Mom had a wonderful collection of her ﬁnely sewn fashions, some of them even lined!
What was so lovely about them was the small label sewn in the garment and the teeny
accessories to match each outﬁt. Barbie was wearing Haute Couture. Maybe thatʼs
where I got my passion for fashion.Barbie seemed more mature in those early years. I wonder what she thinks looking
down on Bikini Awful Painted Sun Tan Barbie, Cheerleader Does Dallas Barbie, Divorce
Lawyer Barbie, Tank Girl Barbie and Stay at Home In Velour Stretch Pants Barbie, Work
Off that 60 lbs. After Twins Barbie. We could do this all day.
What happened? Barbie no longer inspires. Those examples of classic fashions are no
longer available except through collectibles. Barbie has become the queen of throw
Is there a way we can have both? YES!
Classic means something that is a perfect example of a particular style,
something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality. Everyone needs some
basic classic pieces. Articles of clothing that will last a lifetime. They arenʼt
cheap but worth the dollars thrown away on imitations that have no life span.
Throwaway Fashion is the new buzzword (or buzzphrase?) for stores like
Forever 21. If you keep a watch on their styles you will notice they are very
fashion forward. The clothes are extremely inexpensive but they arenʼt
especially well made. Most pieces are ﬂawed. The articles I have purchased
there havenʼt lasted. But they donʼt need to.
Along with your classic pieces you can add inexpensive, runway knock-offs and
create a wonderful up to the minute ensemble. Itʼs important not to rely on 24
hour fashion for your entire wardrobe. They wonʼt last neither fashion nor quality-
Remember, if have your “last-forever-basics” you can shop and shop and
shop and not feel guilty because throw away fashion is cheap and fun! Thatʼs
what itʼs all about.
Your closet can truly be better than Barbies. What sadly happened to her is she
was deprived of the clothes closest to her heart and ended up with the worst, the
tackiest, made in china outfits that even she has become embarrassed to wear.
Poor soul. Shop wisely, be fashion conscience even with less expensive copies.
You want to look adorable not like a cheap doll in tacky clothes someone canʼt wait to throw