That’s the question that two artists — Tiffani Ludwig and Renee Piechocki — have asked 600 women. The results have been turned into exhibitions, installations, video, and now a book called Trappings: Stories of Women, Power, and Clothing.
For me? My string of pearls.
Gift from my husband on our first anniversary.
Shiny big. Shiny bright. I don’t wear them
with evening gowns but
with black long-sleeves tees from Old navy.
It’s sassy sophisticated.
Dresses me mature while staying young.
Makes me pivot my head and purse
my lips, feeling pretty, feeling part
executive part dress-up.
When I remember I’m wearing them,
I feel more at peace with my hips, my curves.
These are bold circles, unabashedly round.
My power pearls.
What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?