I was having a conversation with a friend the other day who asked me if I felt odd wearing items that were old. She was giving reference to certain items that I purchased online at a discount price from past seasons. I replied to her “no” and I was a little taken aback by her question. It gave me pause. But then as I thought for a moment, I further went on to explain that the cost of an item did not determine it’s worth or its value. Only quality and craftsmanship or in the case of a gift or a gift to yourself, sentimental affection does. It’s all in how it makes you feel. And always your individual attraction to its aesthetic and purpose. If you like something whether it’s past season or current, buy it. If it costs an extreme amount of dollars and you can afford it buy it. If it’s on sale and that more easily fits into your budget buy it then.
I am not at all deterred or necessarily influenced by an item’s standing in the current fashion season nor do I feel ashamed for wearing a piece that has already had it’s “moment”. And I certainly have no guilt whatsoever waiting until I can afford said item, if it’s currently not in my price range then I wait until it becomes so. And I guess I come from the old school of thought- which is wearing what you want whenever it suits you. Let your mood be your guide. Not someone else’s opinion of you and what you should be wearing. It also comes from the idea that you make up your own mind and follow your own fashion sense. It’s always great to be inspired by current trends or your current environment or even past environments and events but always follow your heart first.
When we look at the current trends displayed in the fashion shows,magazines,digital or social media we should always keep in mind that the looks are there for inspiration; most often they were never intended to be taken at face value or for a full interpretation. In my opinion designers don’t expect you to mimic the looks entirely but to take the pieces and create looks and styles that reflect your own personal character. Every piece will have the personality of its own depending on the person wearing it. And depending on the era in which it’s worn it might have a different effect and appeal on the wearer. Hence, the reason why retro and vintage is a big thing. You can bring a piece back to life that has a history a quarter of a century years old or older.Which is why no matter the season, past or present, beautiful clothing is just that; it’s beautiful, collectible clothing and it’s always a work of art whether it’s past season or current. That element never changes.
So when my friend asked me if I mind wearing something that wasn’t current I told her no. I don’t see any difference. As far as I’m concerned if the designer created that immaculate piece of work he/she created art to be worn and he/she created it to be worn no matter when. Why should that piece of work sit on a shelf, in the jewelry box, on a hanger or in a shoe box? And most of all why should it sit in some retailers distribution center? I say bring it home to be loved.
Some interesting pieces I might want for myself. From left to right 8 Bracelet $49, at this price I can save it for summer or with the climate in my region it might just have a place year-round and then this Alexander McQueen 4 Pin Set $785 to give a basic black blazer or LBD an extra lift and I’m loving the texture on this Trademark Loop Small Tote Bag $795 and it’s earthy burnt eggplant color is a true Fall essential.
I am just head over heels for this Marco Bologna Multi Print Shirt , and I can see endless possibilities with it’s multiple colorscape.
And could your shoe collection really stand to be without these darlings, especially with this incredible price? I think not! So cute…I think the blue and gold would be an interesting contrast to a rich berry silk shirt dress.Or palazzo pants…yes! $490 (sale price) Lanvin Studded Slingback Sandal
So I guess the takeaway is this, no matter what you love (current season, past season) if it steals your heart away and you know it will make you happy get it. Provided you don’t spend the mortgage of course!
Wishing you Love and Luxury,
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