The True Value of Fashion: Balancing Style and Functionality

The way you define yourself today is a reflection of various elements, including your personal style, the people you surround yourself with, the place you call home, the mode of transportation you choose, and your other possessions. But, is it truly worth it to live in an uncomfortable yet visually appealing house or to spend a large sum of money on a car or skateboard that you rarely utilize? The same concept can be applied to clothing, particularly designer fashion. While it may be tempting to purchase a beautiful piece of clothing, it’s essential to remember that its real value lies in how often you wear it. Owning a piece of clothing that just collects dust in your closet is not a wise investment.

Jan Kössl

As a passionate skateboarder and fashion lover, I comprehend the challenge of balancing style and function. I have learned to choose clothing that is not only stylish but also comfortable and allows me to move freely without feeling inhibited. It’s disappointing to see people buy expensive designer shoes and then get upset over a small scratch. This is why I was impressed by the cheeky slogan on a pair of A1923 shoes that I purchased: “Do not handle with care.” The slogan serves as a reminder that fashionable items should be worn, not just admired.

A wise elderly woman I met in Vienna once told me, “An article of clothing is worth as much as you wear it. If it’s not fulfilling its purpose, it’s best to sell it before it becomes a source of frustration.” This wisdom highlights the significance of choosing clothing that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and enjoyable to wear.

When it comes to defining yourself, it’s important to keep in mind that the true value of an item lies in how often you use it. Whether it’s a home, a vehicle, or a piece of clothing, choose wisely and make sure that it serves its intended purpose. Don’t let material possessions take up space in your life and wallet, unless they bring you joy and serve a practical purpose. Remember, life is about living, not just owning.

Txt by Jan Kössl