The other day, I wrote about how much I hate the mall.  I seriously cannot stand shopping, and the mall is the antithesis of everything that I stand for.  To me, the mall is a place where people gather to buy things they don’t need, spend money they don’t have, and gather material possessions in order to impress each other.   I cannot think of anything more pointless than mall shopping.  Shopping has become a national pastime, a hobby, and we are paying for it in both financial and environmental terms.

When it comes to fashion, I am not very cool in general.  I really am out of style. I have a closet of very nice work clothes and suits, but they are almost all black. In addition, they were mostly bought second-hand.  I refuse to “consume, consume ,consume,” as our society tells me I should.  I refuse to play the fashion game.  I will not ask myself what color is “in” this fall.  I truly do not care.

“How can a young woman who is as awesome as yourself not care about fashion?” you ask. “Don’t you want people to think that you are hip? Don’t you want to be the cool mom?”

If being the cool mom means spending all of my hard-earned money on brand name crap that I don’t really want or need just to impress others, then no thank you. I’ll pass. In fact, I think that being out of style is much cooler than constantly trying to keep up with the latest fashions.  Here is why.

It’s Too Expensive

Fashion is always changing and it’s expensive to keep up.  A fashionable piece of clothing can go from “in” to “out” within a few weeks or months.  When it goes out of style, we are told that we need to go out and buy whatever is newly fashionable.  The fashion industry plays a constant game of manufacturing endless wants in order to move more product. It really is ridiculous. The fact that we place so much importance on it is even more disgusting.

I refuse to waste my hard-earned money trying to stay in perpetual stylishness.  Why even bother when there are some items that never really go out of style? Try filling your closets with solid colors and basic timeless items. If you do, you won’t have to worry about following the constant barrage of latest trends.

New Fashion is Ugly

When we were at the mall, I could hardly believe what I was seeing.  Some of the newer fashions are so ugly!  Maybe I live in a bubble, but I cannot believe that anyone would buy some of the painfully ugly things that I saw.  In one of the stores, we even saw them selling leopard print onesies for women.  ONESIES!??!?!?! I mean, seriously? My 1 year-old rarely wears onesies anymore.  I do not need my shirt to snap at my crotch.  Who buys that crap?!?!?!

It is Bad for the Environment

Not to get all “tree hugger” on you, but we all need to consume fewer items.  Buying clothing is no exception.  Why does one person need 85 shirts, 150 dresses, and 95 pairs of pants?  They don’t…and it’s wasteful.  The constant production of these items is bad for the environment. and we cannot possibly keep consuming clothes and other items at our current rate. There just isn’t enough resources or space to continue making products and then discarding them after use.

Opt Out of the Game

It may not seem like it, but you actually do have a choice. Nobody is forcing you to buy all of this useless crap. If you listened to the tabloids and celebrity news shows, deciding to be out of style may seem like the end of the world to you. However, it can be one of the best decisions you have ever made.

Being cool really has nothing to do with the clothing you wear, the car you drive, or the gadgets you tote around. In my opinion, being out of style is a much cooler way to live because it will save you endless amounts of time and money. Furthermore, once you’ve opted out of their game, you no longer have to the worry of trying to keep up with their idea of cool.

Besides, you’ll never make it to that holy grail of coolness anyway. Instead, you can feel the free from the pressure of having to keep up with the Joneses. So, choose to be out of style and enjoy the coolness of holding on to your money. You’ll be glad you did.