Clearly, I own a full-length mirror.I was reading a very poignant and beautiful blog post written by Rita Arens a few weeks ago, and one of the (many) things that stood out to me about it was this paragraph:
I haven't had a full-length mirror in my bedroom since last summer. And I never go use my daughter's. So I actually don't know what I look like unless I catch my reflection in a store window, which only happens when I am fully clothed.
This statement surprised me, just as it has when I've heard many, many other woman make it over the years:
"I don't own a full-length mirror."
What about you?
Do you own a full-length mirror? If so, can you imagine living without one? If not, for the love of Gobstoppers, WHY?!
How can you stand THE NOT KNOWING?!
The reason that more than a few of my friends don't own a full-length mirror generally boils down to the fact that they don't really want to know what they look like from head to toe, because they're not happy with the state of things from the boobs down. Girlfriends, I totally get that.
I don't always like what I see when I look in my own full-length mirror, either ...
But y'all. That doesn't change the fact that it's what everyone else is seeing all day long.
I need to know what everyone else is seeing.
I need to know.
I also need to know if my shoes work with my outfit.
And I'm not alone here. Rachel from Donut Soup wrote just recently about the toll that not having a full-length mirror has taken on her own fashion choices:
Not having a reflective device is usually my excuse when I’m wearing something atrocious and I get to work and take a looksie and realize, OH DEAR LORD, I’m extremely uncomfortable now.
It's your life, of course.
However, if you don't own a full-length mirror, might I suggest that you head to your nearest Walmart and get one? They're under $10! And even if you don't have the capacity to hang one on the door yourself, you can always prop it against a wall somewhere.
It just kills me that there are women out there, friends of mine, even, who have no real idea of how they look from head to toe, EVEN THOUGH EVERYONE ELSE DOES.
When it comes to your body, friends, ignorance is not bliss.