After reading Garance Dore blog this morning and finally receiving, my new book by the Sartorialist it started to make me think about style.
I loved Scott story (aka the sartorialist), that she shared on her 9 to 5 post. It really inspired me. It is underneath if some of you still don’t look at Garance wonders (aka her blog).
“Soon after I started my blog, Style.com invited me to my first fashion week in Milan. I knew there was a chance I would never go again. So I had to make a big impact quick.
I didn’t want to be confused with a pit photographer. I wanted to be seen as an editor who told his story with pictures.
Because money was tight I asked a good friend to borrow some money (investing half the money in the wardrobe and half in camera equipment) because of my years of experience in the business I felt confident that making that investment was the thing that would set me apart.”
As I work in retail, I am very lucky as I get to wear an uniform. I like it as I don’t stress out every morning with the eternal question, what the hell am I going to wear today? (and less laundry too!)
I do like Garance idea of dressing for the job that you want, not the job that you have. This is what I am slowly starting to do. It’s funny because I sometime feel like no one understands me, but then reading her blog I discover I am not alone. I have an habit of saving and then buy special pieces that are classic and that can be worn with everything. What I tend to do is I get a box or pot (some jam pot or box from la Duree) and label it and start putting all the coins and notes. I tend to collect shoes mainly and few handbags. Ok I do have shoe addiction, and collect them (since my 16-17 birthday). However I recently now started to invest in pieces I think kind of fall in the category of the job you want.
As I would like to be print designer and as well create my own brand of printed scarfs (and other things later on in the future), I started to invest in beautiful pieces like this gorgeous silk Louis Vuitton scarf made in collaboration with the artist Yayoi Kusama.
I liked it so much! As I work opposite Louis Vuitton, this scarf was looking at me everyday! I don’t tend to buy anything from them usually. But as an artist, I love Kusama’s work and loved loved ok really loved her collaboration. I just kept thinking but it’s a special piece that can be worn at any ages. I still can wear it when I am 80 years old! And it won’t loose it’s value. that’s how I shop my dear. As we all end up aging not fitting in the clothes anymore and getting fed up. so make you life easier.
It kind of make sense to build a wardrobe that works for you but also that allow you to dream and build your confidence in who you want to become.
Here to finish a little quote from Scott Schuman:
“The myth of effortless chic… There is no such thing as effortless chic. If you are secretly harboring the dream that some day you will be able to consistently, thoughtlessly reach in your closet and pull out a super chic ensemble, well, you are fighting a no-win battle with yourself.
The most stylish people I know have spent lifetimes searching for what complements their body shape, their professional and personal lifestyle, local climate and how much they can reasonably budget for this pursuit. Let me stress that this is not about how much money they have, but how attuned they are to their reality. It’s an almost zen-like sense of self-awareness. They don’t obsess daily about what they wear but they all tend to be cautious shoppers. They make the tough decisions in the dressing room, not in their closet. It stands to reason that if you only fill your closet with what works then just grabbing things from that closet will be a million times easier…hence the perception of ‘effortlessness'”
Page 183 of The Sartorialist Closer by Scott Schuman