Saturday, 16 January 2010

"Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all” - Mark Twain

The Benefits of buying second hand:
1) Cheap & Cheerful
2) Better for the environment as no new materials, fuel, or energy is spent on clothes which you barely wear
3) Old is Gold: nothing can replace the unique fashion that has been lost through the years. As I said in my last post, we've all become clones of one another. However, once upon a time people used to embrace the idea of individuality and more importantly embrace their own taste.

Here's an ebay shop I recently found (very exciting!)

and a few of my favourites which are own sale now...

"Grandmothers are just antique little girls." - Anon
This baggy cardigan gives you a hint of 'grandma chic' but allows you to feel young if you team it up with some high waisted skinny jeans and a nude strap top underneath.

"In the nude, all that is not beautiful is obscene" - Robert Bresson
My favourite! - the pure, fleshy nude coloured wool button down cardigan is not only smart but very cute.
Options: 1) Wear it as a mini dress with a slip underneath (or nothing if you're feeling daring) and a pair of boots
2) Wear as a coat with grey leggings and nude pumps

"Beware of people who dislike cats."- Irish Proverb

This adorable 1980s blue dress printed with kittens hanging onto the cloth can be worn on its own during the day or with a pair of over the knee socks and some heals during the night. Either way, be sure to accesorize with chunky bracelets and big gold earrings.

"Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend." - Lucy Liu

The problem with modern society is the desire to fit in. As I was wondering around London today, I found it impossible to escape the hold that Topshop, H&M, New Look, Miss Selfridge and such High Street stores have over the British population. It seemed to me that everyone was wearing the same thing in a bid to have the best fashion sense, when actually they were all clones of one and another and had no individuality in their style. Now you may say, what's the problem in looking like others - we enjoy the same type of what?

The problem is that you aren't being yourself and you don't even know it. Put yourself in a world in which no clothes have been made. There is no such thing as 'trend', 'popularity' and 'cliques', only each one of us standing naked in an empty world. If you had to choose one thing to wear, or design one beautiful piece of clothing - what would it be? Its clear that we would not all choose to wear brightly coloured bodycon dresses or uggs. I believe that when we are born we are at the rawest state of self. We have no influences from the outside world and as we grow up we lose more of ourselves than we care to realise to the world of high street chains and popularity contests.
Dress how you would if the only person you had to impress was yourself.

Bless you all, Rain x
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"If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it”

Following the great Einstein's quotation, this blog has begun.

However absurd my ideas may be, i promise to share them with you, be they about philosophy, lifestyles, music, fashion or anything that shapes my life in some shape or form. For years I have found solace in learning more about culture and diversity, so through this blog I hope i can provide the same level of solace for people around the world.

Bless you all, Rain x