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some items come fabulous. they just are independently wonderful, and easily appreciated by anyone with eyes, either due to their design, tailoring, details, whatever, or their fame (any "it" bag or any heavily promoted or editorialized item, for example). wearing these items requires nothing more of you than just showing up. in them. and then you get some of the credit for their fabulousness, which you actually deserve, to a degree, for having chosen them.

there are some items, on the other hand, that require more of a contribution from you if they are to realize their full potential. some items are simply simple, while some are actually blank slates, waiting to be filled in. (the "picture" above is blankness.)

the majority of the time, do you prefer insta-fabulous items or a blank slate that you fill in?

10 comments:

-h of candid cool said...

i would say i probably buy blank slate more, which serves as a foundation for those prefab items.

readysetfashion said...

i agree, blank slate items are certainly more fun. prefab items will only work for you if your blank slate truly reflects your own style.

Iheartfashion said...

Blank slate, for sure.

landis smithers said...

the question is a teeeny bit loaded, based on the wording. is anyone really going to pick "prefab style"?

and honestly, there is a visceral thrill of wearing a headline that (while it doesn't take the skill of the other choice) can't be trumped.

beauty is beauty. spare or ornate. either can give you impact, and i think it can rely on occasion as much as preference.

editor said...

i changed the wording because i did not intend a negative connotation with prefab. i was being literal, and did even hope emphasis would be on the fab. i actually am drawn to prefab the majority of the time - though 'fab' is relative and someone else may view my choices as underwhelming. ;)

Sal said...

I'll be the first to vote insta-fabulous, although never the brand-candy type. I don't care about labels, but I am drawn to items that are unusual, well-made, and captivating. Embellished skirts, great shoes, and killer necklaces fall into this category for me.

K.Line said...

How do you come up with these questions??

I have some great insta outfits (mainly vintage) that do the trick with little effort. But the effort went into finding them in the first place - and making sure the fit was perfect and the mood suits me etc.

But I also like pulling disparate things together and seeing it work. That's a fun creative exercise...

fashionaddict said...

I know what you mean by "underwhelming" prefab :)

I do like "prefab" items, in the sense that it's beautifully made and cut and just that little bit special - I'm not the type to buy something ordinary and style it into something spectacular. So my clothes need to stand on their own and not require me to wear it differently.

editor said...

k.line - i really don't know. just when i think i'm tapped, there are more.

fashionaddict - i know you do. :)

-h - definitely prefab and blank do work together, and i seldom wear one without the other myself.

readyset, iheart - i was only made aware of how seldom i buy blank slate when i bought a blank slate item recently and was excited by its... blankness, and saw a lot of potential. i used to buy more blank items but that has not been my habit lately.

sal - landis suggested that my wording drove ppl to choose blank over insta-fab (i had originally referred to it as "prefab" but changed it before you probably even saw the post). my buying habit for the past several years has definitely been to find the items that match your description.

a. said...

i used to probably only do insta-fab (my magpie eye), until i recently discovered blank slates and realized they have a joy all their own. but, instafabs still rock. i mean, my favorite/sentimental/would-save-in-a-fire pieces of clothing are probably instafabs. and in general i'd say that my favorite outfits are always a mix of both. :-)