|Alexi Lubomirski for Harper's Bazaar|
Forgive the long preamble: I'm studying The House of Bernarda Alba (or La Casa de Bernarda Alba in its original form) by Frederico Garcia Lorca at the moment - it's a play centering around a mother and her five unmarried daughters in a claustrophobic Spanish town. It's known as 'a tragedy of the women of Spain', in which the women are oppressed by the patriarchal society. This is represented buy the fact that these women are kept contained inside their mother's house, all of them dressed in black against the white background, making everything strikingly monochromatic. As soon as any of them try to break out from this, for instance when the youngest sister wears a green dress, the others inform on her or enforce the tyranny of the household. While the play was written prior to the Spanish civil war, there are certainly strong indications that this was a statement about the oppression of the fascist movement. However, I think that by using the green dress as a symbol of rebellion and freedom, Lorca was referencing a universal idea. Controlling what people wear is often a symbol for the control of all their other rights to do, think, and say as they please.
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|Anna Dello Russo|
|Photo from the No More Page 3 Tumblr|
Of course, for those of us with a limited income, it can often feel like it's easy to get excited about those gorgeous, unattainable items which we can never afford, while things within our price-range tend to be a bit boring. Well, if that's the way you feel, try going a while without buying anything new. I haven't been purchasing much lately, and I think it's actually helped me to feel excited about even the most basic new piece. I think there is a major problem with our consumerist society in that we are so used to having new things that the excitement wears off and it's difficult to stay passionate about any new clothes for a long time, leading us to just buy more and more. Going cold turkey for a month or so is a great way to rediscover the pure and simple joy of buying something special. Plus, you'll have saved a load of money so might be able to invest in something you've been lusting after for ages - much better than a quick fix of whatever's on sale!
|Save up for an investment piece instead of just buying anything - form The Coveteur|
That's all for now. Just remember: fashion is about enjoying yourself and being enthusiastic about what you're wearing. If you're just following the lead of a fashion trend you're not really that into, then surely the way you wear your clothes will be different, because people will be able to tell that you aren't confident in your style. Have fun and stay passionate about fashion!
|David Dunan for Blanco|