This is sort of a spin off on the idea of your audience. With the preponderance of online images – blogs, pinterest, online shopping sites’ catalogs – comes a false sense of what we should be looking like. Or what others look like, for that matter. The online, virtual world is not the real world. No matter how much of it we ingest. Once you walk out the front door you enter the real world. A world where sitting creates wrinkles in your pants and skirts shift as you walk. Wind blows your hair. Lipstick fades halfway through the day. It’s okay. It’s reality and we are all subject to it 😉
This last year I found myself increasingly dressing with the online audience in mind. I tend to do this when my personal life is in a lull and I don’t have a lot of face to face interaction. I start to substitute the online world for what’s lacking in my real life. Unwittingly, I begin to dress in a way that aligns with the online community, supplanting the real life cultural norms around me. I want to get back on track with being authentically me, in whatever environment I find myself (and with frequent cross country moves, that shifts often!)
What I rail against is the staged outfit image, most often with very high heels that could only be described as sitting shoes. It’s always been very important to me to display exactly what my real life outfits are. I’ve gone so far as to show sweaty running gear shots and lounge wear with bed head to represent what I actually look like day to day. I will never take a pretty picture, post it online, and change out to something else. My most favorite outfit pictures are ones I’ve nicknamed ‘in the wild’, meaning they are not posed at home but taken while I’m out with friends or loved ones doing whatever it is that’s on the agenda that day.
There are the out to dinner shots, the parties at friends’, sporting events, or even more fun, the spontaneous roadside shots (a certain 20 foot dinosaur on HWY 19 in FL comes to mind lol). In my mind, there is little value in showcasing a look that does not get utilized in real life. There already are models for this, right? I am no model. Not by a long shot! I’m just a gal who likes clothes but wants to shop responsibly. And to share that with others.
Outfit pics won’t be a major part of this, but I plan to post some from time to time. Rest assured they will always be exactly what I really wore, head to toe. Dressing for, and by extension shopping for, my actual life was a major lesson. After all, that’s the point – to buy clothes for your lifestyle, station in life, and climate that you will actually use. What good are clothes that we don’t actually wear?