Thursday, August 28, 2014

Basics (and a little rant?)


Mr Price Jeans & Boots; Cotton On Top; Woolworths Coat
Blackcherry Bag; Aldo Sunglasses; Michael Kors Watch
 
 
I've been reading a lot of rants lately. Bloggers moaning that they need to start getting paid, others screaming look at me, many justifying their place, some non-fashion bloggers reducing the fashion kind to mindless women who don't see pass their #ootd... Oh, that one made me stop for a minute.
 
We show you an outfit, but please (please!) don't assume that's all there is to us. And, if you're still part of the human population that deems fashion frivolous and superficial - you have no clue. I don't think you've watched The Devil Wears Prada (I mean, you're smarter than that), but Miranda Priestly said it best - to the girl who knocked fashion and mocked the blood sweat and tears of an industry:
 
"This... stuff'? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select... I don't know... that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent... wasn't it who showed cerulean military jackets? ...And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff."
 
My point? Unless you're walking around naked, you can't possibly mock fashion - or us, for liking fashion. Fashion is a tool, and whether you'd admit it or not - you use it everyday, and you're telling the world something about yourself. That's the power of fashion, of clothing. It's just the way it is.
 
 



 
xxx
 


4 comments:

  1. Hey Nastassja,
    Oh how you spoke to me! Before I turned 30 I was one of those people that didn't have a care in the world about fashion or finding my personal style. I just wore whatever I felt comfortable in and I thought people who made the effort to dressed up were superficial and clearly had too much money. I would go for years without buying new clothes for myself! I used to wear my clothes and shoes... to DEATH. Oh how I swallowed my words the day I took back my power and decided I to start taking my personal style more seriously. So I during the early days of my first "public" blog at raylene.co.za I started to experiment and it has grown me into a completely different person! I never realized that fashion and the way you dress has everything to do with how you are perceived by others but most importantly, how you are perceived by YOURSELF! I have grown so much more confident, not only in my style, but also as a person. I have never looked back since and the journey continues...
    Much love, Raylene xoxo (now blogging at http://www.scarletaura.com)
    P.S. That quote from Miranda is just epic.

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    1. Raylene, I second that in every way 100%! I actually use to frown upon certain trends and think people who went with it were silly. So glad I'm out of that narrow mindset!

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  2. Love everything about this post! Love you hair here, love your fab bag, and especially love the AMAZING Miranda Priestly quote (possibly my fave part of the movie!).

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