I don't know if my post fits in line with this thread but: Has fashion served y'all purpose in the first place? I was thinking that if it hasn't it's difficult to go on an arbitrary self-imposed no-cop rule. I know for me acquiring fashion garmz has largely served it's purpose in terms of how I want to aesthetically express myself day to day. I'm quite happy - aesthetically happy if I may.
Personally I don't feel guilty about the seemingly consumerist mentality of purchasing my garmz. My interests has shifted a bit elsewhere but I'd still cop but with not as much intensity. Perhaps it can be said I've reach contentedness with my current curated wardrobe and style, probably because I got to experience the aesthetic of the designers' I obsessed about. At some port for RRL/Belstaff I can only have so many variations and color-ways of their same offerings. I know I'd want some more Prorsum pieces but I don't have the means to retrofit my wardrobe to complete the idealized modern London city-boy look.
And aside from financial constraints, I'd like to wear Thom or a cropped Rick/Balmain blazer but that's largely aspirational for me. I'm at a point where it's minimal cop for my purchasing habits now, because some pieces and labels just doesn't fit in my lifestyle or the way I want to express myself. For those aforementioned brands I don't think I can really enliven the designers aesthetic and really embrace it, so it's best that I excuse and save them for another time. For example, if I went out the night life scene and were in a creative work environment, I'd feel that Balmain/Thome would be congruent to the asthetic self-expression I would want radiate. While they certainly don't have to be worn with such intentions, it's how I see them, which like for many pieces/clothes, have their time and place.
However, while I've hit a personal fashion plateau, I don't think I'll ever stop copping but designers creation enhances my life with color. Though sometimes it's great to have the time to really enjoy the wardrobe I've selected and collected thus far, as I like to believe it was meant for us to shake up themicrocosm of our daily lives - transcending beyond one dimensional lookbooks, runways unveils, magazine photoshots, and catalogue offerings. Not to be self congratulatory and pompous but perhaps I've won the what is this so-called fashion game? Maybe if reframing the fashion game on how to win and not necessarily and either-or acceptance or rejection is a better view.
Maybe we need a contentedness thread.