When did it become so difficult to get your hands on a good dress?
Let me explain.
This past week, I attended a fundraiser held at a retail boutique in mega-mall, South Coast Plaza. It’s a brand I like; I actually have several garments from this brand in my wardrobe – although I bought them secondhand.
Sadly, everything for sale that night was far out of my budget, but I tried on a few dresses anyway.
Both of these dresses fit fantastic – but that’s really because they’re based on classic silhouettes. There is nothing particularly special about either; they’re great because they’re supposed to be. That’s what a good dress does.
So, why the almost $300 price tag? I’m sure it’s because the company is operating at a large scale and has to cover a ton of cost. Garment manufacturing is expensive because it requires human labor.
I get it – good clothing ain’t cheap. And companies build their brand for the express purpose of establishing exclusivity, which they can leverage to demand a higher price point.
But I’m not really into wearing brands for brands’ sake. I just want to add some great dresses to my wardrobe. Which got me thinking, what if …
What if we could choose the style, color and pattern of what we wear, instead of brands choosing it for us?
What if we could have a truly original and unique wardrobes to wear for years, without constantly replacing clothing which falls apart?
What if we could add a few dresses to our curated wardrobes and keep the money in the local community by hiring someone to sew it for us?
Is it really so impossible? I don’t think so. It won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap, but I do think it will be worth it. Check out what I found.
Duplicating inspired versions of what we see in retail seems so empowering. Here, I found a Vogue dress pattern and turquoise ikat-ish linen online. Similar to what I tried on, but now it has my personal touch.
Or, how about this?
I’ve been lusting after this Dolce & Gabbana dress for weeks. I’m sure that D&G makes one heckuva garment, but a sixteen-hundred-dollar-dress just isn’t happening for me anytime soon. I found another Vogue pattern and this cotton/lycra fabric.
Why not take this sartorial matter into my own hands and create something super-special to wear? With a little bit of planning and research, we can be our own fashion designers.
In the next few months, I’m going to be hunting down patterns and fabrics. To see what might be on the custom clothing menu for me, check out my dedicated Pinterest board.
PS – This is the final week of registration for March Style Camp! If you want in on that amazing feeling of knowing exactly what your style is, then you must check out my Style Camp page for more information.
I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am to Nicole for having me try out this program. No joke, it has been totally life changing and has energized me in all areas of my life. I found me. If you are at all interested in participating in this Personal Style Camp yourself I encourage you to do it now!!
- Sharon Garofalow, mom & blogger (read her entire review of my service)