In my last post I referred to the conundrum we all face about the dissonance between what we get presented by the fashion press and design community, and what our reality requires of us. But there is more, so much more to that conundrum.
We get presented a vision of living, where an endless parade of newness overflows into our inboxes daily. We get shown a plethora of options, most of them of higher price than we would like, that urge us to spend, spend, spend. And we get told time and again that last season's things are so passe' that we dare not be seen in them, so second hand stores bulge with perfectly wearable clothes, that never really needed to be discarded. I know this for fact since the vast majority of my wardrobe is, frankly, second hand.
I, you, we, want to have apparel we like and that serves us well, not only for its utility, but for its ability to enhance us. At the same time we are also cognizant of living in a world where resources continue to be more limited each day, so the idea of a vast wardrobe of ultimately disposable things stops feeling right. What happens, at least for me, is that when I look a high fashion image, which I do daily, I find less and less connection to it outside of a theoretical understanding of objective beauty, or an appreciation of the design concept shown.
So I will leave you with these questions to ponder, both for yourself and for our larger society.
What constitutes an appropriately sized wardrobe?
Should we routinely bring more consideration to the selection of our clothes?
What can we as individuals do to offset, or change the direction we have been going in for so long now.
And if we are to live smaller, how do we re-employ the millions who would lose work as a result?
Honestly, when I think on how huge this issue is, it makes my head hurt.