Mental Health in Fashion—Fashion for Maximum Wellness

Hi everyone! It’s been too long. I was out with — yeah — Covid, so sadly no “Watch” last week, and I’m still waiting for the photos everyone should be sending me from their early childhood. Yes, Steve Jaxon from KSRO’s “The Drive”, I’m talking to you. We had a verbal contract. Don’t forget to post your look on social media and tag the North Bay Bohemia or Sun of the Pacific Sea., respectively. I have my eyes open for the best look.

This week is our health and wellness issue and I have done a fair amount of mental health research, handled by several county health councils and by us as individuals. The fashion industry is complex, a source of expression and personal freedom, repression and body dysmorphia. Designers like Vivien Westwood and the late great Virgil Abloh were pioneers who pushed the boundaries of fashion, using clothing as a source of liberation, art and exploration. But there is the dark side of fashion: demanding on the body and not inclusive. Our bodies, like our personalities, are different and the ways we choose to adorn ourselves should be as varied as they are visually. The idea that a certain size or shape dictates elegance is ridiculous, but it took a good deal of struggle for American culture to finally achieve body positivity. One of the biggest developments to come out of Covid, and something I have experienced firsthand, has been the liberation of the body in contemporary fashion marketing: walking into Target and seeing a normal body advertising clothes is upsetting, useful and the way of the future.

Fashion aims to amplify who we are and help us feel better about ourselves. To that end, I want to highlight a local designer who has fully mastered the art of comfort in couture. Taylor Jay, Oakland, a road trip for those like us in Sonoma or Marin counties, but well worth it, I promise, it’s a triumph of comfort and fashion. Soft, sustainably sourced and stitched fabrics hug the body and amplify breath and movement without sacrificing a second of style, and as a black woman who advocates body positivity and a minority voice, Taylor Jay is a true icon in the world. of fashion.

Check out Taylor Jay at 2355 Broadway, Suite 1, Oakland, and be sure to prioritize comfort and freedom of expression – this is the best look.

Look good to everyone.


Giovanna Jane Vick is a painter, writer and journalist who has spent time in Europe, New York and New Mexico. He currently lives in Sonoma County. Contact her at

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