The '10 Year Rule' - Rev. for 2010
For a very very VERY long time, I had a rule. I tried to follow it pretty hard and fast, and I was relatively successful. My rule was based on the idea that each and every time I purchased an item of clothing, I thought to myself, 'will I be able to wear this 10 years from now?' The principle, I think, was that I was trying to stick to purchases that were classics...stay away from items that were too trendy. I am sure it was for both practical (I don't have an endless supply of money so I am trying to get as much bang for my buck as I can) and aesthetic (I have always liked a few quality pieces over a million poorly made pieces). Over the years, I've been relatively successful with this rule...there are many things in my closet I've had well beyond 10 years and I love them as much today as I ever did. But then, I have things that I bought which violated the 'rule', that I really didnt' think I would have for many years that, surprisingly, I have! Of course there are also the things that I swore I would keep for a life time that didn't last a season. So what to do.
Well, here's the thing...the 10 year rule is no longer a rule...it's just an idea I keep in the back of my head. I think, at my age, I can trust that when I buy something, it is for the right reasons. If I followed my rule to the letter, then some of my favorite Target or H&M purchases might not have been. The fun of shopping and fashion is that while your style and taste evolve...that you have fun. Rules are hardly ever fun...and if I shop with the 10 year concept in my head at least part of the time, I think I am doing pretty well.
What do you think? Do you have a style rule? How has it evolved. Love to know :)
Posted by Katiep at Thursday, May 20, 2010