It took pretty much all of my limited Photoshop ability to make this image…
(Really old) top from Hong Kong, skirt from Mum, tights from Target, sandals borrowed from my sister, necklace from Big Day Out and bracelet from I can’t remember where.
Wow, I guess I just realised that this outfit is really cheap. The only parts of it I bought are the tights and the necklace. I probably should get some sandals like these ones, I’m only able to “borrow” these ones from my sister because she happens to be away on holiday at the moment! The skirt is something my Mum picked up at a Rotary Club sale. She hemmed it and sewed in an elastic waistband. This is the first time I’ve worn it because I usually stay away from floral prints.
Actually this whole outfit is quite unlike me. The florals, the combination of the dark purple tights with the lighter colours above. I attribute my experimental mood today to inspiration from all the style blogs I’m following. Truly though, fashion blogs really inspire me. I never buy magazines anymore. It’s so much more interesting to see examples of real creativity. I also find the fashion in magazines tends to be really consumer-oriented, whereas I think a really interesting sense of style doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.
Today someone asked me why I think people care about what they wear. I said that because you wear your clothes all the time, they become part of how you and others perceive yourself. Even people who don’t put much effort into their clothes stick to a certain palette of colours, or a certain style. My friend said that he watched a documentary which argued that our practical need for clothes and objects was deliberately turned into an emotional need in a push towards capitalism and consumption. I guess I can agree with that. We do live in a very capitalist society. But I feel that dressing oneself is a form of self-expression. It can be fun and imaginative and it doesn’t have to be all about needing to buy the latest STUFF.
Okay, sudden moment of contemplation over. Say hello to my dog.