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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Father's Daughter


Every so often I think my father's style is rubbing off on me. This is odd because he is in the army and wears a uniform nearly every day...and I'm not exactly a camouflage wearing type of girl. Yet this shirt color reminds me so much of the tees he wears for PT (physical training). And the socks and sandals thing? Yep, he's been rocking that look for years...
I wanted to clarify (or perhaps continue) the points I mentioned in my post Paradoxes of Blogging. The main point today is: wearing an outfit for the sake of a photograph. While I said, I do wear certain outfits for the sake of the photographs this doesn't mean the outfits are only worn for the length of a photography session.
Admittedly, I have on occasion put things on only for the length of my picture-taking, but these posts generally state something to that effect. See this post where I wore my vintage white dress; I put it on and photographed it, then took it off. I made this fact clear in the post and only photographed it because I was planning on altering it and I wanted to be able to look back and remember how it had been before I changed it. I also wanted to share the find as I thought it was a sort of special piece. It was impossible to wear unaltered because even with heels I was tripping over the hems; so wearing it was not an option.
However, that sort of post is rarity. More often, I will have my "style experiments" which I wear all day, but my point is: I wouldn't have worn them all day if I didn't have this old fashion blog and the thought of pictures in the back of my head. That is what I meant by "the process of recording alters the record." In the conscious act of deciding to record things we begin to construct items to record and alter what we are recording; if we hadn't decided to write blogs then the day, outfits, and ourselves would be different (although possibly this difference is minor). My outfits are definitely being worn, but in a "normal" world they probably wouldn't have been outfits I tried out. My blog has given me some sartorial courage and a reason to exercise it. If you came upon me on the street (or path in the woods), they are what I would be wearing that day.
There is the inherent staging effect of taking pictures; particularly when you take them of yourself. I mentioned this way back in 2008 and with photographic illustration. In that post slightly clashing elements of a tote bag and leopard print headphones were highlighted when they normally would have been removed for the sake of blog images. Such edits happen frequently and not always by conscious choice (often I merely forget to photograph my purse rather than purposely leave it out). Many other factors lead to the staging of outfit shots as well. Most of the winter I removed my coats in order to photograph the outfits I was wearing underneath them, misleading some people to think I lived in a warmer clime than I do. I also spend more time every day barefoot than I do in heels; one of the joys of working from home, no?
Truthfully, even if I could paint a perfectly accurate and realistic image of my life and my outfits: I doubt I would. This blog is escapism as much for me as it might be for others visiting; so if only idealized images of this period in time remain to jog my memory later, I'm content with that.

63 comments:

openid said...

These are fab, thanks for posting!

Susan said...

Gorgeous!

Glossing Over It

Raquel said...

love what you wrote, and totally feel the same.
the outfit looks very military girly and cute, if that makes sense ha!

Juliet said...

love your skirt!;)
xxx darling

Jenni said...

I definitely agree, Rebecca. I don't think i would have given pattern on pattern outfits a try if it wasn't for my blog, and now it's one of my favorite things to style.

And I always forget to photograph my purse or my jacket or sometimes even my jewelry. And to be honest i carry the same purse most of the time anyways so it really would be pointless to photograph it. It doesn't matter what you choose to leave out or put in as long as your being true to yourself, that's all that should matter.

I really appreciate you talking about this.

L said...

love the skirt and i really understand what you mean about forgetting to photograph all the elements of my outfit. usually its because i'm in a hurry, i never leave them out on purpose. i think a lot of it is because i take my pictures myself, taking a lot more time. you have such great thoughts!

oh; and by the way i finished posting the interview i had with you. thanks so much for doing that!

always;L

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Sarah said...

Wonderful skirt! I love that ebay store!

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Bex said...

I love this outfit, and it looks very comfortable. I really appreciate the fact that it is not at all matchey. I think the colorstory is very refreshing.

casual ambiguity said...

I'd love to steal this outfit :D

Dress up scientist said...

Love that skirt and those shoes. So cute. I truly appreciate this discussion on the 'paradoxes of blogging'. I think it's hard to take outfit pictures as it is, especially by yourself. Anyhow, as always, love your blog.

