It's one of the more discouraging things that comes along with being a fashion trendsetter - dealing with people who just don't get fashion.
When I was working on the article about What to Wear to Class, I realized that some people are extremely judgmental about the topic, to the point of ridiculing others who don't dress the way they do.
Unless you live in a big city or another fabulous area that's full of diversity, it's likely that you'll encounter people that don't understand the things you wear, or who criticize your fashion choices.
Here are some tips on how to deal with this negativity while staying fabulous and true to yourself.
Always be confident in your fashion choices.
Wear things that you love, and make sure you KNOW that you look fabulous at all times. Make sure you love what you see when you look in the mirror. This sets you up with a basis of confidence that will help you combat any negativity.
If you know deep down that you look great, then criticisms won't get to you. If you're doubting yourself on some level, any little criticism will shake you up. Don't let that happen!
Realize that it's not about you, it's about them.
It sounds cliche, but it's true. People who hate on your outfit are just reacting out of fear, because they don't know how to deal with people who don't follow the crowd. Also, it's likely that they don't understand fashion nor the idea of self-expression through clothing.
At the end of the day, though, that's their problem, not yours! Just because one person doesn't get your style, it doesn't mean others won't. And is their opinion really important anyway? I say no, and you should too.
Ignore it & forget it.
Even if it's hard to do, don't let any of their comments into your head, and definitely don't let them into your memory! If you love a fabulous vintage dress, for example, and you feel great in it, then whatever anyone else has to say is irrelevant and not worth your attention.
Negative attention is better than no attention.
Celebrities say it all the time - any press is good press! It's really true in this case. If you're fabulous enough to cause a stir with someone, you can bet that you stand out in a crowd. That's a great thing! Would you rather blend in to the background? In fashion, it's always better to be noticed for your look than ignored completely.
Keep doing your thing.
When someone has something negative to say, don't allow it to make you change what you're wearing. If you like how you are, stay true to that, in fact, you might want to go even further away from their idea of how you should dress.
Choose your company carefully.
If one of your friends is constantly hating on your quirky clothing choices or making you feel bad about being yourself, I think you need to re-evaluate your friendship! Surround yourself with people who love and support you - they'll like you for who you are, and won't put you down.
For more reasons to ignore fashion haters and keep doing your thing, see 25 reasons why you should dress up every day.
How do you deal with people who don't get fashion, or who are judgmental about your outfits? Let me know your tips for keeping the haters at bay in the comments.