Seriously, that was the subject line of an email in my inbox this morning from Refinery 29 (I don't even know how I ended up on their mailing list). It's basically a list of "must-buy" wardrobe pieces with links to the websites, totaling $1000.
So can we talk about this for a minute? There are a lot of things that I find strange about this slideshow that they were promoting. Like, is it just me or does this stink of unchecked consumerism? Are we expected to throw out our clothes every season? Are we expected to have to replace our clothes every season? Are we failing at something if we don't spend a certain amount of money on clothes?
It seems like they're framing it to imply that $1000 is the absolute lowest end of the spectrum that you should be spending on clothes this season.
I feel like there is this mounting cultural expectation to wear a new outfit everyday (celebrities are called out if they wear the same thing twice, fashion bloggers posting new outfits every day...) and it seems to me that this encourages us even more to buy more clothes and of course, most of us have a limited budget so we have to buy cheaper clothes to have these huge, seemingly inexhaustible closets.
Do you feel pressure to wear a new outfit every day? I would say that I have about two weeks worth of work outfits each for fall/winter and spring/summer. How many outfits do you regularly wear?
And at the risk of sounding trite, isn't part of the point of clothes to express your individuality? Who would want a paint-by-numbers wardrobe?