Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A plea for simplicity

I’ve written and spoken my thoughts on trends before. It’s all fun and games until the next trend comes along and you’re stuck scrambling to keep up. All the while stuffing last season’s crop top and fuzzy slides to the back of your closet, as if you didn’t rush out to by them when you saw them on two different Instagram posts.

 Its kind of overwhelming to me how insatiable we’ve become. All of the ‘new and exciting’ things we just can’t miss out on.  ‘Now trending’ is becoming an exhausting, never ending race that feels more like a trap than anything. We’ve become slaves to fashion.

I’m by no means pointing fingers, I like to consider myself a ‘cured shopper’ who sometimes falls off the wagon. It’s hard to resist the constant advertisement of social media and fast fashion. We almost don’t even recognize the voice of persuasion that surrounds us. We’re already googling where to buy the latest ‘off the shoulder top’ before we even realize why we suddenly desire it: friends, bloggers, and brands were pushing the new trend on our Instagram and we didn’t even piece together that’s where the ‘want’ stemmed from.  It’s the world we live in, but it doesn’t have to be.

Now more than ever, I’m feeling the call to a pared down closet, full of necessities and the classic, timeless items that keep me satisfied no matter the passing trend. A plea for simplicity. A call for contentment and consistency. A ‘less is more’ mentality. I don’t want to live in an unsatisfied state, always on the look out for what’s new and next. This goes for life and for my closet. Less items surrounding me, more time spent wearing the pieces I love, outside and reading at the park with my husband.

My wardrobe is forever under construction, but I am on a mission to streamline and return to the basics. Think about the pieces you gravitate toward every day. Think about the quality and cut of things, and the details. Think about where it comes from and how it's getting made. If you do this, you will find yourself adding less and less superfluous items to your closet because the pieces must meet a certain criteria.

** I’m not an extremist - I’m not saying you can’t like a certain trend that comes into play, or shop on a whim. I’m starting a conversation. I’m simply bringing to light the idea of not being obsessed with ‘more’. More is not always more. I want to be someone who understands moderation. I want to be someone who doesn’t let Instagram and magazine articles dictate my sartorial choices. This is why I am so picky when it comes to brands I work with - I don't want to support and write about products and pieces that I don't truly love and use. I don't want to be another voice in the masses pushing products and clothes just for the sake of it, just to make you feel like you need to buy something to keep up. I work with brands few and far between - I want to be selective in who I support and where I spend my money, or where I would support you spending yours. Being picky is good.


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