The New Fashion Aesthetics

BARE is turning a new and exhilarating chapter, and that means fashion is there to follow. As we sadly observe the fall of the industry, from Bill Blass’ failed Ready to Wear to
Vera Wang’s no-show in fall, I think it’s safe to be reminded that we need to shop shrewdly and effectively.

This by no means is a trend post – actually quite the opposite. I’m sure that saving money was listed as one of the top five resolutions for 2009, but how is this possible with the mass amount of sales happening year round? To put it simply, we as consumers must change the way we think about fashion; internalize the disregarded maxim of “quality over quantity”; and put more thought than ever into what we wear.

Realistically, we cannot think that high-waisted jean shorts will become a staple piece at the turn of the decade. Personal trends tend to lean more neutral as we grow with maturity. By taking these various factors in mind, it may be smarter, especially at our financial situations, to invest in one quality pencil skirt than a few provocative pieces. Ask yourself if the durability of the cloth and stitching is reliable enough to withstand your hours of stretch. Picture yourself wearing this garment in the future as well as the present.

Now I see how difficult it can be to invest in a $395 blazer (Elizabeth and James, when that can amount to a spree at Forever 21. That is why I’m a firm believer of the 30 Day Rule - where you wait out an investment piece for 30 days to see if you still lust it after the grace period. If during that time you were squirming in your seat to see if that jacket went on sale, it looks like it would be a worthy purchase.

The most reasonable way to survive this depression may be to be more hands-on with your clothes. A wave of bloggers have recently started a DIY (do-it-yourself) phenomena, turning doubtable pieces into something completely in style. Though it may be strenuous to start, begin with baby steps (like applying studs
) and you may eventually start altering your own clothes.

Looking back at the [Great] Depression, we saw one of the most arguably drastic fashion trends develop. Hollywood glamour was epitomized and new dress patterns were developed. The lesson there is that the key to surviving a strain in the wallet is to be optimistic during the most pessimistic of times.

John Kim
BARE Editor

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