Fashion: a prevailing custom or style of dress
Philosophy: a system of principles for guidance in practical affairs
Reality (philosophy definition): something that exists independently of ideas concerning it
Fashion: I love pretty things, but I don’t want to look like everyone else.
Philosophy: Clothing affects how others perceive you and may even affect how you perceive yourself.
Reality: I have a tiny non-essential budget ($50 a month).
What Does Affordable Fashion Mean?
Is it possible to build a fashion conscious wardrobe with that budget? According to the fashion magazines I read it is not possible. I disagree. This blog is all about looking great in the real world.
Affordable Fashion is turning into quite the popular phrase. A lot of fashion magazines focus on the fantastical (a $82,000 brooch) and the merely expensive (watches ranging from $425-$9,950). As fun as these items may be to look at they are impossible to fit into a sensible, working person’s budget.
Fashion editors and talk show hosts have decided they might increase their readership and viewership if they provided more options applicable to women who operate on a budget, unfortunately, their idea of a budget does not translate into my real world. A two hundred dollar outfits does not equal “affordable fashion” even if Tyra Banks says it does. If I had her salary perhaps I could consider that affordable.
How about Oprah’s “Fall Fashion Steals?” All items are under $100, which is pocket change to Oprah, but for me a $58 dollar scarf is only a fashion steal if I literally stole it. The $25 dollar ballet flats from Old Navy I can consider, however, I know they’ll probably be on sale soon (which they currently are for $9.99).
One of the blogs on the Lucky Magazine online site is Elise Loehnen’s. She writes about “style steals.” She wants a pricey leather jacket but isn’t sure she’ll get enough use out of it. Her solution is to buy the cheap ($128!) version first. Thrifty – I don’t think so. In the same vein the “Under $150 Bag Guide” or the “Fall Classics Under $100” from the September 2008 issue do not make my heart leap for joy.
So what is a “I-have-$50-dollars-and-want-to update-my-wardrobe-girl-to-do? Stay tuned!