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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

So last year

It seems that the term vintage is now out. Replacing it is CCC - credit crunch chic, i.e. wearing clothes you already have instead of buying new ones.

It'll be tough but I plan to be in style, In fact I'm planning to wear, once again, a Zara dress I bought in the summer of 05.

7 comments:

Susan said...

I bet your Zara dress is a lot more stylish than most of the stuff in the shops at the moment. I thought Sarah Mower made this point very well in the Telegraph a few weeks ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/main.jhtml?xml=/fashion/2008/04/02/efmower102.xml

cybill said...

And there I was in my four year old skirt, right on the cutting edge of fashion without even knowing it...

Deja Pseu said...

I've been trying to cut back spending, yes, but it's still a wasteland out there. I haven't found anything to get excited about and am still relying on my Forth & Towne jackets purchased over a year ago now to carry my work wardrobe. Fortunately they are still quite in style.

Duchesse said...

I'm with you! My tactic was to buy a new Egyptian cotton Hermes scarf, which lifts some older items. I am helped in my parsimony by the overwhelming flood of smock-jackets out there.

Belle de Ville said...

I too was just about to wear my vintage dress, a sleeveless black sheath dress...that I bought at the Zara Store on the Champs Elysees in 1998.
The good thing about having shopped in excess years ago, I have my own vintage collection to choose from. And not just dresses, I have scarves from 1980 that I still wear!
The only problem is the amount of space that it takes to store my vintage clothes. Bascially, I need an additional room. I have three full dresser drawers just for scarves, shawls and pashminas, which seems excessive for someone who lives in a warm climate. Yet, I still wear them all.
In a mass consumption throw away society, I get a strange comfort from things like having a YSL silk tuxedo scarf that belonged to my husband from the 1970's. Small and insignificant, it is to me a kind of sartorial document to that period of his life. Just as my 1998 Zara dress from Paris is to life and aspirations that I had at that period of my life.

phyllis said...

Time to break out my 80's Joan & David slouch boots I guess!

Anonymous said...

I'm with belle de ville on this. For the last four summers I've been wearing a linen coat dress I bought in 1986. My 20 something students are so complimentary!

This really follows a comment I left on another strand recently - if you buy good quality and put things away at the end of the season, you discover a whole new wardrobe the following year of old friends that accompany you through life.

I like the idea of the cotton Hermes scarf - I think I'll investigate. That and a pair of Italian beige flat sandals will be my only purchases this summer - I hope!