit more. I also walk around the city in flats and then change into heels right before I get to my location as to not draw more unsolicited attention to myself. I recently started wearing absurdly large headphones (so people can clearly see them) and walk around with them on my head but don’t turn on music. This way, it looks like I am not paying attention/listening but I am also hyper aware of my surroundings at all times.
Street harassment sucks, it really does. So how can we as women and especially women in the fashion industry, work to bring awareness to make it stop? If anyone knows of any groups or organizations against street harassment we would love for you to comment below.