Believe it or not, despite having a secondhand wardrobe so bare it is contained within two fabric bins and ten hangers, I actually enjoy fashion. Cozy hoodies, flowery kimonos, skinny jeans, puffy jackets . . . they all serve a purpose and assist us every day in serving ours.
But on the spectrum of thoughtless slobbishness all the way to narcissistic preening, where’s the sweet spot when it comes to our posture toward clothes? What’s the perfect balance of frugality, function, and self-expression . . . or is this discussion overthinking it by nature?
Somehow, I think there’s a way to be liberated from clothes and yet enjoy the beauty, utility, and comfort they bring to our daily lives.
So enjoy the following gleaning of recent reads on, let’s say, liberated fashion:
Hammock Reads January 2018: Fashion
You’re Doing the ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ Wrong, Kelly Dougherty, Fashion . . . Streamlining and simplicity, or “curating” pieces and constant shopping?
A Definitive Guide to Minimalist Fashion, Sarah Anne Hayes, No Sidebar . . . Capsules, fast fashion, ethical clothing, travel packing, and finding your own style, this post has it all, with a wealth of terrific links.
My Year of No Shopping, Ann Patchett, The New York Times . . . “Once I got the hang of giving shopping up, it wasn’t much of a trick. The trickier part was living with the startling abundance that had become glaringly obvious when I stopped trying to get more.”
Why Smart People Don’t Wear Fast Fashion or High-End Designer Clothes, Kara Lane, Karalane.com . . . Finding the sweet spot in quality and price to reduce headaches and save your hard-earned money.
People are Buying Fewer Clothes, For Very Good Reasons, Katherine Martinko, Treehugger . . . Eight key trends of the New Consumerism and why skinny jeans are still popular after a decade.
How to Make an Infinity Wrap Dress, See Cate Create . . . Inspiration and pattern for sewing your own modest infinity dress with bandeau top. A beautiful, versatile garment.
There you have it, hammock readers. It’s time for me to retire for the evening in my snap flannel shirt and Uganda elephant pants purchased at our neighborhood coffee shop.
Along the way, what’s your fashion philosophy?