Performancing Metrics


Other People's Clothes

I realized about halfway through shooting outfit photos today that I'm wearing items that have likely been blogged before, and not by me! Thanks to the blogger closet purges, I acquired this top from Miss Vinyl Ahoy and my necklace from Karla's Closet. I'm a big fan of sending loved items on to someone else who will love them, too. My admiration for consignment shop Second Time Around is well documented. And clothing swaps are the new shop (Boston folk: big swap coming up on July 30th.)!
But what I really want to talk about today has to do with my participation in Gala Darling's series on body pressure in the blogosphere. I love fashion blogs because they are more equitable than aspirational. What I mean by this is that they are about bringing fashion inspiration to everyone: big, small, young, old, rich, poor. Blogs are about fashion for all! Whereas the fashion industry is all about aspiration. The entire enterprise thrives on making you want what you can't / don't have. 

The fashion industry tells us we should want to be white, tall, thin, young, conventionally beautiful and wealthy. Sounds nice, doesn't it? But what if you are like me? Yes, I'm white, but I'm also petite, busty, not-so-young, moderately attractive and middle class. These categories become so elite that few actual fashion models can meet all the requirements. So we turn to blogs to find people like us, and when we see people like us who are beautiful and wonderful, it reminds us that we, too, are beautiful and wonderful, just as we are. 

Yet the fashion industry is so pervasive, we find ourselves in it's clutches even in the blogosphere. If an outfit photo shows off a fabulous detail of my clothes, but makes me look 10 pounds heavier, do I post it? I usually won't. And why, if this is all about the garments, and not what I look like?

I don't have the answers. I only know that some days I feel a lot of love for my body, and some days I can only see the things I want to change. I want myself, and others, to spend more time in the former category than the latter - I hope you all will come along that journey with me, and let me walk along with you.

Shoes: Vince Camuto
Necklace: Karla's Closet
Cuff: courtesy of Ann Taylor
Handbag: Vintage
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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