Priska Ara├║jo said...

Linda!

Sarah K. said...

first of all, love this outfit! the shoes are the greatest. and the jumping photo is just fantastic.

secondly, I completely know what you're talking about; sometimes I'll wear heels for my outfit photos, but then I have to do a lot of walking that day so I'll switch to flats. and somedays when I just feel like wearing sweat pants I'll change into something cuter for no reason other than my blog photos. but I see it as a motivator! ultimately I do feel better if I change into prettier clothes.

also, the coat-off thing? I definitely do not portray an accurate winter image on my blog haha. it's absolutely freezing and snowy here from November to April, but I don't wear a coat or mittens in any of my outfit pics. I think for the sake of the blog it's ok to adjust things from time to time. :op

Rakhshanda said...

Wow your skirt is lovely...

YEYE STYLE BLOG said...

Hi Rebecca!

I really liked reading this post I totally understand were you are coming from. I think that in order to keep your blog readers happy the visual aesthetics of the pictures is what people look for in there favorite fashion blogs. I find it so hard to keep up with regular blog posts in the winter since it gets really frigid in Montreal in the months of January and February. I kind of fashion hibernate for those months.

By the way I just received the Talonalia Raven pendant from the giveaway and I adore it I haven't taken it off since yesterday! I will be photographing it soon and posting to my blog as soon as the renovations are done!

Have a wonderful day doll!

xo

-Izzy

:)

Anonymous said...

actually i dont see why people would think that u deliberately wear the clothes juts for photo shoots.
your clothes are very stylish yes, but they are also perfectly wearable. i could see u walking down the streets without drawing TOO MUCH attention. altho u wld draw appreciative glances no doubt

but its not like lady gaga crazy if u get what i mean. so whats the deal

Vicki said...

very well worded my dear, i totally understand your point. I change my outfits slightly for photos when i can, changing my dingey flats for heels, or putting on a piece of jewellery when usually i would forget. It can make the photo.. can i ask did you colour your hair again recently the colour in these photos is just beautiful. x

Brianna said...

Love the espadrilles! You always shoot in such beautiful scenery. How do you manage to get the photo's of you jumping?

libys11 said...

totally love the warm colors of this outfit!! and i would just have to agree with what you said here! i said my piece in the previous post so i dont know to blab more. hahaha!

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tess said...

fantastic skirt, I can see the military influence here with the green t and medals on the skirt! That's kind of awesome your father is inspiring you!

I've never worn something just for a photograph, but I don't tend to post my outfits on the day I actually took them b/c I have lots of other content to put on my blog other than what I'm wearing and I don't want my entire blog to be dictated by my outfits. However, it is interesting, if you don't document something on the internet did it really happen? When I visited the blogger, Julia Whicker, in Iowa this past week I wrote about it on my blog and tweeted about it on my blog twitter, but I never once mentioned it to my real life Twitter or Facebook accounts. It was almost like I was compartmentalizing it just for the blog world. I still have a hard time reconciling my real world with my blog world, they're so separate and I think I like to keep it that way. Even though I've been slowly divulging information about my blog world to my real friends, its odd.

Leia said...

I'm glad you opened up about all this! I feel much the same way, and I'm glad my blog has forced me to try out new outfits that I wouldn't otherwise.

Also, I think I take a few things from my dad. He buys me clothes sometimes and he has surprisingly good taste! :P

Leia's Delights

lopi said...

I'm totally with you on the fact that your blog is a form of escapism. Hey, it's your blog, there's not much more to say than that! I'm sorry if my comment in your "Paradoxes of Blogging" post was easy to be misinterpreted into me implying you don't wear the outfits you blog, in real life. It was not what I meant to say.

And I'm all for "documenting" something before you alter it, like you did with the white dress, or adding photos to explain something, like I did for my dress-to-skirt tutorial. I think it was clear I didn't wear all three outfits in real life and that they were just for the purposes of illustarting a how-to.

