Rant: I talk about trends
I am not a fashionista.
In fact, that word is one I’ve grown to cringe at.
I do not define myself as trendy, chic or cool and I refuse to become a “Slave to fashion” no matter whats popular or the financial bracket that I may find myself in.
Despite my outward love for fashion, growing closet and the fact that I went to school for it, I do not identify with any of the above labels. All of which are applied to people who are simply wearing something that society defines as currently “In” for the season. I would much rather my clothing choices be praised based on their visual appeal, and the artistry involved in achieving the overall outfit. In my opinion, words such as style and flair hold more meaning because they compliment the wearer on their creativity and use of the clothing. Not just their ability to go to a store, buy something and put it on their body.
Now, I’m not saying that I am immune to the devil that is fast fashion, or that I consistently approach dressing with the same thoughtfulness everyday. I do have slumps where I feel like I’m just another basic white girl, or maybe I always am. However, I make it a priority to clothe myself in a way that is non-repetitive and requires some creativity on my part.
The fact that a majority of my wardrobe is made up of second-hand clothing definitely helps. Since the items in second-hand stores have not been at the top of the fashion cycle for months, if not years, it reduces the chances of me wearing the same or similar item(s) as everyone else. Not only is it cheaper, but a more environmentally-friendly option too. Thus, allowing me to be free from the over-hyped repetitiveness of trends that is present in most traditional retail stores.
Shopping almost exclusively for second-hand clothing is not a lifestyle everyone can handle and/or wants. Finding the right items can take time, so it isn’t always the quickest or easiest way of achieving a specific desired look. It does create a blank slate for the mind though. Un-cluttered with no pre-fabricated ideas a brand or store is trying to sell you on. Allowing you to approach getting dressed in a way that feels as if you actually have ownership over how you dress. So if that means being a fashionista, then go for it, but don’t feel pressured to be one just because someone else out there is.