* dress – vintage shop * vintage bag – swap * shoes – hush puppies * coat – zara * brooch – I made it*
Remember when I used to do outfit photos all the time, and take them documentary style in the living room in front of the sofa? Now that I only post three times a week and only one of them is an outfit post, I feel like I want to make an extra effort with outside locations. So I’ve found some places where I can set up my tripod and pose undisturbed in front of a variety of backgrounds. And then of course I have to take pictures of all my outfit details, and the pretty flowers and sky and the cat slinking about, and then we end up with mammoth posts like this. And this is leaving out 4 more outfit pics I have edited and uploaded to my flickr photostream.
I’d like your views on this: People are forever complaining about outfit bloggers that post too many pictures of the same outfit, but then this is staying on the right side of that line isn’t it? It’s only when the pictures are identical that it becomes annoying, right? And surely if I only do one outfit a week, its preferable for that to be in an editorial style setting, n’est-ce pas?
It’s funny, when I used to take outfit pics all the time, I strongly came down on the side of outfit documentation. I thought people who wore spiky heels in the forest and posed with balloons and elaborate camera tricks and editing in a fashion editorial style were just a bit odd really. Well, not odd, but it seemed very far removed from what I was doing. It was about what I actually wore on a given day. And I still subscribe to that philosophy.
And I did wear this outfit to go for a nice meal (and to record my vlog). But: there is no way I would have worn those shoes if I had actually spent time walking about on wet grassy ground. I spent a good half hour walking to and from some shop’s back yard and arranging myself artfully, and I keep thinking its only a small step from this to actually getting dressed up especially for the photo, and just abandoning any attempt for the outfit to be a real life one.
It does feel more self-absorbed to do editorial than documentary things somehow, to go out especially to take picture in a completely artificial situation. But then again, I’m not really thinking its a bad thing. I’ve found blogging (and prior to that, outfit picture taking for wardroberemix) and the whole process of thinking about getting dressed so interesting and fun and I love the appreciation of a great outfit you can get from the blogosphere, and I totally appreciate the role of the outfit as creative expression, and the outfit photo as a work of art, or at least a creative artifact. All outfit blogging is to some extent a performance, and the editorialness just makes that performance aspect more explicit.
But at the same time I occassionally share some of the feelings Waves expressed in her fantastic recent post, that as fashion bloggers we may be overthinking and overnarrating our clothes just slightly. And because editorial style pictures are more openly narrated, more openly a fantasy, this is where sometimes I think it’s tipping over.
So as you can see I don’t know what I think really. But I’d love your thoughts, as well as your feedback on whether you are enjoying the more editorial focus. I hope you are!