|Dress: Vintage, Thrifted; Shoes: Steve Madden Thrifted; Belt: Doncaster Tanner|
Today, Angie of Fashion Me Blog, had an interesting post about the affordability and consumerism of fashion. Laments Angie, ".It somehow bothers me that fashion equals consumerism. It shouldn't be like that...but how else should it be? I want to keep on blogging but I don't want to be on the lookout for the next thing to buy!!!" I get it! As I'm perusing my favorite fashion mags, I'm seeing so many adorable and beautiful items. It's difficult sometimes to reel yourself in. But fashion magazines and designers have a stake in constantly changing fashions and styles. What makes it acceptable for a longer skirt to be "current" one year only to be deemed a fashion faux pas the next?
Fashion is certainly about creativity; but let's be realistic. It's also very much about profit. Fashion absolutely should NOT equal consumerism. Personal style has nothing to do with how much or little money you spend. I love Karla's Kloset and Sea of Shoes with a passion. Seriously! It's like Fantasy Island visiting their blogs. EVERYTHING is just so beautiful! But I'm not going to spend a house payment on a pair of YSL shoes.
In fact, I would wager that the average woman in Average Town, USA is not willing to spend that either.
But does that mean we can't have beautiful and unique clothes also? I think not! This is another reason why I thrift AND love vintage clothing. I found that when I got all my clothes at an affordable department store; they were great, but I felt a bit like I was fashioned from a cookie cutter. If I can't really afford the really high priced well made designer duds, then I don't want just anything. I want to get the best quality, the most unique and lovely fabrics for the money I have to spend. If I can pick up a D&G dress for $50; then YEAH BUDDY! I'm all over it! But if I have to settle for something else; I want it to be special and unique.....because I believe that's how we all want to feel when we get dressed: SPECIAL AND UNIQUE!
For some fabulous thrifting tips, check out My Edit. She does a weekly feature called Thrift Thursdays and has some wonderful thrifting tips and guidelines. I also think that she combines thrifting, current and vintage clothing flawlessly!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
~must be the monay!!