Sunday, May 10, 2009

Precious, temporary things

I just realized that among my posts, thrift shopping is the most frequent tag. Five years ago, I never even considered buying any pre-owned items, except for furniture and books. Only when I started buying shirts and pants to expand my office wardrobe did I stumble upon the joys of bargain hunting, especially for thrifted shoes and bags. Also by accident, around the same time, did I begin to write for magazines on the side.

Wool trench, thrifted; tee, Polo Ralph Lauren; jeans, Two Percent; thrifted shoes, Clarks; old electronic typewriter case used as briefcase

Thinking about it, I have to admit that fashion has never been an obsession. I didn't grow up starry-eyed watching catwalk shows or gawking at glossies or store windows. Now maybe it's a highly time-consuming indulgence, a self-conscious way of sorting myself out, part of ordering my thoughts at the beginning of each day, and part of my never-ending process of sifting through inspiration from every aspect of life — mostly absent-mindedly, but eventually with the prospect of producing something creative.

Writers and artists of past eras dressed to the part as eccentrics and agitators of society. But in my case, I don't feel compelled to prove anything to anybody but myself. It is a personal challenge to seek to find something new each day — not just a new item, but a new way of looking at and wearing even just a single piece.

White tee and knitted hooded tee: both Bench; jeans, Sisley; open bonnet hat, 5cm

Not very different from discovering a new way of saying something even via the smallest detour from the usual turn of phrase. Initially just for myself, but hopefully, like a verse or a torn page, it can find itself bringing joy or use to somebody else.

First two photos by Patricia Suzara


naboonies said...

Tell me please,isn't it too hot in the Philippines to wear a wool trench?

Miguel Paolo Celestial said...

Haha, yeah it is. Brought it that day to lend to a friend going on a trip to London, and decided to snap some pics. :)

naboonies said...

Now that does make sense haha. On another note I am relatively new to the idea of thrift shopping (I started around one year ago) and I must say I'm loving every moment of it! It challenges me to be creative and economical at the same time. I like your selection of thrift items btw, there must be some cool shops you got there in the Philippines!

Anonymous said...

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Ca said...

I can relate to your background. I didn't grow up with fashion as the greatest interest at all, but it slowly developed into a sense of style. I supposed the lack of impulses early on gave me the freedom to choose and think for myself, instead of being biased towards a certain direction. All I know is that I want to do something creative. And it's truly all about proving yourself that you can make it, not to others.