An Outfit in Outtakes
Yesterday as I took my seat on my flight to Florida, a woman sitting in my row struck up a conversation with me. She asked me what my profession was and eventually we began discussing my blog. I was almost embarrassed to mention that I have a style blog. I was an absolute mess and she probably didn’t think I knew an ounce about style as I dumped my gigantic carry-on in the seat next to me, falling haphazardly into my chair, hair everywhere. Would she even believe I knew anything about style and fashion?
As a fashion blogger, I find that I’m expected to look perfect. Whether it’s for my blog photos or attending an event, I feel this pressure. Is it self-imposed? Possibly. I’m sure there are parts of it that come from striving to create a perfect image of myself and my blog, but also looking up to all the perfectly poised and just-so fashion bloggers that there are out there. When I attend an event where I know I’ll run into other bloggers I feel even more pressure to make sure that I look just right, often times bringing multiple outfits with me and panicking on what to wear for fear of wearing the “wrong” thing.
Now I’m not sure if other fashion bloggers feel this way or if it’s just me. I’m inclined to say that there are many style bloggers out there who have these same feelings of anxiety – and that’s what makes us just like everyone else, just like you. We’re not perfect and the truth is we get poppyseeds stuck in our teeth and our hair gets tangled and windblown just like the rest of the world. It’s important that you know this – that fashion bloggers everywhere are not immune to this. While we put our best foot forward in our blogs, the truth is we have hundreds of outtake photos, showing us laughing, making funny faces, a double chin, a belly roll, an awkward pose.
Often times I hear my friends, family, or my readers comment on how I always look perfect, so pulled together and put together, not a hair out of place. So here’s a bunch of photos that I normally wouldn’t share because they do show all of those awkward moments, which subsequently are probably the photos that I have the most of. It takes hundreds of photos to get those perfect 5-7 that I share with you. So here’s some that don’t make the cut and I haven’t edited them in any way.
But instead of picking apart the flaws and imperfections that I see in myself or that you may see in me, I’m going to see the beauty in these outtakes, how perfect they are in that they’re just me enjoying myself. It might be at an unflattering angle, but all in all, both the flattering and the unflattering make up everything that is me.
And in case you still want to know what it is I’m wearing, here are the details:
Shirt: [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2Folivia-moon-stripe-tank-plus-size%2F3547100%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/olivia-moon-stripe-tank-plus-size/3547100?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=BLACK%2F+IVORY+W%2F+LIME&resultback=214&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_1_B” save_to_store=”true”]Olivia Moon[/shopsense]; Sweater: [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2Fsejour-space-dye-roll-sleeve-cardigan-plus-size%2F3488884%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/sejour-space-dye-roll-sleeve-cardigan-plus-size/3488884?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=BLUE+LAGOON%2F+WHITE+COMBO&resultback=1809&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_6_B” save_to_store=”true”]Sejour[/shopsense]; Jeans: [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fkut-from-the-kloth-catherine-slim-boyfriend-jeans%2F3445626%3Forigin%3DPredictiveSearch-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kut-from-the-kloth-catherine-slim-boyfriend-jeans/3445626?origin=PredictiveSearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2372949&fashionColor=&resultback=5874&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_15_B” save_to_store=”true”]KUT from the Kloth[/shopsense]; Sandals: [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2Fsam-edelman-gigi-sandal%2F3033428%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/sam-edelman-gigi-sandal/3033428?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=SILVER+SNAKE+PRINT&resultback=236&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_2_B” save_to_store=”true”]Sam Edelman[/shopsense]; Necklace: [shopsense shopsense_url=”none” original_url=”http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?fromGrid=1&sku=24806057&mcat=148206&cid=288187&search_params=s+5-p+32-c+288187-r+101287465-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+” save_to_store=”true”]Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant[/shopsense]; Watch: [shopsense shopsense_url=”http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2FS%2Fmichael-kors-runway-ceramic-watch-40mm%2F3063628%3Forigin%3DPredictiveSearch-personalizedsort” original_url=”http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/michael-kors-runway-ceramic-watch-40mm/3063628?origin=PredictiveSearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=539&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_3_B” save_to_store=”true”]Michael Kors[/shopsense]
I love that the pictures are still so beautiful. It sends the message that flawless does not equate to beauty.
Thank you Veronica! 🙂
Love this post! I think its true that you don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! It was a really inspiring post!
P.S the outtakes are so cute!
Thanks Nicole! 🙂
Love this post! Thank you for sharing! Great outfit too
Thanks Glynis 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying your outfit like this as well! 🙂
I have a blog and feel the same way, especially when I’m in my ballet class. It’s hard to look put together when I’m wearing booty shorts and cut off tights with a t-shirt or sports bra. I also get super nervous about what to wear when meeting other bloggers. I am a planner (control freak), so if I just figure out an outfit that makes me comfortable, I can relax. The rest of the time I look pulled together but usually not perfect. That’s life though, right.
I feel the same way with my tap class and Zumba class! I definitely feel the same way with the control side of things. I’m glad there is a similar sentiment amongst bloggers!
HA these pictures are amazing, and like you said, they show you having FUN loving being a blogger! I have so many unflattering photos, this might inspire me to poke some fun at myself and post them as well 🙂 have fun in Florida! xo Alyson
Thanks Alyson. Can’t wait to see your post with outtakes! 🙂
I don’t see anything wrong with these photos. It looks perfect to me.