Monday, February 04, 2013

It's always nice to KISS, Mastering the art of simplistic dressing

It's always nice to KISS

Keep It Simple Stupid, The art of simplistic dressing
 The world of fashion is high-paced, and constantly changing. Many find it difficult to keep up with the constantly changing trends; it is also hard on our wallets.

Stop trying to figure out which trendy colours you can pull off, which cut fits our body type, or which eyeshaddow you have to splurge on. Start investing in things that you like, things that are 
comfortable and things that you will always love to have in your wardrobe. It is time to stop going by the trends and to start wearing classic pieces. What exactly is a classic piece you may ask? Well, a classic piece as defined in Webster’s dictionary as something that is judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. Think Jane Birkin, a little black dress, Chanel, your perfect fitting jeans, an aged leather bag, and those ruby red lips.

Yes, a real leather bag is a little bit more expensive than a bag from H&M, but think of all of the money we spend on fast fashion purchases. In an article posted in the Daily Mail called “Britain's Bulging Closets” it is reported that women have four times as many clothes in their wardrobe than they did in 1980. Another article from the Globe and Mail, “The real cost of our 'Fast Fashion' Consumption Culture”, talks about how the average American buys 64 items of clothing a year. Do we really need all of these clothes? Do we even wear all of these clothes?

Why not buy less but wear more? Buy less of the fast fashion pieces, and wear more good quality pieces. This means no more Zara jeans but instead try on a pair of Levis. Yes, Levis is a little bit more expensive than Zara but you know that the quality is there. It is important to invest in the things that will last. The next time you are shopping and you see a new adorable sweater with the season’s hottest print on it, remember to ask yourself “Will I actually wear this in many years to come? Or will I throw it out the next time I empty out my closet?”

Classic pieces can vary from person to person, depending on their personal taste level. When it comes to shoes, I prefer to invest in a lower leather heel. Leather tends to age better than suede, especially when removing salt stains after the typical Canadian winter. During the cold months it is easy to tuck some skinnies into my booties, and when the weather warms up and I am feeling a bit adventurous I wear them with a pair of denim cut offs. The second item that I have invested in is a leather jacket. Nothing is better than slipping on a real leather jacket, throwing on some jeans and a t-shirt and sliding some sunglasses on. That to me, is classic.
It is important to invest in basic pieces that you will wear over the years, trends will come and go but classic pieces are here to stay.

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