A little known fact about me: When I was 17-21 years old, I wanted to be a fashion designer. Some thought that strange since I was Gothic at the time but I have a huge interest in fashion and wanted to design clothing. The only thing that held me back was I cannot sew worth crap. So, I changed the dream back to being a artist...and that evolved into photographer.
I still have an eye for fashion, and even buy things before other people have any interest in it. My mum always says I am about 1 year ahead of everyone when it comes to fashion and the clothing I buy. I noticed when I was Gothic/punk rock, all the other punkrock kids copied what I wore. I guess I just have a knack for fashiony things at times.
Now that I have almost entirely went through my wardrobe and got rid of falling apart clothing or clothes I will never wear...I find an interest in fashion reawakened in me.
I joined up at stylefeeder ( http://www.stylefeeder.com/ ) so I could virtually shop without spending money. If I find something I like, I can add it to my stylefeed. It cuts out the "buy" part of, "Have item catch my eye, have the inner voice say "Ohhhhhh shiny", find it in my size, buy it".
Because I am on sitewide stylefeed, I see the trends since a lot of the users are 12-24 years of age. I get to groan at the thousands of awful suede 80s boots added to the feed each day or hundreds of crappy "plastic jewels glued to cell phone cases" that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are putting out on the shelves for tweens to buy. It's not annoying to see all this but interesting to me.
Another thing I notice on stylefeed is, young girls and women under the age of 25 think that showing lots of skin or dressing as a porn star is sexy. I cannot tell you how many sex shop type outfits get added there by teeagers who coo "Sexy!" about the item. I don't see this as a bad thing...just that when a woman is that young, she hasn't much idea of what sexy really is. They are just seeing "sexy" as whatever attracts a man's attention...be it good or bad attention. Basically, they confuse "he wants to have sex with me" with "I am sexy".
Thank goodness most of them grow out of that idea and it is always fun to see a young girl who catches on to the difference early in her young womanhood. I know I wore a lot of really borderline dominatrix type outfits in my Gothic life and it didn't make me a slut. I just had no idea of what sexy really was at that age. It's something that has to develop as you mature. You have to realize that a guy wanting to have sex with you does not make you sexy...men will pretty much have sex with anything that is scantily clad and female. That happens over time, this realization.
So, stylefeeder is an everyday stop for me just to see what is being added and what the younger girls are all squealing about. There are older women on that site as well so it is a weird mixture of people. It makes it a lot of fun.
I have been toying with some ideas for a themed blog but won't go into detail unless I do it. It is connected to the topic of this entry, fashion, and I am still trying to decide if I want to spend the time and effort that it would take. So, if I go ahead with my ideas, I will post about it here.
Off to listen to a "nightmusic" radio feed and check out some internet sites.