I totally understand your point, as my blog has pushed me into being a little more adventurous and creative with my dressing too, even if I go through periods when I just throw on a skirt and a t-shirt and just get done with it. In fact, I just had a comment in my latest post telling me that this kind of oversimplified outfits are plain and probably not worth posting. I'm preparing a post to answer that quite interesting observation, in which I'll include the whole "posting real outfits, dressing for the sake of blogging or (middle ground) getting inspired from the blog to be more creative with outfits" debate.

meowsk said...

I am in the same boat as you when it comes to outfit photos. If I do take photos I wear the outfit most of the day unless I am feeling particularly lazy and revert back to my uniform of pajamas (one of the advantages of working from home). But the art of taking outfit photos has inspired me to mix up my wardrobe in ways I would have never thought up previously. Some days I will put an outfit together just to run errands - getting dressed inspires confidence in me and I don't want to lose that just because I spend most days in front of a computer screen. I also quite enjoy scouting locations for photographs and desire to create a surrealist escape for people with my imagery. Creating an idealistic image always make for better reminiscing later on anyway...

Beautiful photos as always. :o)

ednamode said...

I love the color of your nails!

My Republic of Fashion said...

Really pretty outfit. I love that skirt.:)SarahD

Christy said...

I think this is one of my favorite of your outfits for a long time. The skirt/belt combo is amazing.

Queen D said...

love ur skirt..u always look fabulous :)

THE SECRET LIFE OF "D"

hug and kiss^^

Natasha the whimsical nerd said...

I think that the desire to photograph an outfit and the love of putting them together tend to reinforce one another. I have definitely had days when I feel lazy but nevertheless compelled to put an effort into creative dressing so as to record it. But I like that...it pushes me to put thought into my clothes.

Chloe Trayner said...

The print on that skirt is amazing. Occasionally I'll put things on for a photo and take it off after but often it's more because I don't plan on leaving the house so comfort then becomes paramount. I love how your blog brings up a lot of good discussions. Keep up the good work!

zbsports said...

She is pretty and has good taste in fashion style...from the dress down to shoes and to her accessories they are perfect!!!

Lisa Fergus said...

LOVE this outfit! I really love the color contrasts and your nails? umm LOVE!!!!

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Bind said...

Love the skirt!

Little Ocean Annie said...

You articulate your thoughts so well, Rebeca. I really enjoyed reading this post and nodding my head in agreement to everything you wrote. I love that style blogs ARE about escapism and whimsy and creativity.

xoxo
Annie

Shannon said...

Cool skirt! I first heard about Twitch Vintage on your blog. It's a great ebay store.

Heather A. Phillips said...

I have a similar shirt, and think the same thing, dad in the army, and every time I look it, slightly lose, olive green, I think of him... funny how that works sometimes huh?

Rachel said...

I love that you draw inspiration from your father as well! My dad is a total straight laced professional guy, but has his style tendencies that I like to draw on... like his old-timey Dobbs hats with feathers.

A little nostalgic, a little trendy. Great post!

Laura said...

You have a really great blog!!
I start following you!

Sara Lynn said...

Oh I want to steal that skirt!!

Charmalade said...

I think it's very interesting that you brought up the point that while the point of style blogging is to be true to yourself, especially shown in photographic form, you still have the freedom to manipulate tiny things in order to create that certain illusion. I know in some cases I take photos of an outfit solely for the photo shoot and nothing else, but I'd like to think that I specify when that happens on my blog. Perhaps it's just the 5-year old in me, but sometimes when I'm bored/in a funk, it's fun merely just to dress up and have a ball!

PS: I love how you thought of your dad when you wore that outfit. It's simple yet still very cute!

Toast with Charmalade

hello birdy said...

You must have so many clothes Rebecca! Nearly every post you seem to be wearing something I've not seen you in before! *jealous*
Love the vintage skirt here :o)

Vanessa said...

so lovely! and i read every word. i am so in love with your heeled espadrilles! xxx

terra said...

lovely outfit, everything works so nicely together :-) great shoes!

Polina said...

