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what I wore wednesday — #1

October 5, 2011

To begin, I’d like to let each and every one of you know that I am more than a little mortified by this post.

To be clear, I am not mortified to be connected — however distantly — to the talented Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy or to the scores of stylish bloggers who participate in the What I Wore Wednesday project.  This movement, a challenge to yoga-pants-and-sweatshirt-clad women to put more effort into their ensembles, has succeeded admirably at pulling together disparate women from all corners of the web in the name of cute outfits.

I, for one, have been obsessively reading WIWW posts for at least a year.  I’m one of the nosiest people I know, so the invitation to peek into the wardrobes of strangers is overwhelmingly tempting.  I also love fashion.  I love that it is an expression of creativity accessible to anyone, a point emphasized by the thrift-and-vintage-heavy WIWW crowd.  Suffice it to say that I look forward to five a.m. Wednesday mornings when I, coffee cup in hand and face alight in the glow of my laptop, surf through the outfits of a gaggle of female bloggers.

Never in fourteen million years, though, did I think I would share a photo of my own.

The reasons for this?

1). As much as I love clothes, I am neither a seamstress, nor a designer, nor a fashion blogger.  I’ve never thought I had much to add to the WIWW conversation.

2). I hate having my picture taken.  Really.  I hate, hate, hate having my picture taken.

3). As in a few other areas of my life, I have been infinitely more comfortable lurking in the background of the WIWW project rather than participating in it.  I’ve been a happy spectator.

So, I never even considered linking up…  until last week.

That’s when Megan from SortaCrunchy posted her first WIWW photo, expressing her anxiety throughout.  When I offered kudos for her courage, she came back with a gentle challenge to link up along with her.

I considered the idea for a while.  If Chasing Maybes is about staring down my assumptions, pushing myself beyond the comfortable, and opening up to possibilities, what excuse could I offer for not joining in?  It’s just a photo, after all.

So, here goes nothing.

Red jeans -- Goodwill, t-shirt -- Target, wedges -- Toms, necklace -- NY&Co, awkward pose -- all mine, baby

In the interest of thinking small, I offer but one picture.  Doubtless, I offer you the grainiest photo and the most awkward pose of the lot (what exactly is my leg doing?  is it trying to make a hasty exit from this abysmal cameraphone picture?  where does it think it is going, anyway?).

This outfit felt a lot cuter when I was wearing it than it actually appears, but perhaps that is another purpose of the WIWW project.  It forces us to ask some hard questions, like “How does the world see me?” and “How do I see myself?” and “Why is my arm bent at that unnatural angle?” 

I’m new to all this, but I’ll venture that an overarching purpose of WIWW is to have fun.  To connect.  To lighten the hell up, already.  I need all of these, and if one price of their fulfillment is a grainy photo of me in my bathroom, I’m game.  Sign me up (but I might need to reevaluate my photography methods before next Wednesday).

Today, I hope you see yourself through the eyes of another and smile.  Thanks — always — for showing up.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2011 8:35 am

    I love those red pants! It’s fun, huh? It really helps develop your sense of style and maybe give some confidence too!

  2. October 5, 2011 9:05 am

    YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY! As I put together my post, I wondered if you were really going to do it this week. And you did it!! I am so proud of you, mama!

    Why on earth you hate having your picture taken is beyond me. Look at you – cute as a BUTTON. I cannot believe you scored the red jeans at your Goodwill. All we have our Goodwill is Mom Jeans and LOTS of them. What a find!

    You are so right about the chance to see yourself as others see you. I felt a lot cuter than I think I looked in last week’s outfit. One thing, of course, that the camera can never capture is your energy and movement. Putting a little thought into what I am wearing does add some energy and I think that translates into how others see me.

    Also – ” To lighten the hell up, already” That’s probably been my biggest take-away in this. Just lighten up about it.

    I’m proud of you, Anne!

    • October 5, 2011 1:03 pm

      Hey Megan! You are too kind. I can always spot the fear in my eyes when I see photos of myself, but hoping this project will alleviate that a bit :). Yes, the red jeans were a huge score at my former Goodwill in North Carolina. Trust me — they were nestled among many a mom jean, but stood out from the herd because of their color. Thanks so much for the inspiration, as always!

  3. October 5, 2011 1:43 pm

    Super cute pants! Great Goodwill find! Don’t be nervous…you look great!

  4. October 5, 2011 5:09 pm

    i can’t believe you got those red pants at Goodwill!! That is amazing! They are so darling!
    Great blog! Stopping by from pleated poppy


    • October 5, 2011 9:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Cami. Yes, the red jeans were a rare gem at Goodwill — I must have hit it on a good day :). Thanks for visiting!

  5. Lucy Falk permalink
    October 5, 2011 8:53 pm

    I think this is a good photo of you 🙂

  6. October 5, 2011 11:46 pm

    The red pants are a win! I started linking up a few weeks ago – never thought I would participate in something like WIWW, but I totally agree – it’s interesting to see how we REALLY look in our clothes, isn’t it? It’s helping me discover my personal style – which is so fun.

    • October 6, 2011 7:03 am

      thank you, cami! yes, i think participating in this project is going to be really eye-opening for me… I am so looking forward to continuing!

  7. October 6, 2011 9:30 pm

    I love it. I think you look great. I have only been doing WIWW for three weeks, but I have found that I already look more put-together, which makes me feel more confident. I hope that you keep doing WIWW- I look forward to seeing your looks! 😀

    • October 6, 2011 10:28 pm

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, Katie. I plan to continue — nerve-wracking as it is — and look forward to gaining confidence in the process! 🙂

  8. October 7, 2011 11:59 am

    Hey there. I’m new to this too…this was my second week. And I totally agree with you about how hard and awkward it is!! I’m really struggling with it. Nice to find someone else who is too.

    Those red jeans are from Goodwill? But I just read on someone else’s WIWW post that red jeans are all the rage RIGHT NOW! {sigh} Whenever I shop at Goodwill, I end up looking like a homeless person. I never find the cute stuff. As if I would know cute.

    Well here’s to growth and new possibilities, eh?

    • October 7, 2011 4:42 pm

      Thanks so much for the laugh today :). Congrats to you, too, for embarking on the WIWW journey. It is so helpful to know that I am not the only one struggling. I promise to hang in there if you do, though!

  9. Kris McL. permalink
    October 9, 2011 12:32 pm

    …and I continue to adore you. Anne the red pants are de rigueur as well!!! You fashion maven! 🙂

  10. October 11, 2011 11:43 am

    Wet Seal, Wet Seal, Wet Seal!!!! Really not one piece from me? I gave you your style and now I’m just thrown away….

    • October 12, 2011 6:06 am

      Hi again, Wet Seal. As much as I hate to get your hopes up, I do feel compelled to tell you that I ran across you at a mall here last week. Didn’t go inside — I’m not ready — but did admire your window display…

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