Fashion is not a clichéd LV bag (you know who you are), or an amazing (and amazingly expensive) coat from Marc Jacobs. While I love an amazing coat from MJ, that ain’t My Fashion—that’d be Marc’s Fashion. You gotta own your own. So here’s how you do it:
- Buy a full length mirror
- look in the full length mirror
- Buy a hand-held mirror
- Turn around and look in the full-length mirror again
- Ask yourself, “She/he looks worthy of _______ (insert whatever you want here. I usually am good with a VIP pass and a roll of drink tickets).”
Your style is 360. Treat it that way. And if you look at yourself in the mirror, coming and going, and can’t say to yourself, “Fuck I’m cool,” then throw out that outfit (and every other one you have hanging on sad skinny wire hangers that don’t pass the test.) The path to a truly excellent life is to dress like you have a truly excellent life. And, it ain’t about money Cats. I have met enough trustafarians who look Gawd-awful and ridiculous in a set of natty dreads and their counterparts, the Barbies covered in logos, to know for sure and certain that money is actually a detractor to fashion. As soon as you start wearing logos, peppering statements with dropped names and look like you walked off the pages of last month’s Vogue, you are NOT cool. And what I mean by that is you look like you do not have a functioning braincell in your skull or creative bone in you back. Get an opinion of your own and wear it.
Back to center, let me just say persuasion (or manipulation) is currency all on it’s own. Forget how much things cost and make your style yours. If you gotta shop in thrift stores, go do that! You can find some actual gems there. Just please promise me the only thing you will buy from the Gap is a plain colored t-shirt (no cheesy sayings, either). If you can master your look you can master the power to make the world your own.