In the beginning [being photographed for street style] was a little embarrassing. But sometimes now I think: ‘Oh, if I do not get photographed I will be miserable’, or ‘Oh my god, the outfit does not work any more.
Miserable is a pretty strong word, so we talked to a few professionals about the psychology behind street style and the ladies who chase it as an outlet of expression. Cooper Lawrence, who has a master’s degree in developmental psychology and is the author of The Cult of Celebrity: What our Fascination with the Stars Reveals About Us, offered some insight about why people seek out this type of attention in the first place. “It means you’re relevant,” she told us. “If you don’t see your own face you’re not ‘relevant’.”
Stuart Fischoff, Ph.D., who is the senior editor of the Journal of Media Psychology and a contributor at Psychology Today said, “People who get attention love it and don’t want to leave.” And there’s definitely a certain personality that needs this type of attention: the narcissist. Lawrence notes that the need for attention is the key to narcissism. “Someone who’s focused 100% on their appearance, they say, ‘I like to look good to feel good’, but it has more to do with how others perceive them,” she said. “If they’re photographed, they equate it with well-being.”
But what about surviving unscathed when you and your jaunty cherry fascinator are left on the curb?