Growing up my fashion style was quite questionable. I didn’t notice at the time, though – when I was a kid, your choice of shirt didn’t necessarily mean all that much, so long as you were clean. This was mostly down to not being a rich family, but also because the ’90s were full of ghastly clothes. Matching tracksuits, floor length skirts, see-through chiffon, black black black, lurid prints… and all mixed up together. It wasn’t pretty. Now that they’re over, today I say that being poor doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to look atrocious!
‘Fashion’ has never had a big impact on my life, due to both an enjoyment of being warm and comfortable above stylish, and a lack of funds. My style choices come mostly from necessity (I no longer have any pants) price, and also of course[!] what the clothes look like. I like simple, well-cut, clean looking clothes. I don’t own many outfits (though following pictures make it look otherwise…) but what I do have, I love, because I shop rarely. If funds are low, don’t shop often, buy things when they’re on sale, and never buy something unless you absolutely love it. I also have a rule that says I absolutely will never spend more than $100 on an item. This has held true except for 1 pair of jeans (that lasted 5 years through lots and lots of wear, and were the best ever) and a tailor made dress for my 21st. I once bought an amazing shirt that cost $150, but plagued by guilt over its price and that I really had nothing to wear with it I took it back the next day for a full refund and haven’t felt bad about it since. Shopping rarely means that the clothes you do have are thought out, good choices, (though randomly coming across something great happens often) that you will look after properly. You save money not shopping every week which means you can spend the extra on the great thing.
Clothes don’t have to cost over 100 bucks to be good. Clothes also don’t have to be a big brand name to be good. They just have to suit you in colour and cut and be looked after to look awesome, and that means they can come from anywhere.
Here are my Top 10 Favourite Things In My Wardrobe:
I am not going to talk about the fashion or advertising industries on this post. I choose clothes not because of magazines, nor models, nor actors, nor brands. I choose clothes that catch my eye, that I feel comfortable in, seem well-made, and that make me happy in that well-dressed kind of way. I do believe that your choice of clothes can be separate from a Paris runway, while also noting that what filters into the stores comes originally from those places. While the advertising industries has it’s evils, demonizing an enjoyment of your clothes is not necessary. I have never paid much attention to trends, but those who do aren’t worse than me. This is just a post for fun!
Exception of the birthday dress, all of the above clothes were below $80 and bought months (and months) apart. Some were from op-shops, some were from sales, some from cheaper stores, some from more expensive, some from dress boutiques, some hand made, some hand-me-downs… and all that I could afford. A versatile wardrobe is a cheaper wardrobe. You don’t need to empty your bank account to have clothes. Now, if only I was really rich then I could have a proper, full blown style…
This was inspired by Laugraeva, who posted a great ‘5 Least Favourite Things In My Wardrobe’. I was originally going to have the same post idea but I recycle clothes once I am done with them too often! All I had was one pair of ugly white shorts that make me look like an explorer / 40 year old mother.
What are your favourite and least favourite outfits or eras?