|Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hopper|
"Fashion is more of an enemy," said Megan from Feathers & Freckles in an interview. This quote stuck in my head and banged around for a while. And while I'm not sure exactly what she meant, I'm going to go ahead and agree! Maybe fashion is the enemy of true style. Fashion is all about trends and consumption. While true personal style evolves, it is not a slave to trends. True personal style doesn't require hundreds of articles of clothing (said the girl with hundreds of articles of clothing (but she's working on it!))
I recently picked up Overdressed by Elizabeth Cline at Elliot Bay Bookstore. While I normally wait until I'm done reading a book to share it with you, I think I'm going to share passages that call to me as I go along this time. This one goes with the idea of fashion being the enemy:
"Many books about fashion begin with an argument for why we should take fashion seriously. I'm going to take a different approach and say that fashion largely deserves its bad reputation. It's a powerful, trillion dollar global industry that has too much influence over our pocketbooks, self-image, and storage spaces. It behaves with embarrassingly little regard for the environment or human rights. It changes the rules of what we're supposed to wear constantly, and we seem to have lost our sense of self along with changing trends...
... Clothes could have more meaning and longevity if we think less about owning the latest or cheapest thing and develop more of a relationship with the things we wear. Building a wardrobe over time, saving up and investing in well-made pieces, obsessing over the perfect hem, luxuriating in fabrics, and patching up and altering our clothes are old fashioned habits. But they're also deeply satisfying antidotes to the empty uniformity of cheapness. If most of us picked up the lost art of sewing or reconnected with the seamstresses and tailors in our communities, we could all be our own fashion designers and constantly reinvent, personalize, and perfect the things we own."
I just love what she said about saving up for great pieces and luxuriating in fabrics. This paragraph also makes me feel really good about the few items I've had altered! Maybe I'll even pick up my tiny sewing kit and get to replacing a few broken buttons...
- weather: sunny and warm
- location: suburb pond park
- top, old, approximate current cost per wear (accpw) $10
- shorts, old, accpw $3
- sandals, old, accpw $0.50
- yellow bag, ebay nwt, accpw $27
- Ethical Ensemble Evaluation: B (the bag brought down the average)
Thank you Hannah, Lisa, Kim, Mary, Mik, Sharon, Robin, Beth, Maiken, Teddi, Jacqueline, Triston, Nancy, Two Birds, Jessica, Renae, Thrifted or Scripted, Shea, and Maria for being thoughtful in addition to being so supportive and sweet about my last post. I'm going to bear hug you if we ever meet in person!
Also, head on over to Animated Cardigan for more interpretations of this great painting!