Working in a large corporate office, I always feel that other people have a much larger wardrobe than me. I pay attention to what other people wear and it seems like some of my co-workers never repeat their office attire. I forgot to mention: I’ve been working for the same company for almost three years.
While I admire diversity in clothing, I definitely do not agree with such an approach to dressing. In my opinion, having 365 blouses is not synonymous with having good taste. Instead, it is an indication of consumerism gone wild.
To pick an outfit that really matters to you is a form of self expression that can rise to the level of art with enough effort; it takes time and talent. In opposition, to consume a piece of clothing is easy and does not require any mental effort: You pick it and wear it, and the next day it no longer matters. In my opinion, the fine line between being stylish and being addicted to fashion lies on how you approach fashion. If you treat dressing yourself as art, you are most likely a person with unique personal style. If you shop for the sake of shopping, you simply have a lot of clothing; don’t even try to call yourself a fashionista.
Many people are surprised when they see how small my wardrobe is. I really do not have a lot of pieces of clothing; however, I regularly wear all of the pieces from my collection. For me, an outfit that is never worn is a horrible waste. That is why I always make sure that I am really in love with the piece of clothing that I am purchasing; otherwise, I just don’t buy it.
I’ve been interested in the psychological aspect of consumerism for quite some time now. I feel that the way we are shopping and what we decide to buy says a lot about the person. Of course, we are all obsessed and in love with new trendy clothing, but what’s important is which pieces we actually bring home and make our own.
What do you think about people that are trying to wear a new, non-repeatable outfit every day? Do you think that overconsumption is one of the biggest problems in our society?
P.S.—During the years of my interest in the problems of consumerism, I read some very inspiring books that really help to understand this phenomenon. My favorites are Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline and Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H Naylor. Give these books a try, they totally worth your attention!