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The Powerful Plaid

July 25, 2021
By Rsnail-925 PLATINUM, Boulder, Colorado
Rsnail-925 PLATINUM, Boulder, Colorado
29 articles 11 photos 106 comments

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A story has as many versions as it has readers - Winter Of Our Discontent

I know its stupid to say 

That a piece of clothing 

Could make me feel 

So happy 

But this is the case

For my powerful plaid 


It makes me myself 

Not somebody else 

In a crop top 

Or mini skirt 

But me 


The one thing I can control

Is the way I dress

And when I wear this plaid 

It makes me feel invincible 


Like I could win the lottery 

Or drive a motorcycle 

Or have decent cousins 

Or sing well


And I know 

“It's just a piece of clothing” 

They say 

“Stop wearing the plaid”

They say



I could care less what they think 

Because in my mind 

This is the closest thing I can get to being me

And if you criticize the way I dress 

It's not your problem 

I don't care what you think

Just leave me alone 


This powerful plaid 

For me 

Is worth more than gold 

Worth more than family 

Worth more than a mansion 

I know that's extreme 

But for me 

It's the truest thing I’ve ever said 

It's not A fashion statement 

It's MY fashion statement 

I can be my perfect self 

With it on

And that's good enough for me 

The author's comments:

Out of the 8+ articles of plaid clothing I own, there's one that stands out compared to the others. It's my absolute favorite plaid and It makes me feel truly authentic with myself. So I thought I should write about how much it has helped me with self-confidence and acceptance.

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on Feb. 6 at 3:19 pm
LiteraryMe PLATINUM, Dayton, Ohio
41 articles 17 photos 434 comments

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I LOVE this!! My siblings and I have talked about this concept before, but I love how you put it in writing!