There’s a nagging pressure in the fashion industry to have the latest and greatest in order to be relevant. After seeing countless style bloggers wear new clothes on a daily basis, I began to think that’s what I needed to do in order to be relevant. Working in the fashion industry, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people groan at designs from previous seasons. “Why would you wear that? It’s from last season.” I’d like to say it didn’t get to me, but it did. Until I looked at my bank account and realized buying new clothing weekly wasn’t realistic.
Instead of resenting Karl Lagerfeld, his cat, and all the Chanel espadrilles I couldn’t afford, I remembered what made me fall in love with developing personal style in the first place. At twelve years old, I didn’t have the power of decision making, let alone resources to buy my own clothes. But with some clever styling, I made the clothes I did have into pieces I could love and my friends would want to wear.
I no longer want to be restricted to fast fashion pieces that fall apart two washes later and my budget is far from unlimited. But I’ve started to buy well-made pieces with quality materials I know will last. And sometimes that means buying designer pieces two seasons late because they appeal to my own personal style and my budget. That also means that I wear those pieces again… and again. So get ready to see some old friends in new blog posts. I just cleaned out my closet and they’re back for some styling.