The Classic Wardrobe
Issue 100 January 2013
Great style and flair needn’t require weekly trips to the high street to stock up on the latest trends; rather a wholesome capsule wardrobe will take you past trend buying whilst also saving your pennies.
Great style and flair needn’t require weekly trips to the high street to stock up on the latest trends; rather a wholesome capsule wardrobe will take you past trend buying whilst also saving your pennies. A well-selected capsule of clothing will see you through a multitude of seasons and occasions without looking stale. Furthermore, stepping away from slavishly following trends and finding your own style will allow you to rework looks each season to suit you.
Well-tailored, well-fitting and good quality items are key to a classic capsule wardrobe. The inclusion of basics such as a trench coat, a well cut work suit, a smart dinner jacket, black dress, and jumper, to name a few, can be supplemented with a few trend items every now and again. The choice of a classic wardrobe can be liberating, allowing you to explore and enjoy your newfound fashionable freedom and style.
The Design Realm
Modest fashion and Muslim designers have occupied newspaper columns in recent years, and the modest fashion world is growing from strength to strength. New and innovative Muslim designers crop up frequently, bringing their own inspiration and creativity to the stage. Household names such as Sarah Elenany, and Just Muslim are a few of the designers producing new and well thought out lines for this growing market. The need for a modest take on various styles and trends is apparent; opt for unique items from various designers to supplement your wardrobe. You can guarantee that these items will be limited to a few wardrobes, and often each is limited edition. The other great thing about some of these designs is the element of profound context to either the chosen prints or words, which can contribute to a sense of identity or understanding.
A World Identity
Dress in itself is often a medium for cultural expression and identity. Away from deeper societal meanings of cultural dress, it can often be a way to explore the beautiful colours and designs of world cultures. From the dishdasha of the Arab world, to the shalwar kameez of South Asian culture, world dress allows you to hold onto and explore your own cultural traditions and crafts, from a history of embroidery to understanding that different patterns belong to different regions of the country.
Furthermore, the array of cultural dress available allows you to explore other cultures and nations from around the world, and work in wonderful designs and styles into your own wardrobe. Fashion should be fun and dynamic. The duality of fashion for aesthetics as well as for identity is present throughout your own style, regardless of the cultural influences.
‘Ethical fashion’ is often considered a contradiction in terms, with the concept of fashion asking the consumer to buy more and more. But the idea of approaching fashion from an ethical point of view approaches the idea of aesthetics from a socially and environmentally conscious viewpoint.