I am not a big follower of outfit blogs outside of those on the Fatosphere feed, but I do love how women (and men, I presume) have taken the fashion horse by the reigns and are publicizing their own style. It’s so populist!
I’ve been thinking about outfit blogging for a while, but mostly what stops me is the time needed to do it. I’m in awe of those women who find the time to be their own stylists, secure photographers, and post what they wear and how they wear it. I haven’t read fashion mags in a while (that’s a “lifestyle change” I’ve stuck with — it does tremendously help my health) but I love clothes and what they look like on women who look different from fashion models (not that they aren’t beautiful, but I like diversity in bodies, skin tones, hair, ages, cultures, gendered-ness).
Of course, the other thing that stops me is the lack of anonymity. Yes, there’s a tiny picture of my head that shows up when I post a comment. Yes, there a giant picture of my whole body in a distinctive dress that anyone who knows me would recognize. But there’s something quite intimidating about being so public. Not because of being “publicly fat” but because of being public. I’m worried about my career — not knowing exactly what direction it will take in the future. Sure, it wouldn’t be hard to piece my identity together, and I wouldn’t be surprised if questions about one’s online activities became a regular part of the job hiring process. And I wouldn’t be afraid to disclose what I’ve written. But representing my whole person online, that seems too much for me at the moment.
When something seems to be too much, what usually happens is, the competitive part of me takes over and says, “hell yeah, do that!” But I might want to take a more measured, paced approach in my middle age.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Cautionary tales? Rooting on?