I had a comment on Instagram a while back that someone thought an outfit I’d put together was a great costume idea.
I’m Not Wearing A Costume – I Dress For Myself
The first thought that ran through my head was,
“Good grief! People think I’m wearing a costume?”
Then afterwards I was just pissed because I felt attacked as a person, not simply my style.
When I choose my outfits I’m choosing to dress as myself, in a way that expresses visually who I am. An attack on my clothing choices feels like an attack on my character as a person.
This leads me to the outfits I wore for the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show, which BTW…in case you were wondering…aren’t costumes!
While I certainly take inspiration from film and TV what I wear is a direct reflection of me as a person on any given day of my life. I’m dressing to please myself so that when I look in the mirror the image I see reflects who I am. I don’t ever see a stranger dressed in a costume, I’m dressed as myself, which is maybe a bit too creative and weird for some, but just right for me.
Expressing yourself creatively through your clothing choices is an opportunity. Some view it as an opportunity to wear the latest trends or follow the advice of a celebrity or blogger.
While bloggers and celebrities are a wonderful source of inspiration, they aren’t fashion Gods.
When it comes to dressing yourself you are the master of your own domain. You need to make those choices for yourself based on what you see reflected in your mirror. You get to choose how other people see you. The impression that your clothes make is a lasting one. Like we say about food, “We eat with our eyes first and our mouths second,” I’d say the same about forming first impressions, we expose ourselves visually first and then have the opportunity to follow up verbally.
I don’t worry that some people may not understand what I’m trying to communicate to the world. They simply don’t “get” me. The most important thing is that when I look in the mirror I’m happy with myself and I know I’m putting my best self out there.
Do you ever look in the mirror and feel like you are wearing a costume, or don’t recognise the person staring back at you? What choices or circumstances made you feel that way?
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