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Clothes I Secretly Want to Wear
It seems I’m always dressing the characters in my novels. (I often undress them, as well, but before this can happen they need to be wearing something.)
Hmmm. What’s the protagonist, Jeffrey’s (random name), style going to be—preppy or cowboy or slick or modern? Too-tight or super-baggy or rainbow-colored? As you can see, I have a lot of important choices to make when I put clothes on Jeffrey’s body. Is this because I think that clothes make the man? Not so much… but I do think that clothing speaks. It tells the world “I’m free-wheelin’ and light-hearted!” or “I don’t give a crap what ya think of me!” or “I sure hope I make a good impression!”
The same is true of how I dress myself. Clothing speaks… so usually you can find me in jeans and a white button-down oxford shirt and boots. And I like flannel shirts. Plaid and loose, or loose and plaid—makes no difference to me. This is my usual look; I find it comfortable and not in any way embarrassing—a top priority. I blend in, which is a good look for me. These clothes say, “I’m not into frills or lace. My style is ‘easy-going tomboy’, even if I’m not one. I like natural materials and clothes that are classic. I spend too much time on the LL Bean website.”
This may be my choice in how I present myself to the world, but this doesn’t mean that the girl deep inside who dressed her Barbie Dolls in tiny velvet evening gowns and her children in matching sailor suits doesn’t want to express all of her various sides. In the interest of transparency, today I will show and tell you about the clothing that I secretly long to wear. (Please keep this information under wraps—Mr. Mia is unaware of my secret fashion urges and I’d like to keep it that way.)
So, let’s start big. I mean literally BIG. I passed an image of the pair of shorts below as I was scrolling through my Facebook Feed. (Somebody who does the advertising on Facebook is clearly tuned in to my inner desires.) These “bloomers” caught my attention. I hate them… and yet I want desperately to own them! There are days when shorts like these are exactly the apparel in which I want to hide. Can you relate? On a side note, I could hide a family of squirrels and all the nuts they gathered to survive the winter in these shorts, right beside my bum, and nobody would have a clue.
Moving on to Mia’s secret fashion longing number two… Catholic girls’ school attire. And yes, I know, when I say that, it conjures up an image of a naughty Halloween costume—a tiny plaid skirt in which I would be arrested if I bent over in public, over-the-knee-socks with platform loafers, and a too-tight skimpy white blouse. Well, get your minds out of the gutter, people—that’s not what I’m talking about! I want to look like the real thing—an authentic Sisters of St. Joseph Academy sophomore—to the tune of an itchy wool skirt that falls almost to my knees, a button-down-collar white shirt with a striped tie around my neck, knee-socks, sensible oxford shoes, and a preppy blazer. (And sufficient guilt to keep me in line.) Now, this is what my Catholic schoolgirl dreams are made of… and I frequently search LandsEnd.com for new looks in private school attire.
TRUE CONFESSIONS: I have a thing for ponchos. When I was a girl, my mother knit my sister and I matching leaf green ponchos with two large pompoms dangling from the ties. The stuff of my dreams… despite the fact that my poncho grew those annoying fuzz balls that you usually see on wool sweaters. When I wore the poncho I experienced various GOOD FEELINGS: I got to be “twins” with my big sister (she wasn’t so thrilled with this.) Mom knit the poncho with her two loving hands, so I had a perpetual-hug feeling when wearing it. And I could easily pretend that the poncho was red and I was Little Red Riding
Poncho Hood. So it enhanced my imaginary life.
Ah, to be a kid again.
Next. I LOVE ANYTHING and EVERYTHING MADRAS PATCH.
I don’t care what.
I simply want to own it… to possess it… to make it mine.
Maybe I’d prefer to hang my madras patch clothing on the wall than wear it.
In any case, I want it.
I want to wear overalls. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t look like this woman in them.
More ripped than jeans, but I’m a little bit obsessed by them. Are you?
Look, I could wear my blanket to my son’s basketball games, to the grocery store, to the post office. I wonder if it would be like staying in bed all day?
And if I want, I can wear a madras patch blanket, which is like two kinds of heaven in one awesome outfit.
I’ve always had a thing for ruffles. Lady in red… yeah, you know the song. And this could be me. I’d rock this red ruffled jumpsuit way better than Ms. Mannequin, here.
I have always wanted a tutu. Think I could pull it off?
But THIS is what I want to wear and what I intend to do!!! AND IT IS NO SECRET!!!
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—a daughter in law school, another in dance school, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-four years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Interlude Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won two Kirkus Recommended Book Reviews, a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
This month Mia is giving away copies of her short story SOL
Here is how to Enter
Comment below about some of your secret fashion desires or urges and let us know what you would like Mia to talk about in the upcoming months.
2 random commenters will win a copy of her book!
Contest closes April 16th at Midnight EST!
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