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My Fashion 2013
By Caleon Reed
Living in a world where new styles are created precipitously, you may quickly feel out of the loop. We are part of the digital age where new styles are constantly being thrown into the mix at all hours of the day by numerous designers, stylists, and average Janes on every social network you can think of. If you’re filthy rich, you might be able to keep up with the ever-changing trends. It’ll only take all of your money and a few personal assistants. So how can a girl get by wearing some vintage duds without looking like yesterday’s yesterday?
If you have an Instagram or Tumblr, I’m sure you’ve noticed a wave of fashionistas who use social media to post their looks. I know my timelines are filled with posts from crisply color-coordinated amateur designers and stylists. Looking at these pics definitely makes me wonder how on earth can they afford to dress this well everyday. Maybe they’re excellent bargain hunters or wealthy, but that doesn’t explain how they’re aware of every new trend the moment it hits the surface. I feel as if I’m missing out on a daily text that sends underhand fashion updates.
But as enticed I am by the many threads and brilliant outfits I see, I can’t jump on the “Follow the trends” bandwagon. I like a few new “It” pieces here and there, but I love a good deal on timeless and vintage items. I feel my style achieves a happy balance between trendy and vintage.
I like to shop everywhere: department stores, thrift stores, outlet stores, etc. When I’m buying shirts or blouses, I can never go wrong racking up at my local thrift store. I’m bound to either find a top I’m absolutely in love with, or one I see potential in with the right statement pieces. My statement pieces usually include nice jewelry that I find at Charlotte Russe, Macy’s, or my mom’s jewelry box.
If I’m buying a new shirt/blouse, I start with the rule of not spending more than $15 (max!) per piece. If I MUST HAVE the piece, I might spend $25 (a rare occasion because I usually talk myself out of most items priced this high).
I’m a little picky when it comes to jeans because I decide based on the fit, cut, and wash. I have so many requirements for jeans because I don’t like to buy them often and need them to last. That being said I purchase most of my jeans new. My choices in jeans are usually classic washes that can go with anything. When I do make that special occasion trendy jean purchase (like the newest skinnier than the last skinnier skinny jean), I’m certain not to buy any with prints that I’ll get tired of easily. Sometimes I luck out at the thrift store and find a nice pair of pants, and I either leave them as is or spruce them up by adding some rips or patches here and there, or a nice neat cuff.
Every now and then I can find a distinctive pair of shoes at a vintage store. If shoes have a jazzy design, bold colors and/or distinctive shape, and if they're marked at a good price, I get them. The rare shoes that I find at vintage store have regularly become the focus of my outfits. This inadvertently works in my favor because it gives the impression that I started my own trend. Other times, I find an online boutique and choose shoes with a trendy “girly-girl” look (usually heels).
Having both a selection of vintage and current pieces, I get kudos as well as unique outfits. Thanks to my mix-match way of choosing my outfits, I rarely have to worry about being in that awkward situation where you see someone wearing your exact outfit. Most importantly I’ve learned when you mix up your wardrobe, you create your own style. After a while it's inevitable to become more comfortable with your own individual style and gain more confidence in yourself overall.