The war behind the labels: the designer (or lack of) tag. Many may hold these clothes closer to their hearts (and safes) then others, calling to the names of their wardrobe as if they are already on a first-name basis.
Is there any reason to be a label-hunter and a brand-groupie? Honestly, no.
Does that prevent anybody from coveting over this year’s season of Diane Von Fusternberg or Chanel? No.
For all the money that this designers ask you to write out of your checkbooks, there are a few reasons why it may just be worth it. Traditionally, the material is higher quality. The cashmere may be softer; the cotton less ‘itchy’. Classically, the structure of the apparel is more flattering; the darts in the right places, perfectly stitched lines, lining that is suppose to fit like second skin. Designer clothing, in general, is suppose to flatter the body more, and be constructed of high-quality materials.
Is it worth it to purchase a white button down that cost upwards of five hundred dollars? Perhaps. Is it worth it knowing our economy, price bracket as young adults, and general budgeting? Of course not.
The beauty of designer label’s and brands is the inspiration they provide the fashion industry with. Those couple thousand Jimmy Cho heels that have been on the display for months? A similar style will produce by another company in a timely manner. This is also shown in apparel spectrum: dresses, blazers, oxfords.
Designer products may seem worth it at times. Remember, these items can be a highly quality, yet companies mark up the prices over cost in order to make a profit. The leather loafers at Gucci may seem ‘classic’ and ‘splurge-worthy’, yet, Target may make a similar pair.
The reminder is that the audience doesn’t care about where your clothes come from. The audience cares about how you represent what you are wearing; which has nothing to do with the brand.
What is the point in dressing to impress?
Dressing for an occasion can be incredibly intimidating; the pressure to dress for others instead of yourself. It can be slightly confusing for the fact that mostly, dressing is personal- your wardrobe is a reflection of yourself.
Your clothing is the first impression that presented when you are introduced to a new person, it is the first insight to the characteristics that you posses. Understandably, the circumstances and environment are taken into consideration. For instance, volunteering at the animal shelter doesn’t mean you have to wear your pearls and a pencil skirt: in that situation a tee and athletic shorts and sneakers are necessary. Keeping your audience in mind while creating outfit is about adaptation.
The most important part about dressing for your audience is to remain true to yourself; don’t buy things that wouldn’t normally wear, don’t dress in clothes that you wouldn’t be confident wearing.
On the topic of confidence, it is to be noted that the whole concept of ‘dressing for your audience’ is to take control of a situation and tailor it to your wardrobe. It does not mean that you have to purchase a whole new set of clothes or pieces, but rather, utilizing the effectiveness of all the hangers in the closet.
The most important thing to keep in mind? This isn’t difficult. Realizing that it’s easy to dress for you audience is not only important, but ultimately, entertaining.
To provide a context to this blog, this is a ‘remediation’ of a previous project. However, this does not mean in anyway that the purpose of this blog is any less important then the original format; it’s simply a new creation with the same message.
The objective of this project is to reveal the importance of our physical appearance. Crafting a perfectly articulate written piece is excellent; unfortunately, society places the pressure on human interaction in person. Thus, the creation of this blog: to show others that dressing for your audience isn’t as tricky as it may seem.
As a disclaimer, I am not an expert on styling or anything of the sort. I just have a penchant for expanding my closet; and when it deems necessary, raiding my closets for outfits. In many circumstances I end up with more clothes on my bed, in a failed attempt to put together an assemble, then in my actual wardrobe. So not only will this blog provide insight for my audience, but also for myself.