Facebook fashion: Let your personality rule your vanity
Kimberley Foster writes...
By far the best thing I've read today is in Hadley Freeman's column ('Ask Hadley') for the Guardian, where one reader wrote in regarding her "fashion crisis" over what to wear in her profile picture on Facebook. Was she better off flaunting her love of fashion or playing it down?
Honestly... if that's the biggest style crisis I was ever to face in my daily life then I'd be a pretty happy chappy.
Personally, I'm more scared of who will find me on Facebook (ex-school mates, ex-boyfriends, basically all ex's) than what I'm wearing in my profile pic. Sure, I'd prefer to look relatively decent, just in case any of those ex's were to start lurking around, but really it's only your friends who will be seeing it, so what's the big deal?
As Hadley points out, being the fairer sex, we like to be admired but this should probably rule out any Playboy style bikini shots. Being overly vain is neither admirable or particularly pretty. Having said that, the mates who are on your Facebook network, would probably appreciate seeing a bit of what lies beneath (i.e. personality and not skin) rather than those "professional" photos you had taken when you were 17. You know, the ones that were airbrushed to within an inch of their life and usually involved soft-focus and a fan for that wind-swept look.
Although, I'll be the first to admit that for a while my profile picture was, what I refer to as my "author" photo, e.g. black and white, hazy, cropped head shot - my point is, that if you're into fashion then there's no reason why you can't show off that side of your personality.
Whatever you do don't be too precious about this. I've lost count of the amount of times my friends have tagged me in their photos looking a little worse for wear, usually with a wine glass in hand (oops!) Only thankfully none have been quite this bad... But that's just me - and my friends love me for it!
Kimberley Foster is the editor of Catwalk Queen, she doesn't care what anyone thinks of her Facebook profile picture, except her mum.