Fashion Knows Not Of Comfort… Or does it?
Don’t you just walk out sometimes and, after hours consulting with Google images, find that your outfit is just wrong. Whether it’s colour blocking, too many patterns, no patterns, double denim when double denim wasn’t back in ‘style’ or suede pumps when… wait, suede pumps are always in style. But you understand. Sometimes, you just get it wrong. This does not mean one should consult vogue all the time to see what the latest trends are. Absolutely not. If there’s anything anyone hates most, it’s a glorified trend follower.
My philosophical fashion mantra growing up stemmed from my fashion idol. After seeing her bitchy demise for six seasons, I ended up only watching Gossip Girl for the fashion (and Chuck. Seriously, his pocket squares and lapel braces were one of the best things on that show). I digress, Blair Waldorf, at her peak in season one, says: “Fashion knows not of comfort. All that matters is the face you show to the world.” For years, this was the underlining code that governed my wardrobe. But, Ms. Waldorf (or should I say Mrs. Bass), the time has come to make you realise your mistake. The code is wrong… within reason of course. I remain a firm believer that the face you show to the world is very important. Style matters. Clothes and the way a person looks still is and always will be how we first make judgments of people. Our style expresses who we are, our culture, our personality and beliefs. The foundations of who we are can be encapsulated in an outfit (albeit fancy dress). Yet, what my fictional heroine was wrong about is that “fashion cares not of comfort” because the only way one can really pull off any look is to absolutely be comfortable in it. You can’t pull off six inch heels if you cannot walk in them, which is why yours truly sticks to her 3 ½ inches because there is no way in hell I would be comfortable in 6.
There is a new fashion commandment in town ladies and that is “One shall not wear garments that one is uncomfortable in. Ever.” The style police i.e. me, feel that this goes hand in hand with the first fashion commandment that is “one shall never look like an idiot for the sake of following fashion trends.” That being said, the days of sacrificing looking stylish and being comfortable are over. High fashion, which high street fashion takes from (see Miranda Priestley’s speech on cerulean jumpers 22:40-24:30 to understand all this) is incorporating comfort in its collections. We’ve discussed the death of the heel and now it would appear that uncomfortable garments are becoming a thing of the early millennium. If Kim Kardashian’s derrière can fit into Balmain then it would seem that Balmain et al are no longer catering to size 0’s. Bodycons on the catwalks have been replaced by long flowing maxi’s and body suits (still drooling over Diane Von Furstenberg’s last s/s collection, everything was so wearable).
The point is, style is void without comfort. What matters is not who you wear, but how you wear it… and if you can wear it in comfort.