I Have A Thing For Clothing Pt. 1
So, my whole life I’ve been in choirs and bands and theatres and visual art classes. I would say I’m a pretty artistic person. (What is art without experience? Wow, I just blew my own mind) Better explained, I’m obsessed with making things sound and look nice. I am a perfectionist and that runs in my family. With that being said, I think that is why I am drawn to fashion. Now, I’m not super super into fashion. Like, I don’t know every designer yet just by looking at something. I am often cast aside IF and when I meet someone else that has a thing for it. I can recognize Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Chanel, etc, anywhere, simply because my last job included selling a variety of Versace stuff. Not to mention my whole life I’ve heard those names ‘cause my mother has always been stellar dressed. [We were never rich but she always had something of monetary value on her person]. Designers I’ve discovered in the past two years that have really caught my eye are the extremely unique Thierry Mugler, Olivier Theyskens (unf), Jean Paul Gautier, and McQueen; One thing they all have in common is the very distinct qualities that make every item of theirs easily identifiable… as assumed and expected of any true artist.
Those are all big names, I guess. I’m sure if I tried to relate to someone who knows what they’re talking about I’d look like an idiot. They’d think, “Psh. Lady Gaga fan. Typical big designer names. You don’t really know fashion.” Yup, upon the growth of my fanship for Lady Gaga I’ve also become a little more fashionably knowledgeable. I’m like, holy crap! I love what she’s wearing. Not only is it unique but I wonder who and where the heck she/they find(s) these amazing clothinz. So, naturally, I look it up and it often goes from there.
I’m also widening my vocabulary as I browse the internet and magazines. For hours on end, since I’ve got the time, I spend many nights staying up late and learning different terms, searchin’ for eye candy. The more I look, the more I change. I think that’s great. The more I look at things online, the more I believe shopping at simpleton stores such as Forever 21, Love Culture, Wet Seal, PacSun, Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, American Eagle, even Hot Topic… is for every other girl out there. Sorry. It’s just not me at all. Just because that is what is available locally doesn’t mean that’s what I should wear. Of course, I’ve gone into those stores with friends an have bought something once in a while but it’s usually accessories or something small. I would never walk into any one of those stores expecting to be inspired to be unique.
If what is meant to be worn by people like me who truly yearn for individuality and perfection happens to be a little more expensive, that’s totally fine. I’ll even travel miles and miles away from where I live just to shop. Stop right there, Bree. Wow. Shut up. The sad thing is, everyone thinks their clothing is unique. I know I am often fooled. No matter where you go, someone somewhere will always have what you have. And honestly, the whole “underground knowledge” attitude has got to go. In everything. Music, fashion, anything and everything artsy. Get it out of here. You should NEVER feel obligated to justify your knowledge. If I like something, I like something. I’ll wear it if and only if I like it. I’ll listen to it iff I like it. I’ve decided to hold my head high above what’s in the norm but I have also been trying to keep from looking like a complete hipster jerk if someone isn’t in the know when it comes to something I like. They’re just not as fortunate as me. That’s as far as your thought process should go, hahaha.
The key is knowing how to wear something. It is all in how you carry yourself! Elegance. Class. Boldness. Confidence. KNOWING WHO YOU ARE. Wait. First of all, know who you are before you get out of bed in the morning. That is when your individualism and uniqueness will be revealed. It’s taken me a couple of awkward teenage years to learn that posture is just as important to the outfit as the clothing is. This is a golden paragraph.
Back to being perfectionist because that’s what this post is all about. (This is me chuckling to myself. Ha.) I believe being a perfectionist and fancying fashion can be a little hypocritical at times. The way I see it is.. Fashion isn’t meant to make sense. It isn’t meant to be methodical (in most cases). Much like great art and music, it is supposed to represent chaos and your mind should dive into an uneasy or odd place when you see it. That is not how my perfectionist self views a lot of things, and that is why I am drawn to the weirdness of it all. I am able maintain a method by not maintaining a method.
Am I completely in the wrong and out of the loop for thinking all of this? Fashion is beyond fashion. Your clothing is what people first see. It really is a representation of who you are on the inside. If I’m going to get into something, there has to be a greater purpose in it somewhere. I’m not into shallow concepts when it comes to things I am most passionate about. Therefore, CLOTHING shouldn’t be separate from my spirituality and mental state. Also, I don’t mean to be a drag or perceived as cocky when someone asks where I buy my clothing and stuff, but I never tell people. I learned this from my mother. Of course, no matter what you do to try and maintain a unique look people will always find a way to copy you. As my mother has instilled in me and has always said, “If you don’t tell them where you get it it’ll be harder for them to copy you.” Baddabing. End of a great post. Thank you for reading.
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