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Monday Muses: Yves Saint Laurent

Fashion quote by Yves Saint Laurent

Happy Monday! Yes, I used “happy” and “Monday” in the same sentence. Maybe it’s the coffee talking, or maybe it’s the Kit Kats.

After witnessing quite the array of Halloween costumes this weekend, I’ve been thinking about costumes in the content of fashion.

I’ve been thinking about fashion quite a lot today — perusing Reddit, monitoring current fashion trends, and trying to think about how I would describe my style.

Aren’t clothes just a costume we wear as well? A way of displaying who we are, who we want to be, or, even, who we have to be? Are we buying clothes because we want to look a certain way or follow a certain trend, or are we buying clothes because we want to look our best?

When it comes to fashion, I used to be fascinated with trends and keeping up with “fast fashion.” Spending mostly on trend pieces and forgoing long-last I used to shop primarily at large retailers, where I bought clothes that were “cool” and “in,” only to never bring them out of my closet again next season.

I was reflecting on this quote by Yves Saint Laurent, a French fashion designer who introduced “le smoking,” or the male-inspired woman’s tuxedo in 1966. Pretty badass.

Yves Saint Lauren 1966

Researching Yves Saint Laurent made me realize how meandering fashion is and how long-lasting style is. Style is a persona, how you carry yourself, and how you show your true self. No one asks, “What’s your fashion?” Instead, they ask, “What’s your style?”

The female tuxedo suit is still a classic, timeless piece that many women today own. The piece is fashionable, but it’s also a piece of “classic style.” These versatile pieces are great staples many women own, but why? The classic piece took one giant step for women-kind, and it is still as chic today and it was then. And that’s what style’s all about.

I’ve seen plenty of clothes from stores that cost a small (or large) fortune, and I don’t even understand how the pieces are supposed to be worn. Not to mention, how are they worn? What goes where? I’ve bought pieces from inexpensive stores that I wear for years and years (and luckily, they survive all those washings). I also find it hard to resist buying something I truly love, even if it costs a little more than I’d like to spend. If I know that I’ll actually wear it and it’ll be worth the money, I’m willing to buy it. (Bonus: You can find some great staples at thrift stores, and I frequent Buffalo Exchange in Philadelphia more than any other store.)

Luckily, I don’t have to adhere to a dress code of any kind, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look professional in certain appropriate settings.

When I feel mopey and upset, I can instantly feel better by dressing myself up in one of my favorite outfits. And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that.

What’s your take on fashion versus style? Leave me a comment below, or let me know on Facebook or Twitter!

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