Why Not a Woman?

Friday, October 26, 2018

          Would you believe me if I told you that this outfit post was inspired by a Lean Cuisine commercial?  Strange and random as it may seem, it's 100% true.  I clicked on a cooking video on YouTube and this commercial began to play.  Usually, I automatically tap the "Skip" button after five seconds if the option is available, but I watched this one all the way through.  In the commercial, Lean Cuisine promoted their new line of pre-made meals that are made from 70% organic ingredients, and they made Patrice Banks the star of it.  Patrice Banks is an entrepreneur, a trailblazer, an author, and all around girl boss.  She founded Girls Auto Clinic, a Pennsylvania-based repair center staffed by and focusing on women.  After watching the fifteen-second video, I wanted to learn more about her story, so I Googled her like any curious cat would do.  Let me tell you, she is truly an inspiration.  In a nutshell, she is opening up the male-dominated automotive industry to women and encouraging them to challenge the status quo.  If you are interested, you can read more about her life and her mission here.

         Before I get into the nitty-gritty outfit details, I would like to dedicate this post to the people who defy gender stereotypes every day and to the trailblazers in-the-making.  Know that you inspire me and those around you.  Thank you. 

        Now, let the fashion portion begin!  Jumpsuits made a huge splash on the spring 2018 runways and they have now made their way into stores everywhere.  What started out as a functional garment to protect workers' street clothes and bodies from oil, dirt, and other work hazards is now a fashion statement.        

          I paired this grayish olive jumpsuit with rhinestone hand earrings, a gold-tone cuff, a box clutch, and badass lace-up snakeskin printed heels.  Personally, I love mixing feminine accessories with tomboy-inspired pieces because I love the challenge of melding contrasting items together.  

        Like the Girls Auto Clinic's logo (stiletto with a crescent wrench as the heel), I hope this outfit sums up the essence of feminity and strength.  If you are inspired by someone whose career challenges society's gender stereotypes, let me know in the comments below.  I would love to read about them, and who knows, I may even be inspired to create an outfit post after reading their story.  As always, I am sending you lots of love from my heart to yours!

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Jumpsuit: YFB Clothing (Similar Here)
Heels: Topshop (Similar Here)
Purse: T.J. Maxx (Similar Here)
Earrings: Cara (Similar Here)
Bracelet: Macy's (Similar Here)




"Reflect back on your purpose and why you are here.  Do not be afraid.  You have a mission you must complete.  Have a vision for yourself, and if you run into someone who is making you feel 'less than,' say to them, 'I am on a mission.  If you can't help me, get out of my way.'" -Patrice Banks 

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