When I first started blogging, it was more of a deterrent of my shopping addiction. I compulsively bought clothes, almost to the point of being embarrassed to post about my new scores. But as time went on, my shopping habits changed, some to do with what I was learning about clothing production and some ethical issues, some to do with the fact I couldn't sustain unhealthy shopping habits.
Then the recession happened. It's hard to say if my financial state has to do with the economy, or my general feelings about fashion were shifting anyway. I had moved to another country, lived in a place where it was possible to blog full time, I took a dramatic pay cut, and half the time I was flat broke. But that's ‘normal' for people starting a new career, in a new country.
However, the recession does play a part in what I post about, as the sales become more attractive to shoppers, it seems silly not to publish these. Also, the fact my economic situation has shifted, my daily outfits have become more routine as I wear the same clothes regularly therefore making my outfits unpostable, ‘leggings-cardigan-scarf-tank post #233 coming up!' And by the way, my leggings have reached the point of beyond-repair.
How strong is the tie between fashion and shopping anyway? Do they have to be synonymous?
Not Buying It…
Here's a lovely video of Vivienne Westwood talking about not-buying (via Sister Wolf) of course she's been saying that for years.. and while we're at it… Bits ‘n Bobbins has a great discussion about not-shopping too, not to mention the Telegraph talks about how now, isn't the time for throw away fashion.
Has the recession affected your blog? Has it affected you?
In what ways?
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