The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as Capital Sins or Capital Vices, are basically the mortal trespasses according to the Christian faith. This list has originated ages back in 4th century Egypt and had been modified several times by different Christian saints and popes. This ultimate list, though finalized by the Catholic Church, has been the subject of people's discussions and debates. I will not give you a biblical lesson with this post because I believe religion (and the religious stuff) is a very subjective matter. However, I would like to present you my *sartorial* take on the Seven Deadly Sins!
So here's my first one - Pride & Vanity!
I will not begin with a verse from the Bible - let's have this in a lighthearted manner, shall we?
"A high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc."
PRIDE AND VANITY. I chose to post pride before all the others because 1.) it is declared the Father of All Sins - it has been said to be the sin from which all others arise, and 2.) I think it's the most complex of all sins. Not only that pride can have entirely different connotations - both good and bad, it can also be sought in several different forms - there is pride, vanity, and false pride. Although usually thought as synonymous, there is a significant difference between vanity and pride. Pride refers to what we think of ourselves and vanity pertains to what we would like people to think of us. Unlike pride, vanity is always a negative attribute in the society's viewpoint; it is mostly seen as an excessive desire to be center of attention. On the other hand, the so-called "false pride" is basically posing yourself to others and even to yourself as something that you are actually not, it's like claiming something that you haven't really earned.
I have to admit, I am guilty of this pride-vanity-thing. Actually, we all are. But do we need to feel bad about experiencing a very natural human behavior? Not caring about what would people think sounds impossible. And being humble at all times is just so non-realistic. Why? Because pride and vanity come from us very involuntarily - more naturally than we'll ever know. By nature, we, humans, feel proud with what we feel our achievements and accomplishments in life. We were all born with a narcissistic identification. Trying to be meek all the time sounds very superficial and hypocritical to me. Pride/vanity is the most uncontrollable sin and that is probably one of the reasons why it's the root of all evil. I personally believe that pride isn't always a negative aspect. In fact, if we all did not have even a little pride, we wouldn't bother to look presentable to others or to even bathe. Without it, we will all be subservient and probably will remain that way forever. While humility is good, pride is the quality that keeps us, human, pushing and striving for betterment. When we think of ourselves with pride, it enhances our well-being. Moreover, anything that is overdone isn't healthy. Excessive pride/vanity/love for oneself - this is what opens the Pandora's box. We can be proud of ourselves and all without having to step on others and without having to associate it with hate towards other beings. And did you know? Excessive self love, a.k.a. narcissism, can be superbly annoying most of the time.
Here is my attempt in portraying pride & vanity. I tried to use as many symbolism as I can. Pride is usually associated with the color violet and dark shades of blue. Although peacock is the animal that is most commonly used for symbolizing pride and vanity, I used an owl instead as it embodies great intelligence and excellence. The crowns and trophies pretty much speak for themselves. The scattered cosmetics suggest vanity. I also wore my Anne Boleyn inspired necklace; if you know Anne Boleyn, you'll sure find it significant.
Anne Boleyn necklace from Duchessa
Studded crown earrings from Felicee
Owl cocktail ring
Mint dress | Splash blazer | Romwe tights | Chelsea shoes | Duchessa Anne Boleyn necklace | Felicee crown earrings | owl cocktail ring