few weeks ago I went to see my bestie in a play. She was magnificent as always and made the three hour long Albee epic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf completely captivating with her goofy portrayal of Honey.
I like to get dressed up for the theatre because I just feel like it’s good manners. I will never, ever get over what a privilege it is to see live theatre. It’s actual people performing live for you – I will never not think that’s the coolest thing in the world. So I popped on my favourite structural white frock and went off to opening night and didn’t even think about what anxiety that would cause me sitting for three hours on a white dress on the first day of my period.
I’ve had my period for AGES, so leaks are very rare these days but they do happen every now and then. I switched to a menstrual cup a few years ago (best decision EVER) but one of the draw backs is that there’s no absorption whatsoever so if you’re having a heavy day and you didn’t get a chance to empty your cup… well you know where I’m going with this.
The end of this story is not dramatic at all. I didn’t leak but I did spend a large portion of the evening leaning from one butt cheek to the other making sure there wasn’t a Red Wedding situation happening on my chair. It was all good but I was super anxious all night and really annoyed at myself for wearing white. What a doofus. Here’s what to wear when you’ve got your period… just in case you’re about to hit your 15 year Period-versary and you forgot that white + period = bad.
Dress from Marimekko – This is just about the most exxy dress I’ve ever bought. It cost me about $300 (gasp! And that was on sale!) but it’s paid for itself ten fold. I wear it all the time. I would actually be quite happy wearing this exact cut of dress for the rest of my life, I love it so much.
Tights from Big W – I wear these when it’s that time of the month because they’re so stretchy and comfy. I find hardcore black nylon tights a bit restrictive when it’s period time.
Boots from Ecco – best purchase ever. These babies are made from gortex so I can practically swim in them and they keep my feet dry.
Bag made by me – It’s this months Crochet Coach project. If you’re keen to learn to how to crochet (and make this sweet as bag!) you can have a 7 day free trial! So you can go in, check it out and see if it’s your thing.
Don’t wear jeans
This may not apply to everyone but pants or jeans are not my friend when I’ve got my period. I just find any additional pressure in that area is just not something I need. Free flowing or stretchy is what I need.
Don’t wear white
I can’t believe I’m actually writing this but I just constantly forget and end up wearing white. I do own a lot of white stuff so this does accidentally happen sometimes but yeah. If you suffer anxiety or crazy heavy periods or both, just don’t with the white.
Don’t wear stuff that only fits you on a good day
Another thing I like to do is wear things that are on the small side so when I try to zip them over my bloaty period belly I feel like a whale. Don’t do this. If you know something doesn’t fit well, don’t try to make it happen when you’ve got your period. It will only end in tears. This dress is magic – it looks pretty shmick but it’s crazy comfortable.
What’s your standard period outfit? Or are you one of those lucky ladies where your period doesn’t really affect your life at all?
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