Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #7

Working With Less Can Make A Statement

photogrid_1481204120499I am blind, I use a white cane, and I wear heels. Just because I don’t fit into some people’s boxes of conformity does not make me any less blind and that’s okay. While I liked seeing well, swapping physical sight for deeper insight was worth the trade.

In a recent interview concerning people with disabilities, I was asked why I chose to go with “blind” as a personal descriptor as opposed to a term like sight impaired. As a legally blind individual I intentionally refer to myself as “blind” because I wanted to change the stigma associated with the word. Little did I know I would meet so many other people who feel the same as I do and we are all working towards creating a more inclusive world. Okay, that’s it for today’s speech.

Downsizing doesn’t have to be hard, it simply requires a little planning. For example whittling down my shoe collection is sometimes just a matter of exchange.

In the image are two pairs of black stilettos which I gave away in exchange for one new pair of chunkier heels. While I liked the other pairs, my feet weren’t happy. So the solution was to go with a thicker heel that provides more support and comfort without sacrificing style.

Paring down is an evolving process that not only clears space (I need my feng shui), but as an individual who cannot see very well, I have an easier time choosing what to wear with less to choose from. The additional bonus, was being able to use a DSW reward for $10 off and free shipping.

Wouldn’t it be grand if we could just as easily swap our misconceptions for enlightenment? Just because things don’t “appear” as we think they should doesn’t mean anything. We should approach those things we don’t comprehend with an open mind before forming an opinion. When we seek to understand that’s when we can make informed decisions and become more accepting.

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

6 thoughts on “Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #7”

  1. First of all, yay for high heels. I feel more feminine in them than I do in ballet flats. I feel like I’m ready to kick butt. Second, I’m so bored of people who can’t mind their own business. There are people who feel that speaking in a stream of consciousness is a valid form of communication. No, it’s not. I’ve had people explain to me that I cannot be nearsighted (degenerative myopia in my right eye) because my frames look “fashionable.” It’s not my fault Tom Ford makes frames for prescription lenses.

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    1. Regarding 👠 I know, right? I don’t understand some people’s line of thinking. On one hand many of these same folks would believe sources like FB, Twitter or heaven forbid the internet without hesitation. Yet when faced with a very real situation like a hidden disability, then all the sudden there has to be another reason because their minds can’t grasp what’s before them. I can certainly feel for you SB I have high myopia all my life but didn’t fully understand what it meant until I developed macular holes. So what do theses folks think, that because you have an eye issue this equates to the need for unfashionable eyeglasses? tsk tsk

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