Fashions Fade

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There's this idea in marketing that if people see something often enough they start to like it and want it, even if initially they didn't like it. This is why you see brands send the same item to a dozen bloggers or celebrities and then blitz you with the coverage. Enough exposure and those bike shorts that were not cool a few years ago are starting to look very edgy and avant garde with mules and an oversized blazer. Well, this same effect is true for me but instead of being influenced into current fashion trends my penchant for historical novels, Outlander, and period costume has me dressing more and more like a character out of Little Women... I do find enough exposure to things will increase my interest in them--a few years ago even I was contemplating buying those ubiquitous rockstud Valentino heels (or a more affordable knock-off) because you could not check out a fashion blog without seeing them. See something enough and you'll start to covet it. Realizing this has made me more conscious of where I focus my attention. If I don't want to feel tied to fashion trends and the need for "new new new" every season then I probably shouldn't look at every new runway show and read endless fashion magazines whose sole purpose is to show me what's new and trending. I read an article recently about how in the early 1970s women protested because fashion magazines told them mini skirts were out and they needed to buy maxi skirts. It's funny now to look at the dated images of women carrying signs saying they won't let go of their mini skirts, but ultimately the fashion magazines won and maxi lengths became de rigueur. But the thing is, at the heart women weren't protesting because they loved minis, they were protesting because the same people who told them to change their wardrobe into minis in the 1960s were now telling them to change their wardrobe again. They were upset that what was chic yesterday is now gauche; they didn't want to have to replace their whole wardrobes. Today we've become so desensitized to the brevity of fashion trends; we expect to be told our shoes are out of style, we expect to buy new clothes every few months if not sooner. But we don't have to listen to that noise (even though it surrounds us) and we don't have to buy into the idea that square-toed boots are chic and pretend shearling purses don't just look like the inside of your favorite stuffed animal. There's inspiration to be found everywhere you look and you do have some say in where you look and where you invest your energy. I stopped following runway shows a bit naturally several years ago, my interest in them faded and I kept moving further and further away from that world. In evenings when I would have been browsing fashion blogs or catching up on fashion news, I started to read books online instead (I find it so convenient to have novel open on one tab and check back on it whenever I have a few free minutes, which might be to blame for my low productivity...). As my interests shifted and my attention refocused, my fashion preferences shifted as well. Watch enough period dramas and suddenly you'll find yourself searching Etsy for linen dresses, aprons, and petticoats. Which I suppose means that if I do get swept through standing stones one of these days I might actually be half-dressed for it...Time travel aside, I'm quite happy to drift further and further away from the fashion world. As Oscar Wilde said, "fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."  pinny pinny-7-side

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6 comments:

  1. So true - see something and you'll start to covet it - I'm definitely a fashion victim, haha! Love the photos! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  2. One of the reasons I love your blog is because your style isn't the same as the dozens of others all wearing what's currently trendy. Whether I like what is currently "in style" or not, your style and photography is a refreshing change of pace that I always welcome.

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  3. As the previous comment pointed out, I really appreciate your blog because you always prioritize personal style to current fashion trends. I haven't seen Outlander yet, but these photos are so dreamy! 🍃

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  4. It's good to be aware of the way fashion markets. I like seeing new styles, but I have a pretty strong fashion sense, so I pass on most trends, but I enjoy seeing what is new (or usually, recycled). It's better for the world if we all consume more mindfully and pick items that we can enjoy for many years.

    xoKaelen | https://darlingmarcelle.com

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  5. That's such a dreamy pinafore! ♥ I honestly wish international shipping was accepted in my country (we have a bunch of regulations that make it impossible to buy something without having to go through some INTENSE paperwork that demands money AND WEEKS until they decide you can "receive" your package).

    "at the heart women weren't protesting because they loved minis, they were protesting because the same people who told them to change their wardrobe into minis in the 1960s were now telling them to change their wardrobe again."
    It's funny how no one seems to complain about this nowadays! Everything happens so fast and every trend is so disposable. This is probably why I'll never make it as a fashion blogger! I'm not interested in trends, I'm more into style.

    Flor | http://flordeblog.com

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  6. I used to be very into fashion - I also tried to get my hands on those Valentino rock studs (well - as you - also the alternatives :-) ) But I agree with you - I think it is wise to choose what to surround yourself with. Because one can get so hung up in what is the style that one never really asks oneself "what do I like"? And as long as you dress with confidence I do not think you can ever be "out of fashion"

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