Slow down and think

December 10, 2011

by Gracia Ventus
Shirt – bespoke; Dress – Rick Owens; Boots – vintage

Picture this: Blogger A visited blog B, saw some pair of Jeffrey Campbell and concluded that she needs the same pair or she’ll ‘just die’, then proceeded to buy the shoes. One week later, Blogger A posted 1001 photos of the shoes, on top of the usual 1001 photos of herself, with captions such as ‘they’re my favourite shoes of all time, etc’. Two weeks later the same thing is repeated but with a different pair.

The above scenario is just one of several trends I’ve noticed in fashion blogs. It really irks me that people are putting so little values to phrases like NEED THESE IN MY LIFE. And those shoes that were proclaimed as favourite of all times would probably never see daylight again. Why am I being such a judgmental prick? Well it’s habit like this that adds up to the mountain of rubbish we’re already dumping in some third world country, not to mention all the other problems associated with excessive consumption. I don’t think bloggers (and consumers in general) are ignorant. What I don’t get is why they continue practising these destructive habits.


5 thoughts on “Slow down and think

  • Jasmine Johnson

    by Jasmine Johnson on December 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Amazing dress! Your blog is fantastic :)

  • O D Y S S E Y

    by O D Y S S E Y on December 11, 2011 at 12:09 am

    mass consumerism for the same of acquisition or whatever- it actually caused a bit of culture shock when i moved back to the US last year.
    my disdain for unconscious spending has caused me to re-evaluate my own buying habits (well, that and a changing personal aesthetic).
    we need to return to conscious buying habits, ie., quality over quantity. it would help fix a myriad of problems.
    to comment about your outfit: your RO dress is sublime. addition of a white shirt personalizes it and adds contrast. beautiful.


    by THE DIVINITUS on December 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

    fast shallow love – it could be a sign of primitivism, which may irritate you more and more over the time.

  • Rosenrot

    by Rosenrot on December 13, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Stephanie: I think the problem lies with the fact that people equate materials with happiness, ie. the more we have, the happier we will be. I was debating with a friend who thinks that American consumerism is normal and is the same in all countries. If only you were able to help me out back then. And thank you for your kind compliment :)

    Dorota: Never thought about it that way. If you can elaborate that’d be great

  • etoilee8

    by etoilee8 on January 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I agree with you whole heartedly. Thsi year I’ve made a promise to myself to cut down on my consumption. I also hold on to my clothing usually until it falls apart or until I find a new home for it, where it will be happy and well worn.


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