April 1, 2014

The "Get Dressed!" Project

From my old blog which actually contained, like, no outfits pictures besides this.

(I have to start by saying that this isn't an April Fools' joke and hopefully it doesn't seem like one...)

I've decided to start something new on this here blog.

My plan is to take a picture of what I wear everyday for a year. I know this sounds extreme, but that's sort of the point. My idea here is to have this be an experiment of sorts and I've decided to do it for a few different reasons.

Fashion is one of my biggest interests and that's why I started blogging again in the first place — I wanted an outlet for my fashion writing (and cool pictures and stuff...) — but as you can see, I haven't written a post since November. Currently, I'm working full-time freelance as an entertainment writer which makes it difficult for me to feel like writing blog posts regularly. Basically because of laziness and tired eyes and sore back and all that. It also makes it "difficult" for me to get dressed on the days when I work from home. (A big addition to this feeling recently has been THE LONGEST WINTER THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED. It was/kind of still is so cold. It's hard to feel motivated about clothes when you have to wear a giant puffy coat every single day.)

I always feel so much better when I actually put on clothes and don't just sit on my couch typing away in pajamas. I'm sure this isn't something everyone feels, so it might sound materialistic or weird to some. And maybe it's because my moods shift pretty easily, but getting dressed seriously makes so much of a difference for me when it comes to how I feel.  Doing this project will get me active when it comes to just getting dressed, as simple as that sounds, and will provide me with constant ideas on what to write about. For instance, Where did that purse come from? How have I kept that coat for seven years? Why haven't I been thrifting recently?

Desperate times. (Plus, wtf is up with my hair?)
I've read fashion blogs since way back in the day when they were barely fashion blogs, but rather just people talking crappy photos of their outfits in the mirror. There was MyStyleDiary (that's what it was called, right?) where I discovered Susie Bubble and was like, "Oh snap! I wanna be like that! Give me a point-and-shoot camera and dingy mirror!" And I did, I added pictures to the site and I pretty much only wore t-shirts and jeans.  I was a senior in high school and it was new to me, but I loved the community of it. I loved seeing what other people were wearing and getting comments on my own outfits. Similarly, I was a big fan of a Tumblr group called Bits and Bobbins. (Again, I may be off on the name. These are both, unsurprisingly, now defunct.)

Obviously, a lot has changed in the world of fashion blogging and now blogs are pristine websites with partnerships and bloggers blog as their full-time jobs. To avoid any confusion here, I'm absolutely not hating on this. It's fantastic to be able to do what you love for your career and it's something I've always found to be extremely important. I'm just pointing out the change because this project I'm going about is going to explore those changes in a way. Yeah, sometimes I might have a really nice photo of an outfit I really like and it might look "bloggy" in the normal way. But sometimes I'm going to take a picture of a pair of sweatpants sitting on the floor because that's what I wore. It's the back and forth between the more put-together-ness of somedays and the I'm-wearing-leggings-and-a-hoodie-all-day-ness that intrigues me. I love fashion, but I don't always look like it.

I want to see if any changes happen for me through doing this. Will I get dressed every day? Will I be happier? Will I start wearing jewelry? (Spoiler alert: That's not going to happen.) Will I notice any patterns? Will I stop wearing those black pants that I wear ALL THE TIME as often? Will I use more of my closet? Will I be more motivated to write blog posts other than for the Get Dressed project? Will I get better at photography? Blog designing? Styling? Will my work space become more glamorous than this sad mess?

I know Sriracha is in right now, but what about half-used duck sauce packets?

I definitely have some reservations about this so I'm going to try to answer some questions I've be asking myself.

Will you really take a photo EVERY DAY?
Yep. I'm going to try my hardest. That doesn't mean I'm going to post every single day — I'm not trying to put an unrealistic amount of pressure on myself — so there might be some days where photos from the past few days go up at once.

Are you just trying to guilt yourself into getting dressed?
No! I know I actually want to get dressed, so I'm just motivating myself. If I were guilting myself, I'd require that the days I stay in sweatpants, I take a photo of myself in them. I'm not making it a requirement that I'm actually wearing the clothes.

Are you going to still write longer posts?
I hope so! That's one of my reasons for doing this. Again, motivation.

What are you major reasons behind this?
Being able to write about fashion. Feeling better in general because of, ya know,the whole loving what I'm wearing thing. To see what — if anything — changes with my style, writing, mood, blog because of this. Also! My love of documentation. My dad's a photographer/quasi-hoarder and I know for sure that I got from him my love of looking at old pictures and just generally keeping track of things. I think it will be really cool a year from now to look back at all of these.

Are people going to be weirded out when they see that tripod always standing in your living room?

Got questions? Ask me. Even after all of this, there's still probably some things I need to clarify for myself.

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