Worn Stories

"Worn Stories" was released on March 16 on Netflix. 

If you are looking for a lighthearted and easy show to watch, look no further. Netflix’s new original series "Worn Stories" is uplifting, cheerful and takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions with each story. 

"Worn Stories" is based off of the New York Times bestselling book "Worn Stories" by Emily Spivack. Released in 2014, the book features a collection of 60 stories of clothing-inspired narratives from everyday citizens and famous people alike. 

Each episode of the mini series is based around a theme and is told through first-hand narratives and cartoon representations. People of all ages and walks of life are featured, and each story offers something unique to the overall theme. 

The layout of the episodes jumps from narrative to narrative but is very easy to follow. Featuring a mix of animated sequences and interviews, the show even goes as far as to film clips of everyday life of some of the interviewees. The way the stories are told makes each story stand out while still portraying a very clear theme, somehow never muddling the overall message when jumping from story to story. 

Even when dealing with sensitive topics, "Worn Stories" remains professional. The first episode, titled “Community,” features a couple interviews from people who live in a nudist community and what their lack of clothing means to them. Although they are interviewed in the nude, the production makes it seem normal to the point where I didn’t even realize the lack of clothing. Somehow, the producers were able to make both the interviewees and audience comfortable with that display of full nudity. 

"Worn Stories" was also highly diverse and inclusive. Aside from featuring interviews with members of a nudist community, people from all walks of life were featured. One episode explores the concept of walk-out clothing, which are the clothes one wears when leaving prison, and how prison affects their identity. Another features a gender neutral b’nai mitzvah, exploring the concept of gender neutrality and androgyny. The gay nightclub scene, escorts and clothing from immigrants are all featured throughout the show. 

This show made me feel a range of emotions with each episode. As an emotional watcher, episodes that probably weren’t supposed to make the audience cry found me crying. It’s a show you can pause and come back to if you need, and you still won’t feel like you missed a beat. Each episode is filled with true emotion and love. I felt like I personally knew each interviewee just after hearing their story with their clothing. 

I highly recommend this show and give it five stars. “Lost and Found” was my favorite episode, but “Chance” was a close second for the way they both got me invested. At a time when I felt a little homesick, it made me feel connected to something bigger than myself and reminded me of the power behind what we wear. 

Sydney Fluker is a Staff Writer.

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