Let your Wardrobe age with You

“I absolutely love fashion. I love doing new things and finding ways to swerve in a different direction. But one of the reasons why I try to use fabrics and cuts that don’t go out of fashion is because I like the idea of women buying the clothes and then… I don’t know what the word is… cherish sounds over-emotional for a relationship with a piece of clothing… but for a woman to feel proud, satisfied, comfortable and powerful in them, to wear them and get on with their lives…

What I love is this idea of a wardrobe, the idea that we’re establishing certain signatures and updating them, that a change in colour or fabric is enough. I do think that the world doesn’t need many more frivolous bits and bobs that end up left in cupboards or landfills.”

- Phoebe Philo


Picture Credit: David Sims for The Gentlewoman

I couldn’t agree more on what Ms. Philo said in her recent interview. Probably because while I am getting older, my appreciation for things that last and bring me joy, grows too. Be it a piece of clothing, a great movie, or a pleasant night with friends… Ok, a night won’t last forever but the happiness and fun is equally priceless, right? ^_*

Wishing you all a sunny and happy weekend! :-D



13 Comments

  1. streetwithnoname
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Hehe, the quote sounds nice and reasonable, however don’t you think it kinda contradicts with what she’s doing: making new clothes every season and promote them to the world? ;)

  2. Sahara
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Very well said and written. Can’t agree with you more. The moment even without doing anything but with friends or family is priceless. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the long weekend.

  3. Gaelle
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I do agree with Phoebe Philo. She voices it for me. I’ve always been classic. I mean I did the fluo fashion faux pas at 12, looked at the picture a couple of years after and figure out how ridiculous it looked. I guess I’m classic since my 20s or something. I have kind of a huge wardrobe as I keep almost every outfit I got and update them with accessories or I wore them a different way. An outdated jacket shape … just keep it unzipped with a huge scarf, sleeves rolled on, or zipped and fitted like a shirt, or with a skirt, while you’ve always have jeans with it or … whatever! it’s a new outfit!

  4. Julide
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    What a great article!! Thank you for posting it!! I agree 10,000%!! :-) I have my very first burberry coat from when I was 14, a camel hair sweater from when I was 16 and a pair of black boots from my first shopping trip to Paris with my mother and a ton of other things collected over the years and the globe…I still wear them and love the idea of a piece of clothing that is apart of your wardrobe and has a bit of history too!! And I must ask…if you don’t mind answering…what is your favorite movie? As I was reading your post it brought back memories of movies that I have watched many many times…

  5. Posted September 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    streetwithnoname, nope, I don’t think so at all because I know no woman who doesn’t buy new clothes every season. lol~~ On the contrary, I think what she’s doing is very inspiring, especially for those who want to build a… let’s say, something like a 5-piece french wardrobe. ;-)

    Sahara, thank you very much for your kind comment. <3 Enjoy your long weekend with your loved ones.

    Gaelle, wow, I have always loved shopping but at 12, I knew nothing about fashion. lol~~~ Thank you for sharing your lovely story.

    Julide, you are most welcome! Isn’t it an amazing feeling to have something accompany you through the years and witness all the happiness and sadness in life?

    As for my favorite movies, there are quite a few:
    - The Godfather
    - Legends of the Fall
    - Dances with Wolves
    - The Machinist
    - Mystic River
    - Talk to Her
    - Amores Perros
    - The Prestige
    - Amélie
    - UP
    - The Motorcycle Diaries
    - District 9
    - Mr. Brooks
    - Life is Beautiful

    BTW, I am a big fan of Christian Bale. Such an amazing versatile actor! Now it’s your turn, would you be willing to share your favorites? Thanks in advance. :-)

  6. streetwithnoname
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    I beg to differ here. :) if she thinks we already throw too much junk to the earth, she should stop doing so first, not just for the sake of saying nice things. It’s not about what we think; it’s about what she says, correct? Sorry. Until someday she and her lines start using recycled wool, cotton, and polyester, I simple cannot buy the words from her. :)

  7. streetwithnoname
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    but again, of course if we all could buy less every season and recycle more, it will not be a bad idea for our mother earth. :) I just thought it’s kind of ironic that a fashion designer would “complain” about us being guilty of it. LOL

  8. Posted September 6, 2011 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    streetwithnoname, to my understanding, her point is quite simple: buying something well-made, high on style and last long instead of fast fashion which one will throw away after one or two seasons~~~

    I am sure she’s doing this herself, and I agree with her that this way of building a wardrobe is more environment friendly. Just my 2 cents. ;-)

  9. Julide
    Posted September 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Having a piece of clothing with history is very special indeed!!!

    As for movies. I like Christian Bale too! A good actor and not bad to look at!! A nice combination!! ;-)

    My favorites list: Shortened…

    - The Last of the Mohicans
    - Bread and Tulips
    - Pillow Talk
    - That touch of Mink
    - Bell Book and Candle
    - The Sean Connery Bond films ;-)
    - Desk Set
    - How to Marry a Millionaire
    - An American in Paris

    I like a lot of movies from 1950′s and 1960′s. I think if I listed them all it would be pages and pages!! I love Audrey Hepburn movies too!! :-)

  10. Posted September 13, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Julide, thank you for your fabulous list.

    I see, you adore old time charm. ;-) My friend also recommended me to see “The Last of the Mohicans”, it’s time for me to catch up. lol~~~

  11. Sam
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    I just found your blog today and was immediately drawn to the styling of outfits and the title of this post. You put it really well into words: we should let our clothes age with us not only for the sake for our closet’s longevity but also to develop our own personal style!

    Sam
    http://www.samishome.com

  12. Sara
    Posted August 25, 2015 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see the yearly sale add till after my pusahcre, is there any way I will be able to get my 2nd pair half off. I will make my pusahcre as soon as i hear back your guys. Thank you in advance.

  13. Brandywine
    Posted November 18, 2016 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Time to face the music armed with this great inoramotifn.

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