I love my Facebook followers! This week I posted a photo of my empire line dresses on all social media, including my Twitter account. On the whole the response was really positive, but I did get this comment on Twitter:
#OMG Who would wear this? #oldschool. This threw me temporarily and my confidence was knocked.
There was me, thinking that my empire line dresses were a great design! I love an empire line – it hides a multitude of sins. I’m also not a follower of fashion. I think, especially when you reach a certain age, that you discover shapes and styles that suit your shape and you stick to them.
As a designer however, I do keep an eye out for what is in vogue and sometimes get inspiration from this.
I was pleased with my empire line dress, and how it made me look, and I don’t particularly care if this is ‘old school’. I like the shape and design!
I have issue with this person’s comment on another level too.
Selling my woolly wares both on the internet and at markets I sometimes come across other’s work that isn’t to my liking or taste.
However, I would never, ever, comment that I didn’t like it. I would never be so rude! That person has put love and care into what they make and quite frankly it is hurtful. Why would you want to go out to hurt someone’s feelings?
When I shared this tweet with my lovely family of Facebook followers, the response was overwhelming. Here are a few of the many supportive comments I received:
- Does old school mean not in fashion/not on trend? If so then your critic needs to go look in the highstreet shops…….this design is “Bang on trend”.
- If I see and like something, then I an comment, if not, I just let it be. It´s very rude to lessen someone else´s work. For sure every taste is different, but that doesn´t mean that the other one´s is better or worse…just different! And I love your “old school” dresses
- How rude! I love your work and am looking forward to treating myself to a piece soon. I say ‘treat’ because it will be a treat to have something hand made and one of a kind in the mass produced soul-less ‘fashion’ world.
- There are many many shops my folks won’t go into because they’re ‘too young’. Not saying these are ‘old school’, just playing devils advocate here, as there’s a huge market that struggle to find clothing they like and doesn’t make them look like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ or ‘trying to look young’ in my folks words! Keep up the good work!! Xx
- Empire line dresses are very flattering on ladies with a lovely, full, pert bust!!! Obviously the person who does not like your dresses must not have a great, womanly figure like us!! She can stick to her “new look, top shop” etc who just sell racks and racks of the same boring thing!!! You go girl!!
- Well, I’m wearing one, and have had nothing but admiring comments from everyone. xx
Although the negative comment threw me for a bit, the support I received was awesome! I will continue to make my ‘old school’ designs, happy in the knowledge that many do appreciate them. Thank you Facebook followers!