THE WARDROBE REVOLVEMonday, May 09, 2016
My cropped flare love affair - if you will - is an undoubtedly reoccurring and very nearly, consist theme of this blog. It is most certainly distinct in the array of personal style posts featured - although varied in their denim they are not. The prominent re-wear of my favourite pair of jeans (The Topshop crop flare of dreams, to be exact) is in true, Lizzie McGuire 'You are an outfit repeater' form and, unapologetically so. But, should we, or rather, I, feel bad about rotating, or rather, downright re-wearing our clothing, especially when autonomously documenting such though the notoriety that is a fashion blog? Of course not but such open, honest reaction has not stopped myself from feeling guilty about my revolving jeans wear but instead, it has evoked a feeling that my clothing choices are rather worn-out and well, boring.
There is a reason for this repelling nature surrounding the showcased re-wear of clothing - as superficial as that may sound - sartorial repetition is a seemingly unspoken no-go in fashion blogger territory and, when considering the nature of styling posts - especially personal style - it is easy to see why. The fashion blogging corner of the industry depends on a constant stream of newness, so much so that the forever showcased appraisal of the upmost sought after items of the minute, let alone the quick-fire proliferation of short lived 'it garms' on the self-publishing fashion platform is one hard to ignore, and therefore, suppress. It is however, an idea that was ingrained long before the rise of the fashion blog. Instead, clothing repeats were sectioned to the fashion columns of a gossip magazine, normally highlighted in 'shock-horror' tone with albeit catchy but hyperbolic titles such as 'Look - Celebs Are Just Like Us' and featured paparazzi pictures which detailed accounts of celebrity favourites re-wearing an item, whether it be a shoe or even, a bag. Not only does this very idea ingrain the unrealistic and unhealthy idea that us, mere mortals re-wearing our clothing is a big fat sign of our normal, mundane place in the fashion game - one that is too ordinary and therefore, unimportant - the played up 'shock' at a second outing of not even an outfit, but a single item by an esteemed star is put forward in a way that suggests as if the very nature of clothing is not an enduring one. It is of course, utter bullshit, why on earth would you buy something if the purpose was to throw away after one use? I guess this idea that those existing in the unattainable, glittering world of fame revolving their wardrobe shows that they too, are just like 'us' could be interpreted as meant in a comforting, grounding way but still, the case stands.
In the fast fashion market that dominates, we are infiltrated daily by newness, it is an inescapable prominence and ultimately, one hard not to indulge in, even if for a little. But, a little can go a much longer way than a lot, if you know how to shop with a sustainable, focused mind afoot, that is. Even so, I myself am often caught feeling panicked and stressed at the 'stale' state of my current sartorial affairs, WHERE is the new? I think in horror at the items inhabiting my wardrobe, filled with well-worns of course but also, whim buys which seep no substance or flair - a common theme with fast fashion buys. The stigma surrounding re-wearing in my mind is met with reactions that label the affair boring and unimaginative. Fashion of course has always thrived on the new but in the such fast paced speed of today, the rate at which fashion is emerges is not sustainable and in my experience, often leaves you feeling empty. Instead, for me, fashion is best when items are cherished and in such case, the value of said items is to increased. It makes a great case for buying designer, at least. But there are easier and more cost-effective ways of doing it. I am often left trawling the new in pages of my favourite retailers searching for some glimmer of inspiration within an overly saturated market. But, surprisingly, or rather not so considering it's more independent and therefore, more organic commercialisation, it is Depop and vintage which truly fills me with wonder, constantly delivering garment treasure. However, maybe it is partly the lure, the adrenaline that comes with the feeling of owning something unique that makes vintage and pre-owned seem so special and esteemed in comparison to this throwaway mentality of today.
My favourite jeans, the reworns in question are second-hand in all of their Depop bought glory due to a lengthy tracking down after their selling out on Topshop. It is not often I want an item with such strength and dedication and, maybe it just was fashion fate - the jeans were the only pair I could find that were being sold and they just happened to be in my exact size. Since purchase, the denim jeans have definitely been my most worn item, as documented in truth on this personal blog of mine and, isn't that the point? There should be no shame in it, I feel, a good pair of jeans can make any outfit for sure, and such garment is the basis on which I form an ever growing variety of outfits. If I paraded an entirely new outfit on this blog every week, it wouldn't be truthful or honest, nor would it be sustainable. A good jean can go a long way, serve you well and isn't cost per wear just as important as your sartorial afflictions? It should be, and I wish it was an easier practice to emulate.
Ethical, sustainable fashion is the upmost of important topics within the industry and while I would love to dress entirely in brands which follow this practice (or even better, high street brands endorsing this entirely) many of such are just largely unaffordable for your average 18 year old. Of course there are always cheaper options as mentioned before - pre-owned, vintage and charity shops, not forgetting much loved brands such as Reformation (a brand I wish had a UK presence), all of which, except the latter, I apply - especially the vintage. However, getting the wear out of your clothing is another more accessible way to environmental (and purse-friendly) fashion. What is even the point of purchase if you do not show love to your garments? The love for my well worns grows daily and just because an item is continually repeated does not render my outfits the same, or that such is shameful. In such fast paced times, it is almost a rarity to find such a perfect item that you never want to leave your skin. Thus, rightly so that it should be celebrated and, I will not feel guilty, boring or a 'bad blogger' for parading my perfect pair of jeans on this blog of mine, as it is mine and such is therefore, a true depiction.
But, of course, the current state of fashion is not all bad. I find you just need to know where to look and perhaps, most importantly - check that you are buying for you - for what inspires you, and not for any other purpose: to gain popularity maybe or to be seen as relatable because that will just leave you feeling empty, if such reasons are not honest. In the commercialised society we live in today, with advertising persuading us that we need the next new thing, it is hard not to be fooled into believing the hype and, it is equally as hard to distinguish between your appetite and the one you are being sold. I am not going to feed you all of that overused 'do not fit in, standout' bullshit because honestly, each to their own, but I guess that is kind of the point. Whatever you like, whether it truly be the most popular pieces of the moment, or a little of the aforementioned and whatever else takes your fancy, then revel in it. In fashion, especially in today's over-saturated digitalised world, personality is just what fashion needs. Individuality is what personal style is all about and what it should thrive on, it is after all, what should be at the very core of a personal fashion blog. So, if you adore a certain garment - in my case, the well mentioned Topshop jeans - wear the hell out of them, there is nothing greater than doing so, you will not only feel great and look great but the environment will be greater for it too. Cost-per-wear is not only an added bonus that will make your bank balance thank you, more wear equals less waste and sartorial sustainability is increased, especially so if said item was preowned or vintage. But still if you grow tired of you items, dispose and declutter by selling or donating, do not waste. Or get creative and chop and change, there are so many ways and no rules, fashion after all, is best when it is authentically inspired. Do not feel guilty about your wardrobe revolve, re-wearing really should should be celebrated, aside from the obvious environmental gains, finding new ways to elevate your garments is a refreshing way to rejuvenate your worn-out wardrobe, the same jeans reworked need't be boring or, a fashion blogger sin.