Fashion comes and goes, but style is forever.
The Trend Trap
The allure of fashion shows sucks us into this train of thought that we should be updating our wardrobe for every season and keeping up with trends. For some people, this works. For others, like myself, we prefer to strategically buy pieces that reflect our personalities and our personal styles. (Whatever that looks like from day to day.)
It’s so wild to think that once upon a time, every piece in my outfit was hanging out on the racks at a mainstream retailer and it was trendy. Then suddenly, one day, it wasn’t trendy anymore and ended up at a thrift store where I swooped in and bought it.
It really makes you stop and think about the lifecycle of clothes both on a global spectrum but also within your own closet. Do you trade out your clothes pretty quick (thrifting and then re-donating months later) or do you hang on to clothes for a long time?
What I’m Wearing
This outfit is the perfect example of what I’m talking about.
More than half of it was bought from thredUP, the largest online consignment store in the US. The white moto jacket is my newest purchase while the pink sweater and flared jeans were bought a year ago. I had a vision that they would play nicely with my wardrobe for a long time to come and I was right!
And the rest of my look is a combo of new and old secondhand pieces I’ve acquired through the years. (Recognize my “ugly” shirt? It’s still going strong!)
Making Your Clothes Last Longer
When I say “make your clothes last longer,” I don’t mean in a laundry way. There are already laundry gurus out there that can teach you those tips and tricks but I’m not one of them.
What I’d like to share is more about making thoughtful buying decisions, and other tips to make your clothes last longer.
1. Buy only things you have a vision for. Mindlessly buying clothes without a purpose will lead you to a closet of mismatched clothes and the dreaded having-nothing-wear-syndrome. Shop carefully, go with a plan, and buy things you really really really love.
2. Look for quality pieces. As mentioned above, this multi-patterned button-up has been with me the longest and is arguably made to last! It’s also the oldest piece I’m wearing, likely originating in the early ’90s.
3. Mix and match your clothes. Get as much wear out of what you currently own. Be an outfit repeater. I promise it’s cool!
? WHAT I’M WEARING ?
thredUP jeans, moto jacket, and pink sweater, bought w/ credit (shop similar items on thredUP) | Thrifted button up & hat, $5 | Old Payless boots, $10
I’m sure the information in this post isn’t anything new to you but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder. Plus, I just really wanted to show off this outfit! ?
What would you add to this post? Let me know in the comments below! Also, be sure to Pin this outfit as inspo for later. ?