Coming off of all the Fashion Revolution Day activities, I think it’s a good time to talk about personal style. Perhaps that was new info for you. It’s alot to take in and can leave a person feeling overwhelmed by the state of things. I’m glad we were able to shine a light and help create demand for better practices. The day may be over, but this coalition is just getting started and here at Styleposium, it’s a cause I love to help champion.
Last Friday I was fast friends with a bartender in love with my clothing. We talked about #fashrev, the seamstresses in her family, found objects, and the art of personal style.
While I was a bit embarrassed to have the rapt attention and adoring praise of this new acquaintance, I was delighted to learn my daily “art project” invoked joy and inspiration in another person.
When I say art project, you might be wondering, just what kind of get-up are you walking around in?! I credit an old acquaintance, Laura Lee, who described the act of dressing as a daily art project you engage the world with. I really love that. When you get dressed or are shopping for something new/new-to-you, what moves you?
So they say we are moving into a post-trend world.
It’s not surprising, since fast fashion institutions are stocking new product every week. That's 52 trends a year! How much satisfaction can being on trend hold, when next week it's on to the next? Are we that insatiable?
I say, bring it ALL on and let this be a golden age of personal style, in which individuality and creativity trump trend. My favorite is when an outfit not only inspires a story as a whole, but uncovers secret histories in the individual pieces: this was my great-grandmother's costume jewelry, this was found in a free-pile! Maybe you bought that jacket because it reminded you of a favorite childhood friend. I have a beautiful blue-green overcoat that I realized months later, it reminded me of my pediatrician's lab coat. Strange, yet comforting...
I leave you with the words of Garance Dore and Natalie Chanin.
This here is a celebration at the intersection of