Fashion vs Personal Style

Right at this time fashion weeks are roaring through the fashion capitols of the world. Have you lost your passion for fashion yet?

Now that we have entered 2020 I want to dare to ask the question, do we really need fashion at all? 

Fashion is per definition in the dictionary «a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour.»

Fast fashion is a concept supported by the companies that wants you to buy more and more to ensure continuous finacial growth. It is designed so it can keep us coming back for more. A lot of it is made of bad quality fabrics, seasonal trend colors, cuts, volumes, patterns and prints. It’s all made so you have to change your whole wardrobe frequently. Fashion also gets to decide who is HOT and who is NOT. It’s how we can separate the rich from the poor. The cool from the uncool. 

We need to start talking less about what is in fashion and more about personal style. We are all responsible for saving our planet, and to ensure our children have future. Now is time we clean up the mess, and start making changes. The way we think, behave and spend our money can make a huge difference. 

It is predicted that second hand shopping will grow and make up to 1/3 of the closet within 10 years.

This also means that people will become more creative with their clothing, reusing what they have, altering, redesinging, repearing and swapping. Building a wardrobe instead of throwing half the closet every season. 

The shift can start as soon as we start having a conversation about personal style instead of what is in fashion. 

This is a shirt I got from Fornebu Gjenbruk, a great local thriftstore. It has my colors, and is perfectly fitted my shape. I had a lot of fun redesigning it.

To me it is important to focus on the solutions rather than keep repeating the same problems. I belive if we switch our mindset from fashion to style we actually have a solution.

Style is defined as «a particular of doing or saying something, or refers to a unique form of clothing or way of arranging your appearance. An example of style is the way a person expresses themselves using what they are wearing.»

By switching our mindset from fashion to personal style, we will use our clothes much longer and only purchase new items when we really need them. (Insert quality items). But only when we start valuing our clothes and the work that goes into making then will we see a real and lasting change. (Try making a piece of clothing for yourself). That means purchasing quality clothes that can last for generations. Loving our clothes. We need to bring back the mentality from our grandparents. Take care of our clothes, reuse what you already have, and when its broken mend or redesign it. I belive there used to be a lot more pride in a personal collection of clothes, filled with quality items. Your grandparents had worked very hard to purchase their clothes or even made them their selves. Inheriting something like a quality dress or a suit could be seen as a big deal and a real honour.

I absolutely love this picture. It went viral some years ago, This is an interview with some school kids about the fact that we that don’t have school uniforms here in Norway. The kids are very sceptic to the consept of school uniforms, becouse then they couldn’t keep their personal style.

The creativity to updress clothes for festiveties was usually based around one dress or a suit, and using styling and acessories to make it more festive. Attatching removable collars and cuffs to dress up an everyday outfit. Using Belts, neclases, scarves, ribbons to spice it up. Repurpousing an old piece of clothing, like the wedding dress by redesigning it and dying it black. Then it could be used as a mourning dress 🖤

My grandparents did take care of their clothes because resourses where little. I believe we should do the same to save our planet and reduse our own footprint. 🌍 Some say that this environmental caring is just a trend and will pass soon. But I don’t think caring for our earth is a trend. Its brought on by deep care and concern. If we act now, we can actually make a change.

Personal style is something that doesn’t depend on what season we are in and what someone decides is considered fashion now. It is based on who you feel inside as a person and how you want to portray yourself. It is art, it is beauty.

When we start to develop a personal style, it is easier to create a wardrobe that will last you for years. That would be the base of a sustainable wardrobe for the 2020´s.

https://www.wiego.org/informal-economy/occupational-groups/garment-workers

https://www.scirp.org/Html/4-8301582_17027.htm

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/textile-wastewater

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/19/17800654/clothes-plastic-pollution-polyester-washing-machine

The mending way

I try to fix things before I buy new stuff. This is good for the planet and good for the wallet. By enhancing the lifespan of a product we create less trash ❤

I have a very active 5 year old boy that ruins clothes and shoes in record speed. Seriously. This time it was his sandals that we now use as indoor slippers in kindergarten.

I will just show you a easy fix I did for this.

The velcro got broken, just totally worn down. I could change the velcro with a new one, but that is a lot of work becouse I would have to change both sides of the velcro. (Did I mention that I am lazy) Instead it’s much easier to just add a snap button ❤ and still easy enough for a 5 year old to put on, and will be solid enough for more action

What I used for the fix (old metal snaps from my grandmother), thick thread (jeans thread), needle, sissors and a thimble.

To be able to sew through leather or fake leather it’s so important to have a thicker sewing needle and metal thimble. First I trimmed the velcro down, especially where the snap button was going to be placed. Then I sewed it on and used the thimble to force the needle through the leather. Sewing each point of the metal snaps 3 times and fastening the thread several times before cutting it in the end. Very easy and done in just 30 min.

Looks pretty enough on the outside right? Inside not so much. But you know? My 5 year old doesn’t care, and the point that I actually mended it prevails the beauty of my stitches. I think many of us don’t try to mend becouse of the fear that it is going to look perfect. There is a lot of beauty and history in the imperfect. Another thing is that no-one will evver notice your crooked stitches. Feel proud of your mending, becouse you used of your time and you actually did it ❤ I do! Would you give mending a try?