Hello, fancy running into you here. Don't think I've forgotten about you! I'm back with full force! I needed some time off to heal, as I've been encountering some personal issues. Now that things have calmed down, I am in a better state of mind to continue doing what makes me happy, something I have been neglecting for quite a bit. Firstly, happy spring to all of you! I hope that it has been much kinder to you than it has been to me. Things are finally beginning to look up, however! And I have many exciting things under way in the next couple of months, in addition to all that I had written about looking forward to in my New Years post!
Although not particularly warm, San Francisco has greeted us with some sunlight (and the occasional thunder storm), so I have been able to venture out into the open air without a coat, something I haven't been able to do really since last summer. But as my fellow San Franciscans know, layers are a must, no matter what the forecast. The weather always has a funny way of changing direction when you least suspect it to.
This has, however, convinced me to think outside the box, clothing-wise! I'm starting to accept and understand that I don't have one exact style and can't be categorised into one main archetype, there are many trends and styles that interest me, which means I can blend in with many groups--and that's perfectly okay. For a while, I have always thought I had to identify with one set style and that would be who I presented myself as, when in reality, I can dress like a pinup straight out of the 1950s one day, and wear a flannel, black jeans, and Doc Martens the next, and still feel that I am showcasing my personality. The people who know me best are those who have seen every side of me, not just one, which led to them forming an opinion of the type of person I am. What a strange notion that we can decide who someone is based off of the one outfit we see them in. There are two sides to this, as our judgement can be both powerful and seemingly useless. There is no way to completely understand who a person is based off of their clothing, especially if that judgement is negative. However, presenting yourself in a way that you know will reflect well to others (i.e. a job interview, audition, first date, etc.) can put the power in your own hands. Not really a point to this, just more food for thought, and something I've been thinking about lately.
The power of archetypes and labels is indisputable, whether we disagree with it or not. Have you ever wondered how your friends would describe you to someone who doesn't know you? This is often a question I ask people who know me in varying degrees, from a romantic partner to an acquaintance, just out of curiosity. All of this being said, what are your perceptions of who I am solely based off of my outfit posts? Let me know in the comments! I would really like to know how I present myself to others.
I wish you nothing but the best this spring! What are your opinions on labelling? Are the judgements made by others on you usually right or wholly inaccurate, and how does that make you feel? Do let me know in the comments, and let's start a discussion!
Stay sweet ♡
P.S. Thank you to all of you who have been there for me unconditionally over the course of the past few months (you know who you are). It means the absolute world to me!