I don’t consider myself a fashionista, I don’t really follow trends, I hate being in front of the camera and so rarely get round to blogging about clothes that I’ve made or vintage outfits I’ve put together, I should probably just get over my awkwardness and do so, I have some very nice clothes.
During the week I rarely dress up because I work from home, I do get dressed for work but I’m a creative so wear comfy clothes that I won’t mind if they get spoilt a little with glue or paint. I’m constantly complaining to The Goth that I have nice clothes and make up but never go anywhere and so I end up wearing the same things all the time. He suggested Fancy Friday, which I misheard as Fantasy Friday and ended up with me yelling I’m not dressing up as Princess Leia for you whilst he fell to pieces laughing at my outrage, lord knows what my neighbours think of me with the crap I yell out. FYI I don’t think there is anything with a bit of fantasy role play!
But I do love fashion, I do love seeing what is on trend, scrolling through Instagram to see how people express themselves through their outfits, how to style pieces, colour combos, pattern clashes, the works. It seems kind of an odd passion for someone who is admittedly too lazy these days to dress up. I used to spend hours pin curling and brushing my hair into a 40s style, meticulously matching my accessories to my outfits, finding the most cutest and outlandish prints I could but it appears my tastes have drastically change over the years and I’m leaning towards a more simplified look. I still love seeing other people get dressed up though.
I don’t like snobbery, people who say classic styles are the best, or people really knew how to dress in the old days! If it didn’t cause so much damage I would eye roll for days over these statements. There is no right or wrong way to express your style. No one is better than you because they’re wearing the latest trend or wearing true vintage, there is a lot of snobbery when it comes to clothes but fashion and trends turn over so fast these days it’s hard to keep up.
I’m now old enough where a trend I wore the first time round has made a resurgence, all hail the 90s! Apparently you’re not supposed to wear a trend the second time it comes round but I think that bollocks and doesn’t really count if you never stopped wearing it in the first place.
I like sewing, I like making my own clothes so that I could have a wardrobe that was well fitted and reflected my personality but recently I haven’t really been sewing, mostly due to fluctuating weight problems as I get my food intolerance flare ups under control, bloated stomachs are not helping. But it’s given me time to think about the clothes I make and why I make them. At first it was all about creating the dream wardrobe with clothes for every occasion, a wardrobe that was to keep and be sustainable and whatnot and it is still partly that but as I said before we change, tastes change, style changes, things we like and no longer things we want or aspire to, they belong in the past, we move forward onto to and experiment with new things, a constant exploration of finding out who we are.
Recently I’ve been to a few fashion exhibitions, things I paid most attention to were the construction details, the drape, the tailoring, the finishing, the embellishments, the time taken over each garment. Despite wanting a cleaner and simpler wardrobe I’m oddly obsessed with complicated garment construction! Actually I’m more obsessed with well made and well constructed garments. We’re all guilty of cheap frivolous purchases, as whether it be a wardrobe malfunction, ill-fitting, sitting in the wardrobe the planet is now paying the price of fast fashion.
It has been said that fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it. We need to start focusing on buying items to reflect our personal style rather than copying the latest trends. Whilst there is nothing wrong with using trends as inspiration, I always find it a little disappointing when I see twenty fashion blogs all wearing and writing about the same must have jumper! I get that is what brings in the numbers and views etc but I want to see more people incorporating that piece into their personal style rather than a standard template and why you like that piece other than it’s really comfy or that it was the latest must have item.
So I guess whilst I have a passion for fashion, I want to also pay more attention as to why I’m adding that item to my wardrobe. Will I wear it? Or did I just buy it because it looked pretty? Where did it come from? Who made it? Is it value for money? Is it well made? And so on and so.