Saving that outfit for what? Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! Today’s topic is all about saving that special outfit in your closet.
Okay, so I’ve recently had quite a few fashion-related conversations with my friends since going on my wardrobe clearout journey. Recently I asked one of my dear friends, where do you wear your clothes to? Now I know this might sound really strange but hear me out. We both like really nice things, we both have completely different tastes in clothes and we both appreciate shopping and styling. She’s definitely the Carrie Bradshaw type, and I’m definitely a bit more Charlotte.
Nevertheless, the question remains poignant for both of us, to where are we wearing these wonderful outfits? Aside from the odd wedding in the next few months (which we will no doubt insist we have nothing to wear and proceed to directly to the shops), we have no specific regular or daily place to live out our fashion dreams. We both have separate ideas and pieces which we rotate in our workwear wardrobe, but rarely deviate from the comfort of our workwear casuals on a day to day basis.
So does this really mean that we are only styling for the weekends? We explored this a little more. How often do you go out on the weekends? Do you brunch or is it mainly dinner and a bar? Most people in their 20’s and 30’s are social. But for me, I could confidently say that I do not have endless weekend engagements that require the level of attire that I aspire to wear.
Moreover, in the interests of minimalism (something I aspire to achieve in all areas of my life – except my wardrobe at this time) if the events or occasions you attend, where you feel you would make fashionable effort are few and far between, then what is the real point in spending so much time and money shopping? And how much time and money is reasonable to spend?
This really got me thinking. Am I really living in a t-shirt and jeans for 90% of my time, only to swap my Nikes for heels every other weekend? It boggles the mind.
I think this is a really important topic for thought. I enjoy the creativity, social and artistry that the fashion industry encompasses. I really enjoy styling, putting different pieces together, reading fashion blogs, magazines and of course shopping. But I just think keeping perspective is so important as is a level head. It is at the end of the day, consumerism. And without regular checks, this could turn in to an expensive habit. Go further down the rabbit hole and feelings of insecurity, anxiety and depression won’t be far.
I take it for what it is, I enjoy fashion and I know my limits. If you enjoy partaking in the game of dress up, then, by all means, do you and do it well. But ask yourself, who is this for and what is this really all about? After all, unless you work in an environment that encourages your fashion romance, you may have a wardrobe full of fancies but a relatively empty diary. So to conclude, is fashion best enjoyed, just as and when, or should we be wearing our best styles whenever and wherever we like? To work, to the local shop, running our weekly errands? If it’s a return on investment/enjoyment you’re after, then isn’t this the best use of all our efforts? Shouldn’t we be encouraging each other to live out our inner fashionista as often as possible? So I’m interested to know your thoughts on this topic, do you style daily or just for the weekends? Let me know in the comments below.