We all buy clothes, but no two people buy the same. It can be a social experience and a deeply personal experience; sometimes it can be impulsive and entertaining, in others, purposeful, & # 39; task. Where to buy? When do you buy? How do you decide what you need, how much to spend and what are you? These are & # 39; some of the questions we ask prominent figures in our column & # 39; How do I buy & # 39 ;.
You may know it Paloma Elsesser from the runways of Savage X Fenty, Eckhaus Latta, Ganni or Prabal Gurung, or from campaigns for Glossier, Nike or Fenty Beauty, or perhaps from glamorous ones like Puss Puss, Teen Vogue and i-D. Or maybe you have her chamber in this year's & # 39; Uncut Gems & # 39; captured, or are you simply one of her 243K Instagram followers.
In addition to her rapidly growing resume, striking beauty and unmistakably cool personal style, Elsesser has also gained notoriety for her passion for representation and size inclusiveness in the industry. And as easy as making her look attractive online, she admits that it has always been & # 39; somewhat struggling, and her earliest shopping memories & # 39; & # 39; somewhat traumatic & # 39; call.
We met Elsesser in Los Angeles, where she was invited H&M – a brand she appreciates for their dedication to inclusiveness – to help celebrate the fast-fashion retailer's Spring 2020 collection. We talked about how her style developed as she stepped into the industry (and started making more money), how to find clothes that fit, why she missed Opening Ceremony, and the general shopping flaw she co-owns. big girls & # 39; warn to never make.
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& # 39; I felt like I didn't have access to clothes I felt, even at a young age, or a reflection of my style. I've never been a little girl, so those were my kind of early shopping memories, but many of my shopping memories were just in my own home in my mom's stuff, in my sister's clothes.
I like (style) more than fashion – which I think is cool for H&M in that I think fashion can be very exclusive and style is more of an inclusive series and more expressive, and I think H&M & # 39 do a good job of including everyone in the story. I think I've always been interested in style and expression. When I was in fourth grade, I was like & # 39; I'm punk & # 39 ;, and the next year I was a young boy, and the next year I was wearing Juicy Couture tracksuits.
My personal style is fairly uniform now, but I always want to put something else on it: uniform, but nuanced if that makes sense. I will make similar silhouettes, I will always wear a pair of leather trousers with a more fitted top and a structured, more tailored jacket. I find myself wearing men's pants, a little boy with a boy and then a trench coat and then a funny, strange make-up like I do now.
Working in fashion made me both caress my bags differently so I could buy things I always dreamed of buying, which I didn't have access to, but also see in clothes I never had , I've been able to work and wear 50,000 dresses and jewelery and all this crazy stuff before. It is a new appreciation and respect for craftsmanship and customization.
I enjoy doing online as a meditative sport. I think it's better to browse on The RealReal than to browse on Instagram if you personally go to bed, for my own mental health. But I also believe in boutique shopping. I love the relationships, I love the idea of being able to walk into a beautiful dressing room and deprive the relationship with that store person and texting as soon as something comes in, I think these relationships are very valuable and should stay and it makes me a little sad that some of the stuff is kind of erased from the fashion space because I find it very valuable and important.
TEAR. – I really loved the opening ceremony, it was really so family. I could walk into the LA or New York store and like & # 39; I have 30 minutes & # 39 ;, and the people in that store knew my sizes, knew what I wanted, I could walk around in & # 39; a bra and underwear. It was so beautiful, I really appreciated the atmosphere. They didn't have much at Barneys, but it was still special. Some of my favorite luxury (sales) people were in the Phoebe Philo-era Celine, which everyone is now distributing; one of my favorite girls works at Bottega, so I go there with her. It's still very intimate, she'll still text like & # 39; babe, there's a new bag coming in & # 39; I have relationships with people on Chanel and things like that, so I appreciate that, it's important.
I love Net-a-Porter, I love matches. I think Net-a-Porter does an incredible job of buying bulk. I think Matches does an incredible job of buying (for) a younger demo. The UK online e-commerce is just killing it, Browns are incredible. The RealReal I love, I love selling stuff, and then get credit instead of getting money. I think it's a more sustainable, circular way to buy.
I get a lot of stuff sent and given to me, and it's so nice. I feel so happy, but to my dismay from my boyfriend, I just live in a two-bedroom apartment in New York, and there's always a need for a move. I do believe in buying things I want for a long time.
In general, I am largely excluded from buying ready-made clothing for the full range, so it's not like I can buy every pair of pants or jacket, so I usually buy accessories, such as bags and shoes. I also think it's incredible to buy in because it's not so trend driven. I personally do not like to buy trend-driven shoes and bags. I was a very big Phoebe (Philo) buyer and bags, I had some good Chanels – the classic ones.
There are more brands you would think of (which make larger sizes), such as Marni: People don't know that Marni is an Italian 50. It may just not be visible. I can still experience some things if it's too big, so go for it. I think there's still a lot of work (that needs to be done) to integrate it in a way that looks seamless. There are brands that are emerging and doing well; it is a learning curve.
This is something I want to tell all my big girls: don't buy it just because it fits. It's hard, I'm like & # 39; Oh my god, it just so exciting & # 39; and then I'm like … why did I buy it? "
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