Controversial opinion here:
What if I supported bloggers getting free stuff?
Ignore your visceral feelings of disgust for one moment while I explain.
How many times have you come across an item that matches your style so fully, that it's difficult to imagine it wasn't actually created in your honor?
Now, answer me this (those of you without a sizable inheritance or personal clothing line exempted) : How many times have you then discovered that said item falls far enough out of your price range so as to be laughable?
50 trillion gajillion.
50 trillion gajilliion times have I looked upon an item with lust so tangible, I might as well be oozing with desperation.
Unfortunately, for say maybe, 49 trillion gajillion of these embarrassing displays of materialism,
I've had to walk away empty-handed.
Committed to finding the closest acceptable interpretation of this perfect piece,
I manically scour fast-fashion sites, typically to no avail.
Every once in a while, though, I'll fall upon a variation similar enough to satisfy a small part of my lust without being obnoxiously knock-offy. Afterall, Zara does offer some superior takes on designer trends.
But I'm sure you know as well as I do, that there will always be a remnant of regret for the original - The authentic version that incited the mad dash for mimicry - that so accurately represented my inner self in sartorial form.
Which brings me to my dilemma;
If NOT having an item is what ultimately betrays my true sense of style, then wouldn't receiving it for free be more honest? Wouldn't embodying my real aesthetic be more truthful than coming "as close as I could get"?
If style really is about an individual's innate attraction to certain pieces, I'd think that owning and displaying those pieces (and not their close-but-no-cigar imitators) would be ideal.
So how do we (well, not me. Too much free stuff is not my problem) find the line between accepting free things that bring us closer to our desired style, and then just accepting something because it's free?
A new pair of shoes can fix anything - but should they? If we wouldn't have selected them in the first place, it's probably not a good idea to struggle with incorporating them into our wardrobe simply for the sake of placating the "gifter".
Even it could provide an awesome chance to channel some Tim Gunn-esque make-it-workage.
|shoes: Tildon, skirt: Anthropologie, shirt: Gap, watch: La Mer, ring: Paris market|
What do you think? Is it up to brands to push bloggers out of their comfort zones? And if so, how can we really have respect for an individual's true personal style?
PS: Pictures meant to illustrate that these shoes are not Alexander Wang. Why I felt compelled to also include photos of my face is probably an issue for another post.
PS2: How gorgeous are my feet??
I'm so, so sorry.
photos by sheeds.
photos by sheeds.