Cover photograph by Louise Govilas (@louvills on Instagram)
Twitter has a tendency to make me feel guilty for everything I do. We all know the impact that social media has on fashion, for better or for worse. It allows items to be propelled into the spotlight before the crowd rapidly moves on to another once the allotted five minutes of fame has elapsed. High Fashion Twitter cultivates an aesthetic consisting of 90s models and Blair Waldorf that constantly makes me feel insufficient for not being a model, off-duty, savouring a croissant in rainy Paris. It holds a fascination with looking expensive in any way possible, regardless of any issues that reside in its celebration of wealth.
Although a fascination with luxury brands can help strengthen the view of clothes as timeless pieces to be cherished for a long time, it can also push for irresponsible consumerism recognisable in delirious Shein hauls and ridiculously short trends.
I have internalised the absurd embarrassment of being an outfit repeater and the completely justified pleasure of marvelling at grotesquely unaffordable items of clothing. After much deliberation, below are the pieces I deem worth buying, were money no object.
I have seen them EVERYWHERE. They fit the dark academia aesthetic and make any outfit look incredibly fancy — but why pay such a price? I’ve only ever seen them on Twitter and Pinterest so there’s a part of me that’s not even sure they exist. I could see myself wearing them in the middle of a beautiful dream but in reality, come on, let’s just buy regular loafers. They are just as pretty; I say, to make myself feel better.
YES YES YES. Perfect for that “model off-duty” look. This is a temptation that I have succumbed to without any regrets, because it can never truly go out of style. I have found one on Depop for a good price that I will cherish until death do us part. While a great option for sustainability, Depop cannot be trusted blindly. The most Elena-Gilbert esque blouses sold at an inflated price may be deceiving and money can be saved by aiming to buy off of the trend cycle.
A huge yes. I am just a tad concerned about the height of the heels but other than that it is a staple piece, especially in the A/W season. It goes with anything, it is classy, and they can last for years. In my opinion, it is much better to think about the “wearability” of items that you buy, rather than buying something simply because it is trendy. Now I am not saying that this doesn’t (far too often unfortunately) happen to me, but it is important to bear in mind that, because of social medias like Twitter and his grandson Tik Tok, trends now only last barely months or even weeks at a time; hence the timeless appeal that high fashion and luxury brands have gained on Twitter.
High Fashion Twitter pushes for useless consumerism of not always ethical brands, but it also develops the idea of clothing as an investment that you can cherish for many years ahead, as long as you’re okay with outfit repetition — less of a faux pas than some would have you think.
Luxury pieces represent something both timeless and inaccessible for many of us. Thus omitting that luxury /=/ sustainable is easy when fantasizing about them is the only option one has. But that is the case, it’s not because it is expensive that it has a lower carbon footprint.
An obsession with looking expensive at all costs can rapidly become rotten and make us judgmental towards those who do not have the same needs as us. It can become toxic.
It has helped me to view clothes as investments rather than as instantaneously replaceable objects. My interest in ‘high fashion twitter’ has definitely enabled me to have a better relationship with clothing and consider it with all the glory it demands.
Article by Flore Morant