The New Luxury

We all chase after it. Whether it’s traveling the world, a beautiful car, or having the world’s most coveted closet. But in recent years with fashion, having a “luxurious” wardrobe, consisted of owning everything under the sun, of quality of course. Now, it seems the finer things in life have shifted to the opposite spectrum. But that’s what luxury is all about right? The opposite of what the common man can attain? With fast fashion, and cheap knock-offs that can be replicated not only in weeks, but in the matter of days now, why wouldn’t society take advantage? After all, we live in a nation with severe A.D.D. it’s all about, now now now. Or that’s how I see things at least. what is luxuryBut I came across this article, entitled The New Luxury: The Curated Wardrobe, and all of a sudden I realized, subconsciously, I had been removing several pieces at a time from my own closet, because of poor fit, and the fact that it really didn’t represent who I was as an individual. So now, I only own maybe 10 pieces that I have to cleverly pair together to create a complete wardrobe. Dealing with the issue of very limited petite sized options, does make it easier to throw items away, but unfortunately, it did take about 10 years to find those good 10 pieces. But what I found fascinating was the shift in how individuals were now looking at themselves. Where garments used to be an article of clothing to keep us warm, is now being seen as a way to represent ourselves more than ever! This shift in the psychology of retail therapy is so extraordinary. It’s an entirely new focus, paying extreme attention to value, quality, and most importantly the story your wardrobe creates, about you and your life. But how can we as petites step up our style without the options that women 5’7’’ and taller have all around the world and still look like a bombshell. The more I research my direct competition as a petite designer, the more I realize I don’t have any. But out of the very few companies, like Ann Taylor for example, who claim to offer up-to-date trends in petite sizes offer nothing comparable to the beautiful couture that walks the Paris runways.  And it’s time for a change. How can I represent myself as a strong woman, and as a competitive designer if I don’t dress like one without sewing myself my entire wardrobe? It’s time for an intervention with the fashion industry. And they’re getting a swift kick in the ass after they find out about me.

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