As I got dressed this morning, I thought…Haven’t I seen this outfit somewhere before? Like…four years ago?
The picture on the left is me at a party my senior year of college; I’m wearing a black V-neck sweater (with a black tank top under it to make up for the fact that it was too low-cut, even for a sorostitute), black leggings, brown boots, and a leopard-print belt from Express. This morning I put on black skinny pants, a black V-neck sweater, brown boots, and the same belt, and I realized…Wow. Some things never change.
I’ve said before that when it comes to personal style, I’m about quality over quantity. I noticed pretty quickly when interning and later working at ELLE Magazine that while fashion people do wear crazy expensive things, they wear the same few things all the time. And it’s really not a big deal; they are like cartoon characters in that their clothes and even accessories don’t seem to change much. I’ve been applying that approach to my style ever since. I don’t wear particularly expensive things, but most of the things I buy, I buy to wear for a while.
Now, I do buy new clothes when I absolutely have to — unfortunately, most of the clothes I buy aren’t such high-quality that they’ll last forever — but when I do buy new clothes, it’s pretty much a new version of the same thing. Case in point…
(Apparently, I have a thing for gold vests.)
The V-neck sweater I’m wearing in both pictures from 2011 is also new…but it was $13 (American Apparel via thrift store). I buy a few new items every season, but I buy everything with the intention that it will last me for at least two seasons (two summers, two winters, etc.). I might buy one new dress and wear it to every wedding I go to in a summer (or alternate it with the dress I bought the year before).
To be able to get so much wear out of my clothes, I buy the nicest quality I can afford — even if it means not buying very much — and avoid Forever 21. (I’m pretty sure tampons are made of higher-quality fabric than Forever 21’s clothes and you can wear them for about as long.) I also take a lot better care of my clothes now than I did when I was younger. I actually read the washing instructions and don’t toss everything in the dryer. As a result, I don’t spend very much money on clothes.
Sometimes I feel self-conscious that I’m wearing the same clothes in most of the pictures of myself I share (my pictures from Chicago feature the same yellow plaid shirt that I was wearing last Halloween) because I assume people think it’s weird or assume that I have no clothes/personal style. While I don’t have more clothes than I need, I do feel like I have a sense of style. And I like my stuff so much now that I don’t really want to go buy more (nor can I really afford to buy a new dress every weekend).
I’m a big fan of figuring out what works and buying what you love…and then wearing the shit out of it.