An ideal or idyllic state or place; the ultimate freedom.
Fashion Nirvana is a state of total freedom from the fashion realm. It’s a term I have created as it sums up the significant message of Eternally Elle; to show that breaking free from the barriers of the fashion industry and creating a conscious closet will help you conquer the world and become more empowered as a woman.
The issue is that decades of consumerism has imposed an idea on us that we need mountains of clothes and 30 pairs of shoes to be satisfied with our wardrobe along with the image we present to the world. Fast-fashion and fad trends dictate our shopping habits, resulting in copious amounts of waste and financial regrets… yet, still, we are obsessed with purchasing more and more things.
Ironically this notion, which we are all literally buying in too, only sets us further apart from happiness. You see, the more we invest our time and energy into activities that don’t result in acquiring a physical object, the longer our happiness will last and the more stories we’ll have to tell. Makes sense, right? After all, what is a fashion experience beyond the sheer joy of celebrating the purchase of next season’s ‘It bag’?
As the time has passed and I have matured, I’ve been searching for something deeper; looking into how my clothes are made, how to style them for ultimate satisfaction and self expression, and how I can get the most out of each piece. I discovered that when you invest in your future fashion experiences, not things, you satisfy your yen for something more. Here’s how to embark on the search for a higher power in the fashion realm, and being your journey to fashion nirvana.
Know your style
In a nutshell, you can’t walk away from fast fashion and achieve nirvana without knowing yourself and your personal style. When I ask someone to describe their personal style or give me a definition, the reply is usually something on the lines of “oh, I don’t have one really, it’s made up of lots of different things”. If you find yourself in the same boat, then I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. You already have a personal style it’s just that you don’t know how to describe it. This is probably caused from falling into a rut or that you’ve packed your closet with so many things you don’t actually love to wear, that you’ve ended up confusing yourself.
Once you have defined your personal style, it will become the leading influence for breaking away from the fashion industry and achieving ultimate freedom. You will have a clear understanding of what you like so you can avoid trends and curate your own.
I suggest reading the rest of this post first, so you fully understand why defining your personal style is the important first step to finding fashion Nirvana, and how it will benefit you greatly, before defining your personal style.
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Choose a narrative
You need to chose a direction that gives you the freedom in existing for you, not what the fashion industry tells you. When you decide to live for the things that you love and not all these silly rules of apples and pears, and notions of how you’ll fit in if you buy these 90’s inspired clothes, you’ll achieve that euphoric fashion nirvana. The best way to do this is decide on what values you want to follow so that you are gaining fashion experiences and not hoarding things.
Look into the likes of fast fashion, sustainability, fair trade and vegan leather to gain a better understanding of the serious depth of this industry. Once you are aware of everything that’s going on behind the scenes, you have a clear understanding on what it means to be a conscious consumer, and how shopping with more thought, and turning away from the next trend, will add to your fashion experiences. Becoming a conscious consumer means that you are actively trying to make the world a better place -even if this is marginally- and adding depth to the superficial world of clothes and ‘it’ bags. Conscious fashion certainly doesn’t mean you can’t have pretty things. For instance, this pink backpack I’m wearing is by vegan bag brand Expressions NYC whom use recycled plastic and certainly aren’t giving up quality or design to make the world a better place. (Read my full review on the brand here.)
I recommend integrating conscious consumerism with the most empowering narrative of simply being you. Don’t think about whether something is in or isn’t, nor if it’s too trendy or not. If you like it, do it. If you like it, wear it. Fashion Nirvana is about existing for you and achieving a peaceful state of mind where you aren’t buying into the unethical preachings of the industry and instead following your own principles.
Create a conquerors wardrobe
If you’ve been scouring around Pinterest and other blogs, you may be familiar with the term capsule wardrobe. If, however, these two words are totally lost on you, then I’ll sum it up pretty quickly. A capsule wardrobe is a term, by Susie Faux in the 1970’s, defining as a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion; skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. Sounds pretty cool right? Yet, I’ve found that most capsule wardrobes out there are made up of simple basics. Thus, the term leaves a bad taste in my mouth because it sounds utterly boring and limiting to my creativity when styling myself. Similarly to my love for conscious clothing and timeless fashion, I find it admirable and very important but it can be very easy to fall into the ‘pit of yawn’.
This is why I have recently rebranded myself because I want to show to you, that a conquerors wardrobe, which is lead by you becoming a more conscious consumer and rooted with creating confidence, can be liberating and it doesn’t require giving up the things you love, like your personal style. By buying with more thought and freeing yourself from the fad trends and fast-fashion, which is benefiting none, you are actually performing a strong act of self-love by taking care of your closet and saying no to spontaneous buys that cause clutter and a hole in your purse. Moreover, it can be one of the most empowering thing you do because when you dress for the part it’s easier to become the part. In other words, creating a conquerors wardrobe where every clothing is an investment, thoroughly thought out before purchasing, that will give you confidence and help you be the best version of yourself is the ultimate fashion nirvana! Keep an eye out on my Conscious Conqueror series for in depth posts on how to build a wardrobe fit for a queen. Accompanied with all of my style secrets, to help you get the most out of each investment. Creating a life that you want to live is easier than you think and all starts with the items hanging in your closet.
Have you achieved Fashion Nirvana?
* in collaboration with Expressions NYC.
Please note that I will never work with a brand that I do not believe in and I will always share my honest, genuine thoughts no matter what.
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