I love the fashion industry!
Tips on Surviving the new fashion trends
# invest in a good 3 way mirror and try things on. Walk, sit, twirl and stretch in that potential new outfit. Check every angle. (My litmus test is being able to run for the bus or cycle in comfort). If everyone did that the world would be a more beautiful place. I like to keep a full length mirror (with accoutrements, clothes brush, hand held steamer, lint roll) in the hallway, for that all important final check before exiting the house.
# we don’t have to buy on every trend. Really! Often what was a beautiful creation, in lovely fabric and great cut, gets murdered when copied for fast fashion. It makes one weep! The original design is but a shadow of its former self, by the time it gets on the “mass market” or the ‘savvy, budget conscious consumer’ as the marketing men like to call & patronise us…
# remember it’s never our fault if those new high waisted jeans, or the culotte trend doesn’t make us look divine. We just haven’t found the right silhouette yet. The teenage model advertising it, has been airbrushed and photoshopped within an inch of her life…
#Some trends are fundamentally exploitative. Anything with fur or ultra cheap clothes feeding on the misery of others. Do you really want anything like that in your wardrobe? (Check out the True Cost movie, it basically does what it says, explaining the cost of new clothes in real terms, the human cost and their legacy on the planet)
# know thyself is the secret to happiness. Keep a consistent personal style. I love one or two quirky touches transcending trends, a bit of vintage or quality second hand, (perhaps a handbag or a piece of jewellery.) it’s amazing how easy it was to be well dressed when eliminating the superfluous.
# have a laugh at the cartoon above. Have you noticed the low rise jeans? Quelle horreur as the French would say.
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