Oh the selfie. If this generation will be known for anything, I think ‘the selfie’ tops the list.
Honestly, my relationship with the selfie is a complicated one. Even after having done a number of these OOTD posts it’s still a relationship I’m not completely comfortable with. For quite some time I wrestled with the idea before I thought, “Okay, I’m going to do this. I’m going to put myself out there in this way.” Still, taking a selfie makes me a bit uncomfortable…
I used to cringe at the idea of a selfie. Like some I thought that selfies were for the younger generation, the self-absorbed, or the celebrities of the world. At the start, I was afraid of being called ‘narcissistic’ and ‘full of oneself’, but even worse I thought of the possibility of attracting haters, Twitter Trolls, as well as racist and insensitive comments. In fact, not too long ago I was called a ‘dumb bunny’ and ‘an insult to women kind’ from a complete stranger. At the end of the day I didn’t take the comment seriously but I’m not gonna lie, at first it made me angry, especially after all the hard work I’ve done to start my business on my own and to earn my Master’s degree. It’s one thing to judge someone based on his or her appearance (lesson learned on the selfie preconceptions I mentioned earlier) but coupled with absolute inconsideration for another person’s feelings is just plain sad to the umpteenth degree.
So why on earth did I decide to jump on the selfie bandwagon?
Vintage love. That’s why.
In the beginning, I started this blog as a way of introducing my shop and sharing the reasons why I love collecting vintage clothing but as time went on I realized there was this underlying stereotype about vintage fashion that I wanted to address. Every so often I get comments like, “Oh, so you sell hand me downs?” or “You don’t look like other people I know who wear vintage, like you know, you don’t look like you wear my Grandma’s clothing.” Even my doctor said to me once, “You sell vintage? [After explaining to her what the term, ‘vintage’ meant] Oh, so you sell junk.” In her defense she’s of an older generation who I find, like a percentage of people of a certain era, don’t get the concept of ‘vintage.’
As a result, I thought about starting to do a weekly outfit of the day post after noticing that there were very few bloggers out there wearing authentic vintage pieces in a modern way. I just wanted to share the way I wear vintage. If I could help break this preconception that vintage is just for Rockabillies, or pin up models, or lovers of Mad Men, then that would be a plus. By the way, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wearing vintage head to toe. Everyone should wear what they want to wear in whatever way they want to wear it and not be pre-judged on how they’re wearing it. Fuck trends, fuck “the rules,” fuck what’s considered, “cool”!
So there’s the reason why I started doing OOTD posts, but why did I choose to do it using selfie photos in front of the mirror? This is the bit where even I was like, “wouldn’t this be weird?” I mean, I knew I was going to get questions like, “Where are you taking these photos?” and “Why in front of the mirror? Why not just take a regular selfie?” These are very valid questions I’d be asking too! Well here’s the dillio on that…
Usually, I take these photos every Monday. This is the day I typically go vintage hunting in the city. It started one Monday when I decided to share one of my vintage finds while I was in the fitting room. Heck, the lighting was good and I got all of my outfit in the shot, sweeeeet! Now I do it just about every week. I don’t know someone whose a photographer so this still seems like the best way to do it. Besides, I get really self-conscious in front of a camera. I never know what to do with my hands or with my face. You know that Friends episode where Chandler can’t take a decent photograph? Okay, my face doesn’t get that weird but it gets weird.
Selfies may seem like someone’s a bit ‘into oneself’ but like lots of things it depends on context and at its best it’s a way of sharing your interests with other like-minded peeps from all over the world. That’s a pretty groovy reason to do it, if you ask me.
blouse & scarf: VINTAGE; jeans: H&M; jacket: ZARA