May 31st, 2016
Spring Trends my way.
Outfit: Grey and black chevron pattern stripe skirt worn under dress. Black belt, striped infinity scarf, black wedge boots, silver circle earrings.
For the next few days I want to invite you to explore the idea of adapting trends into your wardrobe. As much as I despise the thought of having someone dictate to me what’s in and what’s not, it is a part of feeling current that we need to be aware of. If you are a designer you must be aware of the trends in order to produce a line that sells, but if you’re a consumer it can feel a little intimidating to read all the trend magazines and know what to do with them.
I find it a little ridiculous when the trend reads: “animal prints, geometric shapes in jewel tones”. I mean, pick something! I must be the anti-thesis of fashion forward, but I’m ok with that. The thing about trends is that it’s basically inspiration. Someone else’s inspiration trickling down the line until it gets to us everyday consumers. In the not so distant past, high end fashion designers would get inspired, often by art or current events and decide they want to design something based on that. Let’s say Karl Lagerfield went to a sunflower exhibition and then decided to emulate Chanel suits in orange. So then once the collections from Haute Couture came out, everyone else that does RTW, would use this inspiration to incorporate in their lines. Until at the end you find the orange suit-like garment in a grocery store brand (ever watched The devil wears Prada?). Nowadays, things are a little bit different. Trends can come from anything or anyone. The first trend to go bottom-up was ‘grunge’ which developed in the streets of Seattle and eventually made it to mainstream couture when Marc Jacobs created a line inspired by it. But regardless of how they get there, they still support the fact that it is someone else’s idea of what’s cool. That’s why I don’t like them, they lack individuality, someone else is telling you what is beautiful. However, if you want to look in style, we must listen to them to some degree. So here’s my two bits on how to incorporate trends without looking like a catalog from a department store:
- Look for the trend in your existing wardrobe. Look for something in your present wardrobe that could pass as the current trend. You may already own something that works.
- Buy a trendy item that will stand the test of time. In other words buy something classic-trendy. Even though it sounds like the biggest oxymoron, it is possible. You can pick classic fabrics, cuts and colours. The trend can be simply the print or texture or cut.
- Buy only one item per season that is very trendy. Ie only one ruffle blouse, or only one pair of flat mules. One item can accent your whole wardrobe and help you look fashionable through the season.
- Whatever you do, don’t do a carbon copy of the trend picture. Just because it looks good on the model, does not mean it will look good on you. Keep in mind your shape, colouring and most of all personality. There are some things that will make you shine and others simply will make you look more uncomfortable than a bull in a China store.
I am going to try some of these to illustrate my points.
Here is for instance number 1.
Something I already owned, will work for the stripes trend.