I love this outfit so much. You look great!!!!!!! :) x

Bad Taste Toast said...

you look perfect and you're such a great inspiration for me! superpretty with your red hair on the khaki and the skirt is freakin awesome anyway! I wish I could copy exactly this look and pull it off like you :)

Haley said...

I love the outfit! It definitely looks like girly military. I have been into the military look lately, also.

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Rio said...

What a cute outfit! I love the skirt!
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Megan said...

I really really really love your skirt!
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Kimberellie said...

Love this look very very cute and causal and very much like something I would wear.

And I totally understand what you are saying about blogging and dressing. It IS very freeing. It's like, you can dress up BECAUSE you have a blog. That said: I'm so casual today it isn't even funny. I totally intend on not taking pictures is why!

Thanks for your thoughts on this!

Anonymous said...

I just love you and your sense of style, as well as your writing skills. By the way, i think there's some kind of battle or competition thing going on in this blog: http://bohememusings.blogspot.com/

some people are comparing your blog to hers and the comments are getting pretty NASTY.....

Anyway Rebecca, you should check it out.

b. said...

I love what you said Rebecca about the act of recording changing the record. I for one know that I too dress with a little more care knowing that the pictures will be taken for the blog.

It's not so much that I did not wear those clothes before ~ you only have to see the old favourites which I adore in the photos to know that. It just means that I might be a little more daring with my ensumble, or a little more vintage inspired.

I love the topics on the paradoxes of blogging. I also love your spadrilles. I am keeping my eye out for a pair for me. :)

xox,
b. of Depict This!

Mel said...

I love your skirt! The print is fabulous!

Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

I'm exactly like you in that aspect. Some outfits are mere experimentation, but by dressing up, seeing the outfit in photographs I sometimes feel inspired to actually draw up an outfit from my experimentation, and outfit that I would really wear.

I love that skirt. This outfit looks really different from what you normally wear. I don't really know what it is about it, but it just looks different. I love it though. I really like your experimentation with new outfits and such.

eleanor said...

That green shirt makes your hair colour even more beautiful! And I really love that skirt.

X

GILBERT/GANDA said...

rebecca! I am loving your writing!
and the bag you use is somehow look like the marc jacobs!

gorgeous!

xx

Anonymous said...

Hey there, sorry if this is too personal a question: What industry do you work in?


-Anna

Anna said...

hey girlie... love the outfit. t-shirts w/nice skirts are def one of my go-to outfit choices...'cept i need more pretty skirts... anyhooooooo. i need to get to a computer where i can actually listen to your plans--stupid work machine doesn't have speakers and my dino laptop finally went extinct. mmmk. last word, khaki tee is awesome :D

Charlie said...

i actually LOVE this outfit! and its nice to see your hair down once in a while!


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Ven said...

LOVE the skirtt!!!!

xoxo

Nadine said...

It's true that we share more on the internet than we would feel comfortable sharing face-to-face. No one acctually grasps that tons more people acctually see them online, than in their normal day, but it somehow still makes a difference.
I love the skirt!
x

Damsels said...

personally i dont think its weird to take a photo of something just for a post . .but the fact is that you still styled it .. hence its your style nad the look is unique for you .

i lvoe that skirt by theway.. so gorgeous

Zohar said...

I really love this outfit on you - great colors (togteher and apart) and very well put together. I also like that's it's very "down to earth" if you know what I mean.

Raji said...

I agree with what you wrote, I think it kind of makes sense that if you're confident enough to take a photograph and record wearing an item of clothing then theres no reason why you wouldnt be as comfortable wearing it out and about, of course sometimes it just isnt one of those days, and you just want to hop back into the pjs.
Either way, your outfits seem to me to be experimental and eyecatching, but stunning and definitely wearable also, and its one of the things I love about your blog.
This look is fantastic, I adoreeee your belt

Malicious Mallory said...

I've been thinking about these things since you began discussing them a little while ago, and I've decided that I don't even care if you wear them anywhere, because to me at least, they look like something that you COULD wear out and about and they provide some inspiration for me. Plus, you're still styling the outfit.

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