This week, thanks to Mother Nature (a 20 degree temperature drop in a day???), I haven't been able to wear anything that could really take me from the AM to PM without either removing many layers or just freezing. This weekend, I'm hoping to replicate the above look (save for the backpack, which I have yet to find). You can never go wrong with a blazer, jeans, and loafers.
I hold this photo, taken in February 2013, close to my heart because I think it accurately depicts the essence of follet. For one, I'm wearing layers of black, which by now, should be synonymous with this blog and my style. The other, less obvious reason lies within what I'm wearing and my philosophy on fashion. I've always been a proponent of the Cost/Wear idea; divide the cost of the item by the number of projected uses to determine whether it makes sense to purchase. By the same token, the pieces featured in the photo have endured countless wears (probably one too many, giving off the impression that I don't own much else). With that mentality though, I'm now less of an impulsive shopper than I was years back. The number of bags replete with clothes for donation to the Salvation Army has dwindled in the past few years, a sign of wiser and more timeless purchases (I hope). I still remember that neon blue dress and the acid orange jacket- what was I thinking?
I could also say that the transformation is due to the rise of e-commerce and digital media. The ability for me to scour the web for extensive product information and "showroom" (see this article in Forbes) has allowed me to sleep on important purchasing decisions and determine the items that I really want.
After all that is said and done though, I will always be a fashion girl at heart- just with a different mindset.
I've always embraced the idea of a "raw" look, one with minimal makeup, effort and styling involved, but its execution has always been somewhat of an issue seeing as I prefer not to a) part with my trusty eyeliner/mascara, and b) walk around with slicked back, oily-like hair. Of course, I can always dream, and that's what I will do with the latest i-D cover.