A true shopping disaster, clothes banished to be hidden in the wardrobe. Almost all of us have fallen for this one…shopping error # 2
# 2 Error: Buying uncomfortable clothes
In this category, include physically uncomfortable clothes, (ie too tight, itchy etc) but also stylistically out of our comfort zone (ie items that made me feel vaguely ridiculous, when I did try to wear them)
Clothes, that did not fit my style, but “everyone” was wearing them.
Who has ever bought one of these: skinny jeans that were so skinny, they cut off our circulation, real or “faux'” leather pants that cling to the flesh, (making you feel clummmy, you can’t wash them and they make you too hot or too cold,) items that are so baggy, you keep tripping over the folds, (and look like a sack of potatoes,) and shoes that truly require you to amputate a couple of toes to fit…
Some of these clothes are perfectly good items, in themselves, but just not our style, not our fit. …it’s so easy to get swayed!
Comfort vs scruffiness
The two concepts are quite different. If you buy quality clothes and avoid the fast fashion traps you can be comfortable and look alluring at the same time.
For example, when you buy a t shirt for daily wear, pay the same attention as if choosing the catwalk dress of the season.
When I buy something I check the fabric content before even considering the cut. Clothes from H&M, Banana Republic, even casual wear from GAP, rarely offer true comfort. They are made for maximum profit, with cheap materials and exploited labour, basically they are made by people who do not understand fashion.
Developing personal style
One of the reasons I started this blog, was I could not believe the ridiculousness of the outfits in some other people’s “fashion” blogs. I never buy anything to wear especially for posting and never ever, wear something just for a photo opportunity. All my outfits are from real life. (hence real life headings)
Stylishness needs to be cultivated daily and for every god damn activity. Never separate your outfits into ‘comfortable’ vs ‘stylish’, All our clothes should be comfortable and a joy to wear! The sort of person who thinks it’s fine to wear stained GAP t shirts in bed, (or quelle horreur, on holiday!) has really missed the opportunity to cultivate personal style. Life is our catwalk people!
Understanding good fit & styling
Since fast fashion has taken over, the average buyer rarely understands what is quality or what is good fit. People confuse constant shopping with personal style.
Aside from causing huge environmental problems, (who cares about the environment? We all should, since we live here after all..) cheap clothes make us look awful. They are usually a poor fit (cut to save money, not to make anyone look good).
Shop slowly, try a size up and a size down.
If you have tons of cheap fast fashion in all likelihood you have nothing to wear that allows your loveliness to blossom. (I repeat – there is no designer handbag that will save a bad outfit, so shift the priorities.)You can tell cheap clothes from the way they drape and stick out in the wrong places- their cut and finish is “off”. It takes a little bit of training but anyone can learn, ( see recreational shopper to serious fashionista) to spot quality and understand good fit.
Can you perform the pirouette?
Good fit brings comfort. As a bare minimum, We should be able to breathe fully, in our clothes. The ability to hop & skip, is an added bonus and do not underestimate that…
Next post: shopping error # 3
Who can guess the remaining classic shopping errors?
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