I'm a struggling fast fashion addict. It really is like crack cocaine or heroine. Hence, I'm a recovering fashion heroine junkie. New York is expensive. 70 percent of my income goes to rent, mortgages and Time Warner Cable, the rest is devoted to living expenses like data on my 4G network from Verizon (damn you IG and Pinterest apps). Imagine how little is left to my shopping budget- Nada! New York is my fast fashion addiction enabler.
As a designer too; design, manufacturing, logistics, storage and packaging can suck up your business budget fast. There are a plethora of fast fashion brands that people would rather go to than your own brand. So fashion businesses are pushed against the wall. They have to resort to sometimes unethical cost cutting means (think about the building that collapsed in Bangladesh) or sweatshops that employ children.
Being broke from your rent and having my own label, makes me resort to shopping the same unethical brands. It's a cycle really. I decided that 2015 would be my ethical year. As a blogger, it seems odd that I decided to shop less and to just buy quality staples that I truly love from brands that I deem ethical (I still have to do my due diligence regarding this). Sometimes I will just refurbish or "bedazzle my own clothes.. For now, I cant afford most of them, so I decided to use them constantly till it reaches it rag-like levels.
I bought culottes from a neighbor who was gifted with one. Lucky for me, it didn't fit her. I made her a wallet in exchange for her pants. Modern day barter trading. I love the pants. I wish I had more garments to pair it up with, but I'll just post photos of the items I think will look well with it.
We can also pair it up with prints. Prints on prints outfits is tricky. When I'm adventurous, I would opt for a big print with colors that compliment the other garment. Normally, I would pick another garment with smaller prints. The prints are normally small enough that when I squint, the garment becomes one solid color. I picked a houndstooth black and white printed woolen vest for this pair of culottes. When you squint at the photo, the vest becomes a block of gray.
I've also attached photos of other items that I think will go well with this versatile culotte.