Jun 25, 2017

5 Reasons to Hate Fashion Trends

One would certainly argue whether fashion is art. What is its purpose? It's not that complicated is it? It's a way of expression. Whether grown and sexy, mature and intellectual or insecure and youthful; fashion is what each individual wants it to be. It's a creative being that allows each artist to adapt, incorporate and invent. But trends?
Aaah....trends. You know the good ole marketing ploy to get us to the mall more times often than we need to. If you haven't figured out by now, I'm totally not the trendy type. I mean...I'm not in the malls biweekly checking for the latest and greatest products pushed by mass fashion retailers. I'm certainly not saying that I'm not checking for the semiannual S/S and F/W catwalk fashions gracing the runways. But---- I'm just much more interested in wearing what I like, which happens to not be dictated by designers, magazines and retail giants. Let's also keep in mind that many trends throughout the history of fashion has morphed into timeless classics. So one could certainly argue that every fashion staple was once a trend. But for the sake of this discussion, I'm talking modern day fashion trends which many have made countless debuts on fashion faux pas lists. There's a reason why I hate them. Or maybe five reasons. Here's the rundown.
  1. There's No Individuality | Everyone looks the same. I am a huge fan of individualism. I'm drawn to all things authentically creative and original. One of the reasons I started sewing was to create unique one-of-a-kind garments. It became so unbecoming and disappointing to visit the malls to only see the same ole fads hanging on the racks. Thank goodness for options like local boutiques, vintage thrift and consignment shops and the talents of local up and coming designers. Surely you can take the same Zara blazer and sandals and put your own creative spin on it right? How is that for unpretentious distinction. But where there is a lack of individuality in fashion; there is personality, our outlook on the world and our sense of humor to compensate. There is hope.
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  2. IIt's All About the Money | Yes. What better way to stimulate the economy semiannually than scouring the local malls and luxury department stores for new trends fresh off the runway from New York Fashion Week? Ooh,  brocade, metallics and radiant orchid is in this season----let me race on down to Neimans. No thanks. I've got better things to do with  my money than trying to keep up with what the industry says I should be wearing to appear "cool". Besides....it's much much cheaper to dress me than to feed me. This foodie has got to eat. LOL. No but seriously....thank goodness for the thrifting phenomenon, outlets and discount stores. As I become older and what I'd like to think wiser, I've become a more conscious and fiscally responsible consumer.
  3. They Date | One minute they're in and the next minute they're out. I really don't have time to keep up. If you go through your closet and do an  inventory and many of your clothes still have the original tags affixed; some of those items may more than likely be on the trendier side and were once in but have now lost their popularity. All the reasons to opt for more classics and less trends.
  4. Not All Trends Should be Followed | They instill a false sense of security. Some trends are simply unbecoming. Simply put. To the 60+ year old rocking a crop top, no bueno! I recently saw a 60+ year old woman sporting a pair of see-through leggings with camel toe. "Nothing makes a person look so old than trying desperately to look young"-Chanel. Some trends are specific to age, body type and even personality. So yes, they aren't for everyone.
  5. They're Simply Boring!
Let's face it, fashion should be fun. Don't fall victim to it (I think I'll watch The Devil Wears Prada this weekend). You'll end up spending lots of money to replace perfectly good clothes. What isn't fashionably fabulous is  stepping into bankruptcy court with your Chanel bag, Christian Louboutin pumps and YSL scarf. Great style isn’t only reserved for those with access to high-end luxury. It’s ultimately about a creative sense that comes from within; while keeping an open mind for inspiration. It can come from some of the most unexpected and inexpensive places.

    19 comments:

    1. What is interesting about a trend is watching and predicting which one (s) will evolve into more. As an example, Classic Levi 501 and Navy Pea coats began as trends, both being items used by a particular industry and borrowed from the boys. As we know, they eventually found there way into everyday closets...and worn by women!

      Trends are often items of old revived for today. I suspect the 1950s midi skirt will be with us for some time.

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    2. I love this post. The great thing about being an "Individual" is wearing what you love and being in Love with yourself. I am NOT a stylist nor a fashion blogger and I have seen fashions or trends as we call them, come and go in my 62 years. I have never been the person to dress like everyone. I really hate to see a Dress I just purchased beat me out the store on the corner looking ratchet. So I stay away from the next best thing. . .

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      1. Ha ha...your ratchet comment is hilarious. But you are so right about individuality. Thanks for stopping by hun. xoxo

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    3. Great post! I think about this a lot, when I DO get in on the trends its normally in the form of an accessory lol.

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      1. That is totally the way to go with trends....accessories! A woman of my own heart. xoxo

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    4. Oh my gosh :))). You went there and i totally get you. I definitely see what you are saying and all. 99.99% I often buy what i like, trending or not. When i try out a few trends every now and then i a have got to like it first. What is the point wearing what you can't walk in :). Fantastic post Natasha!

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    5. Great share!! I find myself always questioning who set some of these trends geez. I always go for individual style with a splash of a latest piece myself. Love your blog found you on TheSits look forward to your shares :)!

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      1. Hey Mari....thanks for stopping by hun.

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    6. That quote at the end is everything.

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      1. Isn't it though? You just gotta love Iris.

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    7. Natasha, great points especially that trends date your outfit. That's awfully true. I try to buy pieces that I'll love for a long time and are my style more than the overall trend. Sometimes, I love a trend but on another girl. So I always ask myself if the trend is really my style before making a purchase.

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      1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm totally with you.....some trends are great to admire from afar.

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    8. Love this post. Right on point.

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    9. Great post Natash and as always on POINT!
      Hugs
      Shari
      MDT,LLC

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    10. They do date! I avoid trends if I can. I host a fashion link up every Wednesday. I would love you to pop over and add a link to this post of you get a chance!

      http://www.sydneyfashionhunter.com/2015/11/fresh-fashion-forum-link-up-6-glue.html

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    11. I think trends are followed by the lazy pack in the industry, if you watch closely every significant fashion icon have a classic style.
      Like Emmanuelle Alt is always in black and her classic french girl skinny jeans.

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    12. Great post!!! I like to think of myself as a trendsetter so I definitely don't follow the "trend" of the moment. I definitely can attest to seeing the look alike syndrome that trends foster. I'm just a fan of expressing individuality and often times following the trend doesn't support that.

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