Archive for May, 2009

Chuck’s gonna make me start “Pushing Daisies.”

I used to hate television. By “hate television,” I mean I was addicted to it as a child and then cut it out of my life cold turkey, leaving me bitter about what television made me miss in life. Lately, however, the one person who could ever possibly get me back into television did, my boyfriend. There were two shows that he just had to have me watch because he thought I would love the storyline and cinematography, seeing as how he knew how much of a sucker I was for a good DP. The show that I would consider effected me the most was the show “Pushing Daisies.”

The show is designed in a very “Seuss-esque” setting scheme. Vibrant, in your face colors followed by uniquely designed clothing, furniture, and food. I wished I could live in such an aesthetically pleasing environment, you know, without the weekly murders. What I didn’t notice was that Pushing Daisies was starting to overflow into my everyday life.

Less than two weeks ago, after an episode of Pushing Daisies, I decided to don an unlikely attire consisting of a cream Cloe hat, yellow flowing blouse, and green flared pants. Being well known as the girl who swears by dark earth tones and jeans, the first words out of my boyfriend’s mouth was “you know, that looks just like the outfit Chuck wore last night on Pushing Daisies.” After more and more denial, my boyfriend resorted to actually finding the clip and proving me wrong. If I just turned my pants into a skirt, my outfit was a dead ringer.

I usually considered my sudden change of what I usually wear as a product of me being spontaneous. I never thought that my random decision to change a hairstyle or kind of outfit to be a result of what I saw on television. It started to make me think that maybe all my sudden changes were just an unconscious need to be what I saw in some sort of visual media, whether it be in the magazines I see at the super market or this utterly addicting show, Pushing Daisies. When looking through journals, I found out that I wasn’t the only one who thought they were unaffectedly trying on new styles of clothing. Hunt and Miller suggest that “identified patterns in how dress is used in identity embracing and distancing can be incorporated into broad theoretical frameworks (Hunt and Miller, 1997).” I fell in love with this television show, and now I started to mimic what I was watching because I felt like I wanted to be in that wonderland.

So what could I possibly do to counteract the effects of my passivity and susceptibility to mimic what I see on television? Seeing as how I don’t really consider this problem to be too terrible, I guess I could make sure to use those colors and tones as more of a starting point to what kind of outfit I would like to wear instead of absentmindedly copying whatever I see. I could take pointers from what I watch to look out for in the future to add to an outfit, not completely steal the outfit for myself. Next time, I’ll just half it into two separate outfits and play it off like I’m incredibly fashion forward…but let’s just keep that between you and me.

Miller, K., Hunt, S. (1997) Cultures, Identities, and Dress: A Renewed Sociological Interest. Sociological Inquiry, 67(3). Retrieved May 3rd, 2009, from Academic Search Premier.

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