February 21, 2018 New York
The Battle Of Comparison
Every year when fashion month (every September & February) comes around, there is a certain sense of anxiety that comes with it. Fashion weeks take a lot of planning, emailing and some serious hustle. You are responsible for letting every brand know you are attending, organizing all invites, scheduling your fittings, getting from point A to B to C in small time frames and the most important part – providing quality coverage for the shows and events you are attending. All of this can be a lot to deal with, but the most distracting thing of all is the comparison game that seems to come hand in hand at fashion weeks.
The comparison at fashion week is quite a natural thing that happens, it's almost unavoidable considering the circumstances you are in, which is why it's so important to be ready and learn how to deal with it! This time of year social media is even more heighten for me than usual, I'm constantly seeing what everyone is doing at all times within the industry and the comparison game can start to play with your head. You begin worrying about what invites someone else has that you don't, wondering if your outfits are even good enough, why you didn't get stopped by streetstyle photographers that day and worrying why you are seated in second row in stead of first for a particular show? The questions and worries start to pile up and they can really take over if you let them.
I have to admit, there was a part of me that use to think about all the above, especially when I was in my early years of running the blog. However, I felt like this year was one of my best seasons yet and I truly believe it's because I stopped comparing myself, instead I was confident in where I was and what I was accomplishing. I started focusing within and being the best version of myself I could be at fashion week. I started wearing exactly what I wanted to wear and not what I thought would grab attention, I paid attention to every show and the details of each piece coming down the runway. I took the little free time I did have and enjoyed good dinners with friends in the city. Lastly, I felt like I didn't need to attend every party I was invited to, avoiding unnecessary alcohol and instead I woke up with a clear head, ready for early morning shoots before my day started.
As soon as my attitude changed, my experience did. I was proud to see what my fellow blogger friends were accomplishing, myself included. I took a step back this season to slow it down a bit and work really hard creatively on the things that did excite me and that made all the difference.
Photography by: Erin Leydon