At some point


blisters from shoes, damaged hair from a heating appliance, restricted gate from tight skirts, incredibly painful burning when shampoo gets in your eyes? i've done 3 of these 4 examples and okay, that last one happened to me this week and it really hurt.

do you ever suffer for the sake of style?
how much is too much?
how much is okay?

14 comments:

La Primavera said...

No, I don't. I think the "you have to suffer for beauty" metaphora is rubbish. I believe in looking the most chic when you are completely comfortable.

Anonymous said...

I don't compromise comfort for style. If i'm not comfortable, it will be reflected in the way I carry myself and will diminish my style.

This philosophy took a while before being embraced, believe me!

xo

Sabina

editor said...

la primavera - no one has to suffer to achieve beauty, no, or at least, not my definition of beauty. some people may, unconciously be drawn to a "style" (not the same as "beauty") that requires them to compromise their comfort. that happens.
breaking in a pair of new doc martens (haven't done it in years) hurts. blowdrying your hair, if you are just no good at it, hurts your arms. there are many levels of discomfort that style might deliver.
for me, they have actually all been about attaining comfort, ironically enough. breaking in shoes, breaking in jeans. i guess nothing good comes pre-worn in. lol
i would say wincing while walking is not okay, that's going too far. but i've bought jeans, as i mentioned above, raw denim, and they were a p.i.a. until i got them broken in.
there is also suffering on a monetary level for some. many ways.

sabina - yes, i have reached a point where i have sworn a few things to myself, like i will never wear painful shoes again. i have a well-established (finally) built-in meter for when something is livable, so i can usually spare myself making a bad purchase, for the most part. it was all by trial and error though.

Iheartfashion said...

Yes, heels to me are never comfortable, unless they're a platform. I love the look of corsets, but they're not particularly comfortable either. And new stiff jeans, scratchy wool, lots of things. I wouldn't dream of going out of the house in complete comfort, ie sweatpants.

GenX Theorist said...

Gasp - toe shoes! When I was little I was once in a room where all the walls were covered in Toe Shoes. I think it was a museum dance exhibit or something...but I've always been obsessed with them!

Posture and comfort are key to exuding style...and sometimes personally I find that a tight pencil skirt and high heels are comfortable in the sense of giving me a sense of posture. But I would never wear anything that hurts. I hate seeing women hobbling along the street in heels that obviously are killing them. But I've also learned that, for my feet, there are many types of heels that don't hurt at all. But I'm lucky in the feet dept. :)

GenX Theorist said...

Oops, i said "sense" twice...

editor said...

^^i was put en pointe a bit prematurely, though i suppose the idea is to start them young.
anyhoo, what about things you do that do compromise your comfort? anyone? any small thing? everyone is just strolling around all comfy and relaxed? (lol, not that it would be a bad thing, but perhaps there is something you hadn't thought of before as compromising your comfort... a little exception you were making, etc. no?)

editor said...

iheartfashion - do you ever wear scratchy wool, stiff jeans, etc?

Carlene said...

Isn't that funny, I can't think of anything either. Oh, when I wear stockings (Oh, what the hell, I'll just say it out loud...pantyhose!...but only sheer black) to an "event," I hate them so much I will take them off immediately as soon as I get in the car (not while driving). They make me feel like a snausage. But I do wear them, sometimes, I like how they look.

(Also, not really in the category of "style," but, er, waxing. Ow.)

editor said...

^^hmmm, i think waxing counts. you choose to not feel like a prickly snausage. that is style-related.

Candid Cool said...

Breaking in shoes is definitely less than comfortable. I think I may have to start cheating & get them stretched at a shoe place.
-h

La Primavera said...

Good points!

Iheartfashion said...

I've spent all morning walking around in very uncomfortable shoes (not visibly grimacing, mind you; one can't let the pain show!) And yes, I do wear scratchy wool and stiff jeans on occasion, as well as Spanx under a full length gown. All uncomfortable, but vanity gets the better of me.

editor said...

iheartfashion - yes, if the pain shows, the jig is up.