Is Being a Frugalista the New Diva?
As a recent graduate with daunting student loans to pay back, I'm happy to see what was once only out of necessity for me is actually gaining status as fashionable: being a DIY diva.
What is a frugalista you ask? Let's expand on the subject of recession dressing.
...one entry on the Oxford shortlist rings my bell, with its rich etymology, current utility and potential staying power well beyond the nonce. It is frugalista, defined as “a person who lives a frugal lifestyle but stays fashionable and healthy by swapping clothes, buying secondhand, growing own produce, etc.” This could become the nom de guerre of the “recession warrior.”
It only makes sense that as people scale down their spending, their entire outlook and even personal style can be affected. All of a sudden dropping a mint on the latest Louis Vuitton does not seem as logical, but I would argue did it ever?
DIY style forces us to use our creativity and ingenuity, getting more use out of things and in turn creating less waste. Grandma's attic may house finds that have long been abandoned - why not be the first to bring them back? Sometimes all it takes is borrowing an old idea and giving it a new twist.
Natalie McNeal's The Frugalista Files should inspire any forward-thinking style hounds who want to save a dime and look good at the same time. And hey, if Vivienne Westwood is on this train then it's definitely heading in the right direction. Check out Jeremy Gutsche from TrendHunter's interview on CBC News Today for more on what's in for 2009.
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