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Do clothes make a difference?
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Do clothes make a difference?
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The other day I bought my first pair of high heals since my foot problems began, the surgery ended, and the feet healed up. These monsters are about 3-4 inches in the heal and have enough of an arch to not upset my accustomed to being flat feet. After wandering around in them for most of yesterday and this morning I’ve come to the realization that while after a while my feet would get sour my phantom form remained quite comfortable. No usual pangs in the feet and overall I felt better lined up (not to mention the ‘being taller’ sure helped).
I know a lot of dragon otherkin who claim that walking on their tiptoes feels better on their feet. To an extent, I’ve come to agree with him mine work as well.

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Thus I’ve noticed that a lot of the times, the things we drape ourselves in can have an effect on the phantom sensations one can experience. Looking back now, I can think of several other times that something I have worn has effected how my phantom form feels along with my physical body.
During the summer I’ll try to get away with as many open backed shirts and dresses as I can, as well as wearing a bathing suit even when not planning on swimming (I should really consider just moving to a nudist colony and getting it over with, though).
I also hate headbands and most hats depending on how my horns feel that day (this sucked when I worked at Starbucks).

So I was basically wondering if anyone else had an experience along these lines.

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2008-05-18 19:58
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Re: Do clothes make a difference?
All human here, but I have two energy gatherings on my head (just above my ears, although they can move a little) that are affected if I wear Alice-bands. Hats don't really affect them, which is strange.

chaitea Wrote:walking on their tiptoes feels better on their feet.

That's me, too. I cannot run/walk quickly properly unless I'm on the balls of my feet, and I prefer to walk that way too around the house.

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2008-05-18 20:35
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Re: Do clothes make a difference?
Shoes bug me. My big ole three toes just hate being in em and I feel cramped. Summer rocks because I can go barefoot or with flip-flops. Walking on my tip toes feels way more natural. Being in the buff is certainly the best. The other thing that bugs is in the winter when I have to wear a hat. My ears feel squished. Sometimes I honestly wish I didn't have phantom feelings but then other times it's so freaking cool. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->
2008-05-19 0:46
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Re: Do clothes make a difference?
For me, I'd say no. I prefer bare feet but my soul wears worn riding boots (well most of the time). Nor do i have trouble with inanimate objects that intercept my phantom limbs. Just luck I guess (mostly training though).

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2008-05-19 14:33
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Re: Do clothes make a difference?
I personally hate wearing shoes, and lose body heat through my feet more than my head (like "normal" humans). I also hate hats, but I think that's just cause I look odd in them. In the way of clothing, I'd rather have my shoulders bare, otherwise my big old wings tend to get cramped in shirts/jackets that fit tightly to my back.

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2008-05-19 20:07
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Re: Do clothes make a difference?
Um . . . I have a penchant for green dresses.

Don't know how that makes my astral form feel, as I've never paid attention; but anyone who remembers me knows why I have something of an obsession these days with finding green dresses. (Let me tell you, it's SO hard finding the right ones!)

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2008-05-20 3:27
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You know this does make some sense. I technicly hate clothes and feel restricted. I am most comfortable in skirts or dresses. I love silkies against my skin. something light and airy. I love my chemise nighties I am more comfy in that type of thing though. I can not wear them in public no no. might cause traffic accident.
2008-05-20 4:49
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Re: Do clothes make a difference?
I hate shoes and restrictive clothing. Have since I was little. And while the shinoar were certainly very leggy digitigrade walkers, I blame my walking on my toes naturally (it's how I learned *how* to walk at a 10m old, actually) because I have particularly high arches (shoe shopping nightmare) coupled with a tight calcaneal tendon. I can't touch my toes well because while the tendon that attaches the gastroc-nemius to the heel bone seems stiff, I also naturally lock my knees back due to extra-loose ligaments. This leads to a feeling like my legs are going to tear apart at the knee. Even flat-footed walking triggers this because my knees still hyperextend to some degree. Walking on my toes, however, prevents this extension. I simply find it a convenient coincidence that my spiritual "balance" fits it so well.

Clothing wise... nothing that really deal with my kinship. While I'd love to have some jewelry to display between horns (even though the shinoar made none that I can remember), I actually prefer "stiff" tops... like bodices of all things. I have chronic back pain and they make it feel better. And they've never felt restrictive because of 'wings'. I do prefer baggy pants, especially hakama because they flow but also cover. Not full skirts so much. Too hard to run in.
2008-05-20 7:28
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Ahhh, I'd believe it. High heels must be a delicious feeling for the non-humanoid soul.

I can't say whether or not it's related to having some wingroom, but I do much prefer the feeling of tank tops and halters. My shoulders always feel so much more relaxed. I can deal with tees... my muscles feel tighter in them, but it's alright. Frickin' hate coats, though.

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2008-05-20 13:06
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Re: Do clothes make a difference?
I also like walking on my toes and it's how I naturally run. However without a tail for balance, walking on the balls of my feet tends to get annoying after awhile in this human body. I want to lean forward and that obviously throws off my 5'3" frame. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

I tend to wear baggy clothing for comfort reasons and while I doubt that's related to my 'kin side, it does help me to feel unrestricted. I occasionally wear boots with heals and it does make my phantom paws more pronounced, but again since it's not something I'm used to, it tends to make my balance awkward. And it's not that my balance is bad, it's just that I don't have a tail to use for counter-balance. And I don't walk on all fours. <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->

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