Today, as I was going out to walk the dog, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror (my apartment was decorated in the 70’s and as a result has full walls of mirrors). Now, I don’t know about you but every month when I’m about to get my period, I start to dress differently. I already overdress by most people’s standards but around that time it gets kind of weird.

My clothes get really loud. Today I was wearing gold shoes, a leopard coat, a giant blue bag, huge white 70s sunglasses, orange lipstick and an enormous citrine ring, the most obnoxious piece of real jewelry I own.

I have a friend whose outfits also get crazy that time of month. Normally she’s in workout gear because she’s a personal trainer but all of a sudden she’ll be going to the store looking like a lumberjack/stripper, in over-the-knee argyle socks, shit-kicker boots, a micro mini dress and ribbons wrapped around the pigtails in her hair.

I don’t know why our sense of style changes. Maybe it’s because we’re uncomfortable physically? Everything hurts more during that special time. I’ve been going to acupuncture for my migraines for years and during my period, needles that I usually don’t feel at all will hurt like hell.

Or maybe it’s psychological? No matter how many times it happens, seeing your hands covered in your own blood is disturbing (men write movies about it when it happens to them).

Are we alone or does this happen to other women? Men, is there a consistent time when your style hits the toilet?

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Babe Scanlon is a writer living and working in San Francisco. She's worked as an archaeologist, computer game designer, agent at Agent Provocateur and hypnotherapist. She is controlling your mind at this very moment.

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