Dress: Anthropologie Unconditional Osier Dress
Cardigan: The Limited
Boots: Anthropologie Buckled Paddock Boots
"Yeah, we're locked up in ideas. We like to label everything. Well, I'm just gonna do here what I gotta do here 'cause I gotta keep myself free." - Foster the People
Well, I've weathered another storm of negative comments and lived to tell about it. I know what you're thinking: What the hell is wrong with this girl? Why doesn't she just delete those suckers and act like they never existed? I mean, that's what everyone else does. My answer: I don't believe in avoidance. I did it most of my life, and it got me nowhere. Sure, it was the safe thing to do, but at what cost? I wasn't being true to myself or others. If someone said something negative, I just shrugged it off, acted like I didn't care, and then did my best to avoid that person or avoid doing something that could attract more negative attention. I got tired of keeping up the facade. I decided to just be myself. Now, if people don't like me, well yeah, it hurts like hell, but I eventually get over it and learn something from it. The world can break you, but you become stronger at the broken places. This is the reason why I let the negative comments through and talk about how they make me feel in my posts. Contrary to popular opinion, I don't do it for attention. Just as people have the right to criticize me, I have the right to address the issue, describe my feelings, and defend myself if need be. Just because I don't cower down and crawl into a hole doesn't mean I'm an attention whore. It always kills me when people call me narcissistic. In my opinion, it's way more narcissistic to tell someone how you think they should act and what you think they should wear.
Due to the negative critiques on my NYE outfit and my style in general, I find myself looking at my pictures now and trying to figure out what negative things people are going to say about my outfit. In a weird way, it's kind of fun. It's like I'm fashion policing myself, and it's always fun to criticize! It's makes us feel better about ourselves, but wait...this is myself I'm criticizing...oh, I'm so confused! First off, these particular pictures are less than stellar. It was 30 degrees this day with a strong, blustery wind. Jerry and I literally ran over to the building next to our office, shot these pictures in 5 minutes, and ran back inside. Poor Jerry, most of the pictures came out crooked because I'm sure he was having a hard time holding the camera in his freezing hands. So, I've got all that going for me right from the start. The next thing I noticed was that this dress is pretty short-waisted, much like the Dulce Dress, but don't pull out those fashion sirens yet! I think in this instance it's not as bad because the whole dress is the same material (i.e. the waist line doesn't stand out as much). I also noticed that the waist kind of poofs out a little bit, making it look like I might have a little bit of a tummy (no, I'm not pregnant). Next, I might be suffering from stumpy leg syndrome because I'm wearing booties that cut off the lines of my legs. Honestly, to me, it just looks like I'm rocking some cool ass booties. Lastly, I guess it could be said that my cardigan adds unnecessary bulk. Believe me, in 30 degree weather, this cardigan was NECESSARY bulk.
My conclusion: I give this outfit an A.
Supporting evidence: You can analyze something to death. You can find all the possible flaws and point them out, but what is the point really? After all that critiquing, I still like this outfit. I feel hip and cool in it. I feel like me.
“The worst sort of critics are (analogy coming) butterfly collectors - they chase something, ostensibly out of their search for beauty, then, once they get close, they catch that beautiful something, they kill it, they stick a pin through its abdomen, dissect it and label it. The whole process, I find, is not a happy or healthy one. Someone with his or her own shit figured out, without any emotional problems or bitterness or envy, instead of killing that which he loves, will simply let the damn butterfly fly, and instead of capturing and killing it and sticking it in a box, will simply point to it - "Hey everyone, look at that beautiful thing" - hoping everyone else will see the beautiful thing he has seen." ― Dave Eggers
Foster The People - Call It What You Want