Back to the time when I was a teenager, one day I heard one of my uncles made a comment about the Danish fairy tale The Red Shoes:
“This story takes the punishment of vanity too far!”
I heard him saying. Back then I did not give much thought about it.
Once I started making my own living, I also started collecting my own ‘red shoes’ (aka my favourite fashion items), and I was quite proud of it! Why wouldn’t I be?
Until one night in Taipei. I was in my mid twenties, my then boy friend and I were leaving a party together, and this was what he said to me:
“You are not a shallow person, but you sounded very shallow when you talked about fashion.” He must have been referring to a conversation I’d had at the party and he was clearly not impressed.
There and then, I suddenly realized that this was the ‘red shoes punishment’ I was getting.
A lady friend I used to know, who spent great sums of money on her mansion’s renovation and restyling. After receiving my letters and photos of my self-styled-portraits, she called me and told me not to send her photos of myself again and “do some charity”, as if I were the sort of person who is self indulge therefore I must be selfish.
You see? People thing renovating a perfectly good house is totally acceptable; however, when it comes to renovating our appearance (even though it costs much less), we could be considered vain and ungiving…
I can’t record every ‘red shoes punishment’ I’ve received over these years, there have been plenty! A few years ago before I discovered blogging, the man I was going out with, made this harsh comment about my self portraits hanging on my unit’s wall:
“You are mad! What are these for? Photographing your purchases??”
That’s right! Photographing my fashion purchases. Ironically, this is exactly what today’s fashion/style bloggers do – styling and photographing our fashion purchases!!! This activity is now known as the ‘Outfit of the Day’ (OOTD).
The times have truly changed. Today’s fashion devotees have been given so many platforms and tools to broadcast their every individual style to the entire world! Although it will never be everyone’s cup of tea; and criticism will always be there, but, somehow I feel that ‘the red shoes collectors’ have finally become more acceptable and forgiven by the world than ever!
As this is my 100th blog post, I want to use this post to thank my followers and readers who understand and/or enjoy my self styling journey. I may never be able to explain why I love documenting my own look (my fashion purchases; my OOTD… whatever you like to call it).
Here’s a quote from fashion designer Zac Posen and I’d like to share it with you all by way of wrapping up…
“At the end of it all it’s just clothing, we’re not changing the world, but to put out a positive, artistic message that is empowering to women is very important to me.”
Photography by: Road Wang