No outfit posts from the weekend. I was doing laundry and rearranging furniture so I didn’t think you’d want to see my sweat pants 🙂
But, my point today is to talk about something that kinda ticked me off the other day. I was surfing the web, reading comments, polls and other blogs and came across a comment similar to this:
“I don’t want to see people posting photos of themselves in head-to-toe Forever 21. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s hard to be daring/inventive when that’s all you wear.”*
Well, it upset me because as a young professional I find it difficult to afford “real” fashions, as the commenter put it. I buy what I like and what I can afford and make it work for me. And that’s what fashion should be. It shouldn’t be about what everyone else tells you to wear, it shouldn’t be about where you got it.
Isn’t the point of fashion to have your own style, your own voice, showing through your clothes?
I can certainly understand the writer’s frustration because it is different if you walk into a store, buy the outfit on the mannequins and wear it just like how you bought it, and never mix it up. But it’s completely different if you go to a store and buy a few things, mix them in with the clothes you already wear and keep them in good condition. I own quite a few things from Forever 21 (it’s cheap!) and other than having to re-sew buttons (which you’d have to do with most clothes anyway), I’ve never had a hem come undone or any other issues. But I also take very good care of my clothes. I try to dress in things I like, in things that look good on me. Who cares if I spent $20 on a skirt or $200? If it looks nice and I like it, why does it matter?
I think the comment also irritated me because I’m not from the fashion world, and I don’t live in an overly fashion-y place, like New York or LA. I guess I don’t really ‘get’ designers because I feel like they’re telling us how they’d dress us (let me explain, please). I see the world of fashion through my own eyes, as I feel everyone else does. Designers are just another set of eyes viewing fashion. We, as the public, tend to pay attention to their designs and what they’re doing, because they’re the expert on fashion. But, we, as consumers, pick and chose what we like and what works for us and wear it. If I don’t want to wear pony-hair boots, because they’re not my thing, why should it matter? If I want to wear the cute blue skirt that was sold in stores five years ago, why should it matter? I see fashion as a very personal thing, something that we should all be working out to make our very own.
The commenter obviously has her own style, and opinion. I’m certainly not trying to squash that, but I couldn’t help but find myself upset. Maybe it’s because I wear a lot of “cheap” clothes, although I go out of my way to not look cheap. I guess it’s just one of those things that we can’t control. I can’t stop someone from making fun of the places I like to shop at, just as how they can’t change my perception of designers.
I’ve found myself, through this blog, wearing stuff I own in different ways. There are pieces I own that I wouldn’t pair before, or wouldn’t wear a certain way, and since I started this, I find myself experimenting with what I wear more often. I also find it fun (and challenging) to take a cheap shirt and make it NOT look like it only cost $5. That’s fun for me. I don’t want to be a brand snob (my opinion, my words) and only wear name-brand stuff. I would rather fill my closet with vintage or random pieces that are more ME than anything designer, just because it’s a name brand. I got enough of that in high school with all the pressure to only wear Abercrombie clothes. I certainly don’t need it as an adult.
It really should come down to wear what you like, what looks good on you and what makes you happy.
*this isn’t the exact quote- I paraphrased and edited, because the person who said it wasn’t saying to be mean or to make anyone angry.