I love clothes and I’ve done so as long as I can remember. Growing up, my next door neighbour was a seamstress and sewed dresses and gowns using what I remember being the most beautiful fabrics. I can still remember the vibrant colours and patterns of the fabrics. She would let me have the leftover bits and pieces that were not used and I would gladly take these and make dresses and other clothes for my barbie dolls. This was my absolute favourite activity growing up and my sister and I played with barbies until I was 14 years old. Yes, I know that is outrageously old for barbie dolls, but it’s true.
Vintage shopping is one of my favorite ways of shopping. It is time consuming and you have to put in a lot of work in order to find that one special piece you’ve been dreaming of, but when you do, it will be so worth it. I have a Chanel silk scarf I bought at the swedish store Myrorna (Goodwill here in US) for 50kr (6$) when I was around 18 years old, and it is one of my most treasured pieces. Now days you don’t have to run around the city to find those rare shops, there is so much online.
Shopping on sale. I am always on the search for the perfect clothes at the perfect prices. I love sales and I buy a lot of my clothes on sale. I’m not sitting front row at any runway shows and I’m not being judged by the worlds fashion elite, therefore it doesn’t matter if my clothes are one, two or ten seasons old. The only important thing is that I love them and how they make me feel.
Following the fashion trends. I don’t follow all trends. I follow trends that I like and that I think fit well with what I already own. I am hoping to build a wardrobe that is timeless and that will feel fun to wear season after season. This is of course very difficult and most clothes can feel old and boring after a while. I buy trendy clothes if I can see that I will use them for more than one season.
Mixing high end with low price brands is inevitable for most of us. There are some wardrobe items that are worth investing and then there are some you can easily buy at H&M or similar. There is a lot on this topic online, but shortly put, invest in the classics and the things you will use the most and items that have to fit properly. Spend less on trendy items and items you will only wear ones or twice.
Accessories. You have probably heard it before, the importance of accesorizing and how they can make an outfit. Personally I believe less is more when it comes to accessories. It a fine line between when the accessory is complementing your outfit and when it’s taking over the whole show. Therefore I’d rather have less accessories than too much. I mostly love smaller jewelries but do occasionally wear large earrings or a statement necklace. I adore silk scarfs and use them all the time.
Sustainable fashion is a term you probably have heard before and something rapidly growing. I believe this is the future in the fashion industry and something definitely worth exploring. You don’t have to be an expert to know which brands are the good ones and which are the bad ones. I think it’s more important to have some general knowledge and common sense about the way we consume.
Taking ownership of my style is something I’ve been working on my whole life and still struggle with from time to time. It’s very easy to be influenced and inspired by others and that’s a way to grow and to see things with new perspectives. But at the same time, staying true to your personal style is also important. The goal when dressing isn’t to become someone else, but rather to empower yourself and feel confident that you can accomplish whatever it is that you are aiming for, if it’s a job interview or a cute date or a tough work out. Most importantly I think it is to wear clothes that you love and that make you feel beautiful.
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