We are in the midst of a fashion epidemic. Fast fashion – those clothes you buy to wear once and throw away, is killing the enviroment. The simple truth is, you don’t need a new outfit for every photo you snap. In fact, you probably don’t need most photos. Classic style is the weapon in your wardrobe; the ultimate look that will make your outfit timeless.
A Name is Forever
I gasped at the news of the recently deceased Givenchy. Although he quietly stepped away from the spotlight decades earlier; this is the man who created Audrey Hepburn’s dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The dress that I have admired and loved. Collectively, Givenchy taught me that elegance can be sexy, chic and glamorous.
Equally, I adore Chanel, Versace and Dior. With my eyes glued to American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace; I can’t help but wish that the younger generation had a better education as to who he was. He invented the 90’s supermodels – ‘clothing hangers’ became iconic celebrities. Think George Michael’s Freedom video.
Fashion houses are expensive and not attainable to most. But if you can afford to splurge on a piece or buy one on sale, you can be assured that you are buying quality.
When I think about how much that I have spent on buying cheap clothes to wear for one event, I realise that those clothes are no longer with me. A classic style piece however, could still be hanging in my wardrobe.
I don’t know about style. I know about my personal style – Diane Kruger
It’s not just about luxury labels. Opting to buy from a good high-street retailer will be cost-effective in the long run.
Style over trend
Trendy pieces are usually those that you look back on with horrific regret. Or those items that you feel strange wearing as they are so last-season.
Style icons – particularly those that are French, understand the need for accessories and clothing that makes them look good in each decade. It’s what makes them iconic. Imagine if Audrey wore a polka-dot prom dress in the opening credits – pretzel in hand.
My favourite classic style item is an LBD. I have an array in my closet; subtly peering to let me know that they are always on hand.
I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original – Aaliyah
They go along with wrap dresses, black blazers and stripped shirts; standard staples that should be worn multiple times. They are like jeans – those old-fashioned Wrangler jeans that work with every shirt and top you own.
I understand the need for fashion trends because they help keep fashion exciting and relevant. Nevertheless, if you are wanting a new wardrobe this spring and summer; ask yourself if trendy choices are really worth it and if you can afford them.
Because fast-fashion makes trends seem like a bargain. However, is wearing something a handle of times actually a good investment? Fashion trends are fickle in nature; they will have you updating your wardrobe regularly.
Going for classic designers and staple garments can give you unlimited option for diversity in your style. Classic doesn’t mean a plain shirt and blazer; major houses are not similar.
As Coco Chanel said: “fashion fades, only style remains the same”.
You might think that the current, trendy pieces will make you stand-out and be an individual. Most-likely, you will be copying millions of other Instagrammers. That’s what’s happening with the social-media generation. We are all trying to imitate one another in hopes of acceptance and fandom.
Unless you absolutely love, you don’t need to follow.
Classic Never Goes Out Of Style
There is a reason that classic style never fades. It catches the imagination of so many women, that it’s impossible to improve on.
Though you can edit and enhance to make your own. I consider myself to adorn classic pieces, yet I wouldn’t describe myself as a follower of one particular person. It’s a complete mix. And as I know all the timeless clothing will not go out of style, I can keep finding inspiration in how to wear them distinctly.
The difference between style and fashion is quality – Giorgio Armani
I have yet to dip my toes in vintage wear, so maybe that’s next in my creativity.
When you pick classic items of clothing and put them together, it’s such an effortlessly, easy way to have a sense of style – it’s almost criminal!
A capsule wardrobe, a T.K Maxx shopping trip; I want a wardrobe that’s not attempting to prove that I own clothes. Last week, I was debating whether I want to wear a jumper that I have already featured on my blog and social-media. Then I thought – it’s a jumper! It’s been well-made and more so, than to deserve the respect of staying in hiding.
Fast-fashion is environmentally bad and potentially causing a rise in factory workers being poorly paid and over-worked. Classic style is a forward-way of thinking. Before you decide to get an entire new spring closet, think about putting together what’s really you.
How do you feel about fast-fashion? What are your wardrobe, statement pieces?
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