going wild with my pattern mixing here
What with stripes and polka dots, and leopard print sunnies… Actually, it doesn’t look that bad, does it? Or even particularly wild, for that matter?
Anyway, it’s late summer, and I’m beginning to feel that I’ve featured all my summer clothes so many times that even I’m bored with them.
Of course, there are some quite a few summer clothes in my wardrobe that haven’t seen the light of day at all this summer. But they were featured extensively last summer. Or the summer before that. Besides, I just wasn’t in the mood for them, even outside the blog.
So yes, I have a lot of unworn clothes in my closet. Doesn’t everyone? Wouldn’t it make sense to get rid of them, then?
Well, yes and no. Some clothes are clearly one-season hits and should be donated to charity when you get tired of them. I try not to have too many of these. You know, fast fashion is waste of money, bad for the environment etc.
But then there are clothes that are ‘classics’ (summer dresses), or designer finds. And no, I’m not getting rid of those, even if I’m not wearing them at the moment. Because I know that when it comes to clothes, my preferences come and go.
I mean, I always have my ‘favourite-of-the-moment‘. And I know from experience that I may ‘rediscover’ hidden gems in my own closet: something I haven’t worn for ages suddenly feels new and fresh again. So yes, I keep some (at the moment) unworn clothes hanging in my closet, waiting to be rediscovered one day.
This summer I’ve been all about the basics: loose trousers, t-shirts, anything simple and uncomplicated. And kaftan dresses (because of the prolonged heatwave). What will it be next summer? Well, who knows.
Style is constant, for sure, in the sense that you may have your own, recognisable signature style. But style is also cyclical: what goes around, comes around. Not just when it comes to trends, as far as personal preferences are concerned, too. You may revisit some old, long ago abandoned favourites (or momentary whims) from time time, and then move on to something completely new, only to come back to the tried and tested yet again.
My point is, quality never goes out of style. So hang on to those ‘special’ items: the fabulous designer dress, the exquisitely pretty handbag, or the heirloom necklace. You may not feel inspired by them today, but one day they may be just what you need.
And in the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with wearing the good old basics again and again. After all, that’s why they’re called basics: they’re the foundation of your style, something to build on by adding accessories and your personal styling. Besides, with the ever-changing trends and constant barrage of all things ‘new’, we all need to hit pause and get back to basics every once in a while. In a way, the basics in your wardrobe are the reset mode: the clean slate you need to start creating a new look.
linen t-shirt: Esprit / trousers: Zara : bag: Furla /
sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana (old) / shoes: Jenny
location: Lonna (island), Helsinki
How do you feel about wearing the basics?
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