Putting your best ____ forward
i never understand when shoe stores have low one foot tall mirrors on the floor that reflect how a shoe looks on a leg from mid-calf down. i can look at a shoe on a shelf and have enough imagination to envision it on a foot. what i want to see is how it makes me look, how i stand, what the whole picture is.
with clothing, i only try it on after it has passed certain aesthetic requirements on the hanger, so the reflection then is about how it makes me look. my face (a top, primarily the color), waist (top, bottom), derrière (bottom), legs (bottom) look. if i buy it, i must have concluded that it was all good. one happy picture to commemorate someone's birthday or a trip, family gathering, etc. can disavow me of that misconception once in a while. i guess i didn't look closely enough in the dressing room. or in the right place. or with the right critical eye.
what do you check for in your reflection when purchasing?
photograph: chuck close