As the first leg of four major fashion weeks come to a halt, (Londoners are gearing up) the topic of trends is never more relevant. Editors of every publication are currently spotting, forecasting, reporting, and drafting lengthy critiques on this very crucial aspect of the industry; so, the timing of this post is pretty apt. However, the angle is somewhat different from what you’ll find on a list of recent stories.
Before divulging said angle, though, I think it’s time we debunk the widely-held myth that curating personal style is antithetical to following fashion trends. It’s quite ridiculous a sentiment. We all keep up with trends to some degree, and not just with clothing. Every other field studies and conceptualizes patterns, but it is only problematic when pertaining to fashion. Food, decor and business trends don’t receive as much vilification.
There must be a correlation to the notion that originality is a singular phenomenon where only an individual can be the purveyor, or creator, of a particular technique. Out of the seven billion beings on this (overpopulated) planet, we have the audacity to think our ideas have not once passed through another human vessel at any time. Silly, right? Just as silly as it is to contort wearing trends, and use the act as a means to one-up another enthusiast, or boast about our “creativity.”
On any given day, you can find a misinformed Twitter user claiming to have had their style, hair-do, blah blah blah, stolen. Because I like to make judgments for myself, I usually assess the complaint thoroughly, meaning I browse their feed for tweets, photos, and work that support the allegation. Normally, what I find is that the aesthetic in question is not unique at all, but refers a host of previous representations – like celebrities, a defined era, movies, and the like. Typical.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.
I read somewhere a while ago on blog or magazine site that wearing too many trends together is a major faux pas, and I’d be lying if I omit there is some truth to this. Piecing together a look for the sake of being on-trend can make the outfit impersonal. A more convincing slant would be iterating the difference: Fashion provides us with options (trends), whereas style molds those options into who we are. Eliminating the personality from our dress is the true faux pas, not the actual wearing of trendy garbs.
Admittedly, I wouldn’t disagree that the line between these two distinctions is sometimes thin, but it’s not often difficult to make the right call. Unlike whoever wrote that article, I am here for morphing trends into style modus operandi, as exemplified in this outfit.
Pinpointed is a minimum of three crazed 2016 fads – utility, olive/khaki, and strappy, fringe heels – four if we count animal print camera bag (under the mini bag takeover); and this look worked for me. I love items that are functional, hence the large, utilitarian pockets, and contrasting masculine-feminine influences (shoes and accents on the handbag). Staying true to one color palette conveys uniformity, as well as hints at what my style is. There is always a way around faux pas, and I encourage you to find yours. I can’t help but close with advice inspired by the classic movie “Player’s Club:” Rock them trends – don’t let ’em rock you.
Photography: Demi Wells of WhatDemiWore. H&M Top & Jewelry; Zara Skort; Lilly’s Kloset Sandals; Express Bag.