I have always loved fashion. In the past two years, I have developed a love for Instagram, as well. In the past few months, I have become a bit unsettled because I fear that fashion and Instagram are inherently superficial. I feel a bit guilty for spending so much time planning outfits in my head and for enjoying looking at fashion bloggers’ beautiful and creative Instagram feeds.
Recently, I have decided to reject my guilty feelings. Fashion and Instagram may be superficial to some people, but almost everything people take pleasure from can be superficial in other people’s opinions. Planning my outfits, shoe shopping online, taking photoshoots, playing with Vsco filters, and looking through Instagram fashion blogs for outfit inspiration are all things that I enjoy. Because these are things that I enjoy, I am not going to worry about the fact that others might think they are superficial. Each individual has her own set of values, interests, hobbies, and pleasures. Our differences in personal taste should not be used as grounds to belittle others. Our differences in personal taste make the world beautiful and (for lack of a better adjective…) interesting.
I know now that I want fashion to forever play an important role in my life. As time goes on, using Instagram or my personal blog as a means of documenting my outfits may become outdated, and new forms of technology will take over. For now, I will focus on simply enjoying the many things that make me happy in life, and fashion and Instagram will be among them.