Theft is acceptable under absolutely no circumstances — but exceptions can be made when it’s your own family. I’ve regularly taken advantage of my dad and brothers’ excess of clothing and I can’t help but appreciate some of their toss-outs. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is basically the underlying message of this post.
I’m really not a fan of hustling through used clothing shops – but I think that vintage clothing actually exemplifies the significance of fashion.
Fashion has massive connotations as being an industry fuelled by folly, vanity and indulgence – when in actual fact it’s occupied and driven by some of the worlds most creative and intelligent people. I don’t know how designers like Ellie Saab, Alexander McQueen and Vera Wang are able to create style phenomenons that leave an everlasting impact on international trends for decades.
It is without a doubt the most narcissistic, image-obsessed industry on the planet – but it’s always sort of “dumbed down” when in actual fact it should be elevated to a greater degree than what it is. I think that the level of self-obsession apparent in fashion is quite frankly disgusting – but aside from that, so much talent has gone in to making garments that often proceed to define an era or a moment in history.
The fact that something worn decades ago is still somewhat valued today highlights how good clothing never really goes out of date.
My dad had this Trench coat (above) hidden in his cupboard and he was going to throw it away when I interjected and relinquished it from the SPCA’s claws. It turns out that he actually had it in the Army – which explains its masterful ability to shield me from the absolute horror of Cape Town’s winter. The funniest thing is that when I was at the shops with one of my mates the other day, someone actually approached me and asked me if I bought my jacket from Topshop – I couldn’t help but laugh in her face.
It has a million stains on it and is an XXXL but there’s nothing better than a comfy oversized sweater. I think that every girl has either a hoodie or a sweater from an ex boyfriend trophied somewhere in their cupboard!
So I guess one man’s trash really is another gal’s treasure.