Over the years my style has changed as I have changed spiritually and emotionally. Sometimes I wonder how spirituality and fashion can go together... don't they conflict? Am I considered vain because I like to dress up and make pretty altars? Can a spiritual existence be present in a material environment?
I believe it can. If we are spiritual beings living a human existence we must learn to walk this life in the material world. There is a balance to explore - and each of us is different.
To me, fashion is an outlet for self-expression. When I was 18 or 19 I began to explore my own style and was becoming my own woman. However this growth became delayed because I allowed a dark and abusive relationship hold down my spirit and my creativity. It wasn't until many years later I allowed myself to explore again.
The more I opened spiritually the more conscious decisions I made about fashion. Adornment became an act of self-love. I also began to support more handmade shops and artists. I love to share and help support others on their creative paths. it gives each piece of adornment meaning. And the times I am spending too much on clothes or jewels, I take a step back and ask "what am I trying to fill?" I try to remember I do not 'need' anything to complete me. Everything is within.