No matter how stringent we may be in editing our closets there's always going to be that one thing we end up collecting. For a lot of people it's a toss-up between shoes and bags. I understand the fascination with shoes as I am also very enamored with them, yet I only own a few pairs myself. Obsession doesn't always lead to a purchase.
For me it's skirts. It's ironic because in reality I'm in in pants most days and given the lifestyle I lead, skirts aren't the most practical things to wear anyway. That doesn't stop me from buying them though, and it's not like I go out shopping with the sole purpose of hunting for skirts either. I've been thrifting for years and if experience taught me anything it would be that great skirts are ridiculously easy to find. In fact, most of my skirts came from the thrifts and bought for practically nothing. This is both boon and bane, for I find all of these interesting skirts going for pennies yet I own far too many for the frequency I actually wear them. It's impractical, illogical and a waste of space.
The best skirt I ever bought was a Hussein Chalayan design from his 2002 Ambimorphous show, pictured below. It's also the best thrift find I've scored so far. I came across it in one of those derelict buildings in Baguio with floors upon floors of secondhand clothing a few years ago, selling for 150php (about $3). Expensive, since I rarely buy anything from the thrifts for above 50php. I'm a cheapskate, I know. Bought it anyway. That time I hardly knew who Hussein Chalayan was and bought the damn thing simply because it was so strange and I've never seen anything like it before. It took me a long time before I was able to trace from which collection the skirt came from. Until now I'm still not sure I'm wearing it the right way.
Also the most difficult skirt to iron ever.
Like most collectors I have my preferences and particular silhouettes I favor. I'm very into high waisted skirts. I love me a complicated draped design. Modest lengths are always good. I like challenging skirts, ones that make me question whether I'm wearing it backwards or what or if it really is a skirt.
Currently I have about ten or so skirts in my wardrobe. It might not seem excessive but through the years I've given or thrown away easily twice that number. It's such a disgrace to see my beloved skirts languishing unworn so I've decided to wear one at least once a week. It shouldn't be too hard and is definitely more comfortable to wear than pants now that the weather has turned wretchedly humid.
Do you collect anything? It would be nice to know that I am not alone in my struggle.