To see ourselves...

O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
(O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.)

Robert Burns, Poem "To a Louse" - verse 8

Of course, Burns wasn't talking fashion but an article that I just read on the New York Times website brought the quote to mind. The article discusses interactive mirrors that show a projection of an outfit...for you to virtually try on...and, at the same time, have your friends (or strangers) online give their opinions.

On the one hand, this seems to be a natural progression from what is currently happening. Communities like StyleDiary...or blogs like The Sartorialist...allow us to view and comment on other people's style but, in that scenario, clothing that the person already owns is being discussed. With the virtual mirrors you could have dozens of diverse opinions being thrown at you while you try to decide on an item. Maybe it's the fact that I'm a "lone wolf" kind of shopper but this seems a little daunting. Having one friend's opinion while you shop is one thing, imagine having ten differing ones. Would you ever be able to make a decision?


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