When I was younger and I thought about getting older – which meant something like ‘being 30 or over’ – I wondered what I would look like at that ripe old womanly age. Would I wear my hair short? I don’t think sooo. Would I have a completely different look like very colourful, or long dresses and skirts, or maybe just grey and black? Or did or do you ever hear people say: “You really can’t wear THAT at that age!” That THAT could be anything but mostly it was a referral to something short, low cut or very stretchy or tight. Over the years we all age and our ideas about what you can and cannot wear at a certain age most of the time age too. I am 38 years old now and I’m going on 40 and I wonder sometimes if I should make any changes at a certain age and what age that would be. And how would I do that because I also notice I still have pretty much the same taste as I had 10 or 15 years ago…
For both of us there was one big change in the last couple of years when it comes to dressing and fashion: from buying only fast fashion (Gap, H&M, Mango, Zara and so on) we changed to sustainable and ethical fashion and even second-hand clothes. And I bought a lot less clothes. I used to be a real shopaholic and it was a challenge at first. I enjoyed shopping a lot and now I don’t really shop for fun so much anymore. It was also not really saving as slow fashion is more expensive than the clothes I used to buy. But the fair fashion clothes last longer and you buy less so for yourself you break even. It’s a win win for the environment and for the people who receive fair wages.
While we are now ‘stuck’ on what is available in fair fashion, our style of clothes hasn’t really changed that much over the years. Last Saturday, when ‘shopping’ in Bremen, Anneloes mentioned that she thinks it’s kind of frustrating sometimes that the clothes we can now choose from do not always match with her taste and almost every item has a high neckline for instance. Very cool and trendy clothing is not available in fair fashion like for instance the leather look leggings that are in fashion now. They might not be so timeless and therefore not well suitable to slow fashion. But something like a cullotte, which is available, is way too expensive as for us it is actually a ‘fast fashion’ item and we would not pay €160 for such an item that we would only wear 1 or 2 seasons. We would have bought it at H&M for €30 though.
In the intro picture and the picture above I featured some looks I could wear anytime and even in the past 15 years have worn in a slightly different style. These looks are timeless, classic and feminine. They also are very slow fashion: high quality, not belonging to a certain year, sometimes basic and also fresh and a bit sporty.
Personally I think that the looks we show you above are perfect for a large group of women: if you are 25 or 55 you would probably look good in this. And if you know what your style is, and you dress well according to your figure, I think you can wear anything you like if you feel good in it and can show that feeling to the world. Always make sure your clothes fit well, are clean and comfortable and that they suit your plans for that day. I am rather boring when it comes to colour (look at my chosen looks!) – lots of dark blue, green, black, white, grey… but I find it much easier to style with color in my accessories. I love oker yellow and have a handbag in that colour and also a shawl. When it comes to clothes I’d rather buy something I will still love and wear as much in 5 years as I do now. And if I’m suddenly 50 or 60 and still have the same clothes? If I feel good in them and look good in them that’s perfect. Wear what feels good to you and what makes you feel good about yourself. What do you think?
PS The looks from the intro picture are from the spring 2017 Armed Angels collection and the looks from the second picture are from the Spring 2017 People Tree collection.