I’ve been thinking a lot lately about style and how I present myself.
In the last few months, I’ve dyed pink streaks in my hair and gotten a tattoo in a very visible spot (my inner wrist). I don’t think either of these actions is that transgressive anymore, but I still considered possible—I don’t want to say consequences, but reactions, maybe? My family is fairly conservative, and while they weren’t vocally disapproving, they weren’t necessarily approving. I work at Catholic University, which has a certain image, and my boss is retiring at the end of the month, and we’re hiring a new director—what would his or her first impression of their new admin assistant be if I had a tattoo and pink hair? I decided it didn’t really matter to me, not more than the fact that my religious and political views differ from many of my coworkers’. How well I do my job is the point, and they’ll find out soon enough that I am smart and hardworking.
Somehow, this question of how I present myself got twined up in the question of internet privacy. A few of my friends have quit Facebook entirely. I blog and Tweet and use Facebook. I don’t feel that there’s a big gap between who I am professionally and who I am personally. I don’t post things I’m not comfortable sharing with the world at large. When I need to vent, I email my besties. Granted, there are a few pictures on Facebook where I’ve got a little drunkface going on, or am showing a rather ill-advised amount of cleavage, but—well, let she who hasn’t sinned in those areas throw the first stones, you know?
I feel like if you follow me online in any capacity, you have a pretty good sense of who I am. Mostly cheerful. Introspective. Anxious sometimes. Eager to help or cheerlead. Passionate about the things I love, which include books and theatre and my friends and cookies.
How would you describe your personal style? Do you think there’s a big difference in how you present yourself online and off?