Monday, 29 November 2010

A new dress a day

So everyone is talking about about the 'new attitude to fashion'. Cos fashion these days is out of control. Some high-street chains are doing mid-season ranges and every time you walk into their store there's always something new on the rack.
I love fashion, clothes, shopping, and the combination of all three! But I have WAY too much stuff. My cupboard is full. Literally, now that I share my cupboard space with Mr E I have half the space. We've got shoes tucked in all sorts of odd places and half our clothes are vacuum-packed in Spacebags (a god-sent, but don't get me started on that, I'll become an infomercial). And this after I took suitcases full of clothes to sell at Ij Hallen (an experience in itself). It really made me see just how much I spend on clothes and how some pieces I'd only ever worn once or twice. Shame on me. Thing is though, it does get rather tiring after a while and new items just go into the black hole that is my wardrobe, some never to be seen again.
So this year I decided to try and drastically cut back my spend on clothes. I did pretty well in the first half of the year, though slipped a bit now with the need for more winter warm clothes and sensible shoes. But on the whole, I've been a lot better. I have a few friends doing the same thing, cutting back or simply going the entire year without buying anything. Hat's off to you, ladies, I'm mightly impressed. There are people out there taking a stand in very creative ways, like the crew behind Uniform Project and LBD:AMS: last Saturday's wonderful Amsterdam Fashion Week event by Pi only goes to support the fact that there are a growing number of women are becoming smarter about how they shop and more creative about how they style themselves.
Which brings me, finally, to today's post which after these images you must be curious if you've read this far. A New Dress a Day is a blog by Marisa Lynch. This is genius. Here's the dealio in Marisa's words: "I’m going to be spending the entire year without doing an ounce of traditional clothing shopping. Each day for the entire year, I'm going to introduce a new piece into my existing wardrobe that I've found from these places. On top of this, I‚'m giving myself a budget of $1 a day." Totally insane. Totally love it. Read more here.
She goes on to say "The thing that makes this girl happiest is scouring flea markets, vintage stores and garage sales [I hear ya, sista] for the perfect pieces to add to my wardrobe. I love finding vintage goodies that may not fit me perfectly or translate well with the current state of fashion and then make them work on me. (thank you Tim Gunn – “make it work” has become my mantra) I get out my trusty sewing machine to change hems, cut sleeves and tweak to transform a low budget piece that had it’s moment back in 1976 and give it another shot today, decades later. I have to say that whenever I wear my handmade pieces, I always get complimented and the best part is getting to tell everyone that I bought it for $1 and just shortened it, dyed it or cinched it to make it chic and current." How cool is that?!
And I'm blogging about it now as today is the last day so see the results of one girl's amazing fashion journey here. I've selected a few of my favourite transformations for you throughout this post. I so wish I could sew like that! But even without that skill, it certainly provides a lot of inspiration and food for thought. You can follow A New Dress A Day's on Facebook here.
I'm very curious to see what is next for Ms Melisa... I'm sure it'll be incredible.


Ashley said...

cool dresses!!! xoxo

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