My followers over on Instagram will have noticed that I am appearing in my feed a lot more these days.
In the past, I have avoided being in front of the camera lens at all costs, and it does feel somewhat narcissistic to deliberately take photos of myself!
However, there is a method behind this madness…here are five reasons why I am now jumping onto the outfit/selfie band wagon…
I have declared 2015 the year to dress up, so I am using social media to document my outfits, to prove I am doing what I said I would do…and I am loving it.
In fact, I am experiencing a weird side effect…I am now starting to plan what I am going to wear the night before!
Anyone else experienced this?
2. Zinc Style
I have been so lucky to discover fabulous vintage shops such as Frocks and Slacks, Minettes Vintage, and Once More with Feeling, and now own some amazing outfits that only a few years ago I never would have dreamed of wearing.
But now I am developing my very own style….Zinc Style…by combining vintage and op shop finds with modern pieces…and belts…I have discovered the wonder of the cinched waist belt!
I have never been interested in fashion or styling, but that has changed now I know how a good outfit that fits well can work wonders in how you feel!
And I am sharing my journey through these outfit images, so others can see what is possible!
I have discovered another side effect of making an effort to dress well…it can make you feel like a film star!
I am definitely not model material, let alone a film star…I am too short and and my front teeth are too big and stick out.
But when I put an outfit on that looks fabulous, it means I feel fabulous…any compliments received just makes it even better!
4. Getting better with age
Like a good wine, I feel I have got better with age…I have finally found my look…my style.
And I finally have got my health somewhat back on track which means I have lost the extra weight, and feel more human again….I am comfortable in this body once more.
So I want to show that just because I have passed the big 40, doesn’t mean things need to deteriorate into old age.
I have even started to be brave and wear a short skirt….horror….
5. To Exist
Yep, sometimes it is as simple as that!
For many years, you would be hard pressed to find any images of me….it is almost like I didn’t exist for those years.
Now I am getting more comfortable being in front of the camera…I now have control over how I look.
Doesn’t matter that in the future, no one will interested in seeing me in all these images…for now, I am glad to prove in living colour that I am alive and well!
To follow my #dressup2015 challenge, pop over onto Instagram and find me @zincmoon…and all are welcome to join in!
Lets dress up 2015!
I also think sometimes I do not exist in my own history.
It is a rather strange feeling isn’t it!
Loving being a part of your self style discovery Zinc Moon! Keep it up x
Thanks Amy! xx
I often feel quite ridiculous taking outfit selfies & then I ask myself some questions. Do I LOVE seeing everyone else OOTD? Yes. Do I get heaps of inspiration? Yep. Do I look at the other people taking IG outfit selfies and think they are narcissistic twats? Nope – not in the least. Love your outfits and having been loving getting my #Dressup2015 on!
Thanks Robyna! I still feel awkward taking outfit selfies, but I am learning what poses work for me! And thank you so much for taking part in #dressup2015…I love seeing your outfits!
You look fab! I love your purple skirt 🙂
I have also been taking some #everydaystyle pics – it’s fun!
Thanks Carly! I never thought I would find choosing outfits fun, but I am! It’s becoming my favourite part of the day! 🙂
It’s been a treat watching you find your style, Sarah. x
Thanks Bron! xx
Love this! I did a couple of selfie series last year and they really boosted my confidence too. It’s also a nice self care practice to dress how you want and feel good.
Thanks Lila! I never knew how much a fabulous outfit can make you feel confident and powerful…it’s quite amazing…and I can highly recommend it! 🙂
What a fantastic idea and you look wonderful-good on you 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
So wonderful! Dressing up really does make a difference. And belts! How did I make it this far into adulthood without knowing how to properly wear a belt? Thanks for inspiring us all. I want to join in but it is like -3000000 degrees where I live. But I promise once the weather warms up you’ll be like oh you again 😉
Thanks! I am the same with belts…I can’t believe I never knew how useful a waist belt can be. Now I have to admit that I have developed a bit of an addiction to them! Look forward to seeing your outfit selfies soon…sounds awfully cold where you live! 🙂
Sonia from Sonia Styling
I for one am so glad to see more of you in your Instagram feed! I love all of your reasons for doing it and – for the record – you have great pins. Style on, sister! x
What a lovely compliment – thanks Sonia! You are an inspiration for this newbie still on her fashion L plates! 🙂 xx
yep! to exist! very important! not int the sense that you don’t exist if you’re not in the photos, but it’s important, I reckon to have evidence. I think mums in particular fall into the trap of snapping the kids but never being in the frame. I don’t love having my photo taken, but I think it’s important that my kids see me in the photos too! x
That is so true Kate! Looking back through our holiday photos from past years, I only appear in a couple. Determined to change that now, even though we don’t have kids. It is strangely comforting to know there is some visual history of me, even though I prefer to be behind the camera! xx
Love all those reasons! They mirror my own – I started participating in #everydaystyle last September and more than anything else, I like that it just makes me think about what I’m wearing. Now, even if I’m not going to get a photo that day, I actually think about my clothes! WOW! Love your pics.
Thanks Emily! I never put much thought into what I wore till now, and it is actually quite fun! Perhaps you might also be interested in joining in my #dressup2015 challenge as well?
De La Vida Spain
I think I have felt largely that same for many years. Its bad not too have taken photos with me in them… when I look back its almost like a big part of life just didn’t exist. I am trying to do more of it, especially now we are travelling and for the fact that I have had the time to spend time on me. LOVE your style, and enjoy watching your different vintage fashions that you post. You have a great range of shoes!… Carrie would be envious. 😉
Thank you!xx Haven’t quite got the shoe wardrobe of Carrie, but I am slightly embarrassed to admit I have quite a few pairs now. I have a bit of a thing for shoes and handbag…a girl can never have too many…right? 🙂