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All Fashion Related Questions Answered & More

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I have been sharing my #ootd on Insta-Stories through this COVID period which recently brought me to how most of my clothes are actually old. Anywhere from 3 to 15 years old and yet they are all in mint condition. The two reasons I hold on to old clothes is because they still fit me and I find joy in wearing them. While stating how old some of their pieces were I was asked a number of questions which I had already blogged about. Hence, this post.

The one thing, that has never sat right with me about being a fashion enthusiast is the endless drive to wear and buy brand new things. I’ve never been very fussed about being ‘cool’ or edgy and I don’t change my mind enough to have to change my wardrobe every season. It’s not that a new ideas don’t excite me—it’s just that I like beautiful clothes new season or old and I prefer to let pieces ruminate on my wishlist, probably until they’re in the sale before I buy them. Doing the job I do means that I am sent new pieces by brands frequently—and I know I wear something newish on the blog often. But I’d say at least 75% of my images on social media feature some clothes or shoes that come from the back of my wardrobe rather than hot off the press and that in the context of the "influencer" world, that isn’t the norm.

What isn’t easy is squaring that with the influencer economy. As a business, blogger and influencers often say they are in the inspiration game. But the way the business works often means it’s more accurate to describe it as simple advertising. Growing up when I’d see a film (e.g. Pretty Women) or pour over a fashion editorial, the clothes that were featured weren’t just a click away—you had to hunt out similar pieces from shops and put your desired look together. So many pieces in magazine shoots would be credited as ‘stylist’s own’ or ‘made to order’, but you used the images as true inspiration—rather than copying someone else’s style, you'd channel the mood in your own way. Somewhere along the line, the fact that influencers and bloggers can only make money by featuring in season, in stock products has driven an almost rabid sense of constantly needing something new. It also means that you never see any old clothes.

Above I am wearing a tan mini-skirt which I had bough in 2005 at Heathrow Airport, which I still love and find versatile. Then there is an aztec print dress I got on a deal from Target long-long ago and it continues to be my go-to on days I am 'feeling' lean and not-bloated. Then there are classics like a black a-line skirt or a wrap dress, where the whole purpose of adding them to my closet was that they would last me for years to come.

There can be a lot of snobbery around pieces which are ‘so last season,’ but I think it’s pretty lamentable. Great style is great style, beautiful pieces are beautiful pieces. Wearing a new purchase before anyone and then promptly forgetting about it does not seem aspirational to me. In fact it seems pretty wasteful, crass and inauthentic. It also fuels as need for near-continual consumption, which can be a dangerous mentality to promote. While I totally understand it makes business sense for influencers to wear new things (as they only make money through affiliates if their chosen item is in stock), I would just love to see a few bits and bobs from last year and a mix of old and in-store now—a little more of a window into their treasures as well their exciting new buys. May be that's just me.


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22 comments

  1. You make great points! Personally, I agree the idea of not wearing what is last season. If it looks great and appropriate for the weather, I'm all for it!

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  2. All of these are sooo cute! I totally know what you mean about the whole "last season thing." I have items from years and years ago that I wear often because it's still relevant to my style. Although trends are fun, I'm not confined by them. I think it's more important to wear what makes you happy!

    Lizzie
    www.lizzieinlace.com

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  3. @You have a lovely style and a way of making clothes look like they were made just for you.

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  4. I find it unnecessary to keep buying brand new things especially when you've got some in the closet that haven't even been worn. You can easily revamp what you already have instead of filling the wardrobe always.

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  5. I try my best not to buy super trendy items and if I do, I try to not spend a ton of money on them.

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  6. So many cute outfits in this round up! Especially loving that black maxi dress - so cute for summer!

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  7. Love all of these tips, Tanvi! All of your outfits are fantastic!

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  8. I love all of them! I've literally been in sweats and a tee since March.

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  9. I love your outfits. The first one is gorgeous! I wish i had the confidence to wear something like that.

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  10. Loving all the looks!
    xx- Nina
    http://www.stylingwithnina.com/2020/08/summer-2020.html

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  11. Love all of these looks, and such great points! Thank you for sharing! xoxo, Sarah

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  12. It's fun to hear your thoughts on this particular subject. I feel similarly, as I don't tend to purchase more than a handful of items a year, but I also see the appeal in getting fresh pieces per season, and I also try to keep up with trends (to a degree, I'm more of a classics gal) because that's just my own personal style. I think it's fun to do so, and that's what's cool about the blogging world - we might all do similar things, but then we have differences too! It's awesome that you're able to make looks last for so many years!

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  13. These looks are so good for you! I like that you dress up and that you use what you have to create such great looks! It's very inspirational and I love the your take on the classics.

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  14. I'm also not a fan of always keeping up with Jones' if you will, but I do find joy in snagging some higher quality pieces at a higher cost because I know I will be able to wear them more and more. Solid pieces (and neutrals) are truly timeless so there's definitely a piece of that that I am all about too. I can't always be in new clothes, as much as I'd like to be!

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  15. This is great post, you put a lot of work into it! I love using what I own to create new looks. It's a form of play for me! xo Jaimie www.jaimietucker.com

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  16. I have been quite minimalist when it comes to my closest and it has helped me organize and get ready for the day. I hate the thought of 'wasting' clothes or buying things I know I'll only end up wearing a few times. Great post and ideas on how to get the most out of what is already in our closests!

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  17. I don't buy much clothes but when I do, I tend to keep and wear them till I can't anymore as I love them too much to swap them. So I can admit that I am a minimalist as well.

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  18. You're right: good clothes are good clothes. They needn't be the latest fashion. And it's wasteful to ignore good stuff in your closet.

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  19. I keep a lot of old clothes too. I still wear the dress I bought for my high school graduation 12 years ago and some other dresses that I love too much to let go.

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  20. You do such a great job of taking your own fashion pictures of yourself as a selfie in the mirror Bravo 🙌🏻

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  21. Wow this is such a great roundup of answers! I love rewearing clothing and making it look like they are brand new pieces with different outfits!

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  22. I am loving that jumpsuit with the gingham underneath! Such a cute unexpected look with that pop of fun. Love it girl!

    xo Laura Leigh
    https://louellareese.com

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