Since England in celebrating the Queen, I thought I would take this post out of the drawer and share it with you all.
In the last couple of years I have been learning about projections, as used in the field of psychology. What does that mean? Here is the definition:
- The attribution of one's own attitudes, feelings, or suppositions to others: "Even trained anthropologists have been guilty of unconscious projection-of clothing the subjects of their research in theories brought with them into the field" (Alex Shoumatoff).
- The attribution of one's own attitudes, feelings, or desires to someone or something as a naive or unconscious defense against anxiety or guilt.
In other words, when we look at someone and we judge him/her or make assumptions, we are really just recognizing something that we are:
a. capable of;
b. judging ourselves for/as;
c. not accepting about ourselves.
So, little did I know that this could also apply to the realm of fashion. How? Well let me explain (serious academic tone here):
I've been getting increasingly annoyed by all the attention that Kate Middleton has been getting since the wedding (I know, it's been a while, I know, I know). Yes, the wedding dress was beautiful (McQueen after all), yes she is pretty... but no, if you ask me, she is NO fashion icon.
I was getting frustrated with people defining her as elegant, fashionable, stylish... to me she is just as bland as bland can be. I kept seeing pictures of her and Pippa, and just yawn. Wow, how groundbreaking, matching boots and bag, a red coat, nude pumps, shift dresses...desperately needing an espresso stat.. falling asleep here.
Soooo, how does this relate to the whole projection thing? Well, I was minding my own business the other day when I had a revelation. All of a sudden, I realized that last year, when I went to my bff's wedding, I wore a VERY KateMiddleton's outfit. OMG!!! Navy blue shift dress, nude platform peep-toe pumps, little cream purse, pearl necklace, a cute blue and beige coat... the only thing missing was... a fascinator!!!! (Yes, I even wore nude stockings... cringing.. but hey, it was COLD!!).
So yes, here it is, the truth. I am just like Kate Middleton. I play it safe, I wear classics, I am not huge on accessories, I'm not a trendsetter... and judging her is "a naive or unconscious defense against anxiety or guilt". The anxiety of being "as bland as bland can be."
Now tell me, what is YOUR fashion projection? : P
Baci e a presto,