Everyday Fashion Week

Finding style in how you dress—not what you can afford

hile Fashion Weeks world-wide are wrapping up, sending editors and buyers scrambling to piece together trend reports, most of us have been left to wonder, “So what?”

Images of the models on the runway and celebrities at shows instinctively makes us question what fashion week has to do with every day women who don’t live in fashion meccas such as New York or L.A.

The truth is, it doesn’t. Fashion shows on that grand of scale are meant to present a collection to a group of individuals that have enough clout and influence to raise publicity and eventually increase sales.

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If you don’t have enough disposable income to splurge on an $895 Proenza Schouler dress, then by the ideals of a target audience, you may as well stick to bargain hunting at TJMaxx and waiting on Macy’s next “biggest sale of the season.”

However, styles can be achieved by anyone with a modern wardrobe, by working with what they have, paying attention to how they shop, and how these items may correspond with what’s happening in fashion at the moment.

No matter if you shop in the Eight Arrondissement in Paris, or right here at home, in say Royal Oak, being fashionable doesn’t mean that you can afford, but that you can dress.

Fashion week is statement about the climate in fashion and not a declaration of the haves and the have nots. It’s a presentation of the sweet life in all its high-sophisticated glory; it’s to say that despite an economic downturn and all the stresses therein, that something can be celebrated.

Fashion is an art form unlike any other, in that it never stays the same, and that no matter where you go, you’ll never be able to escape it; we all get dressed every single day.

When editors and stylists plan on what trends to feature, they aren’t necessarily encouraging you to buy, yet they are encouraging a sensibility for women to get dressed with the times.

We may not all be able to sweep out our closets each and every season, however, we may be able to add a cuff here, or roll up sleeve there to modernize our looks. 

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