I have a confession to make.
I’m an un-hip sewing blogger.
Have you noticed?
Despite the “sewmccool” name, my style is pretty vanilla, Midwest Mom.
I avoid mom jeans and baggy tops and don’t go shopping in my sweatpants (most of the time)…
…though I won’t judge you if you do.
I just don’t feel hip.
First of all….
…I don’t have any tattoos.
…And I don’t have a cool retro hairstyle.
Actually, I don’t have a special something that’s readily identifiable as “That’s Deanna, of SewMcCool.”
Are bloggers and sewists more successful if they have a certain type of style?
Please don’t take this as me “judging” anyone’s style. I’m not. I admire bloggers and sewists with a special, personal look. A persona. An “it” thing.
It’s just that I don’t have one.
And it makes me wonder. Do I need a persona?
I added a pink streak to my hair last fall and my sister-in-law looked at me with a crinkled nose and said, “What did you do?”
(the streak was for breast cancer awareness, but I ditched it when October ended.)
I guess it wasn’t me.
What about a nose ring?
I can hear it now: “That’s Deanna, the sewing blogger with the nose ring!”
Sadly, my nose isn’t flattering enough for a nose ring. (Seriously, let’s just avoid focusing on that area.)
Maybe I should “go gray.”
No, not my hair (I’m not quite there yet).
But I’ve been seeing a lot of grays and neutrals on blogs lately.
It looks fresh and hip and clean.
However … I see enough gray out my window every winter.
I like bright colors.
I guess that’s not me, either.
Honestly, I have a long history of acknowledging my lack-of-hipness.
In college, I minored in art. Many of my classmates had dyed black hair and interesting piercings and wore lots of black eyeliner.
My style in class: No makeup, and I smelled vaguely like a food disposal, because I worked the lunch shift in the dish room of the dorm cafeteria….literally scooping leftovers into a disposal. I even had to ditch the latex gloves because they made my hands smell skunk-y.
(laugh if you want, but I’m totally not exaggerating. One time I was talking with a group of friends after lunch and my hands were clasped together. When I opened them to make a gesture….an odor wafted out even though I had washed them multiple times! A friend asked, “Why do I smell skunk all of a sudden?” I had no choice but to fess up, and never.ever.wear.latex.gloves.again.)
So…regarding my art-school classmates (who didn’t smell like disposals or skunks), I admired their boldness in their personal appearance, but….
…that wasn’t me either.
Nowadays, sometimes I get compliments on my clothes, but I still feel un-hip among sophisticates because I prefer bold colors and prints.
Hey, I’m short. I can get lost in this world!
(I had a boyfriend who didn’t admire my color choices and bought me a plain navy sweater and khaki pants to add some class to my wardrobe. He lives in New York City now, I’ve heard through the grapevine. He really is more hip than I am, since I’m still living in Indiana, right?)
On the other hand, a group of women at a sewing/blogging conference took a photo of me in September because they liked the dress I wore. I’m sure my smile was awkward.
I’ll admit that it did make me feel kind of good, though.
Maybe I was hip to them?
Do you ever feel unhip?
Do you think bloggers and sewists need a certain style, a certain vibe, to build their readership, following, or business?
Have you ever latched onto a style that’s not completely your own, just to fit in, or to make a statement?
What to do when hipness doesn’t come naturally?
Please share your thoughts.
I mean, I just told you about my skunk-y latex thing.
Throw an un-hip sewing blogger a bone.
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