Fashion is an important part of our lives. People like to think that it’s not, but in reality it is.
I believe Miranda Priestly from “Devil Wears Prada” said it best….
“You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner” where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.” “ —Devil Wears Prada
Fashion relates to every single piece of clothing we have. At some point, some designer, no matter how menial, or tragic, came up with that piece. HOWEVER, it does not determine how one should dress, or what you should wear.
Fashion Week is a time to display what the designers and industry have decided, yes DECIDED, will be the trends for the upcoming season. What is actually picked up is decided then by the consumers. The important word in that description is the word TREND.
ok but seriously can we just say LOVE though?
A trend is also known as a fad; Fashion that appears and disappears quickly. Let’s get technical: There is a rapid Introduction, a fairly long Culmination Stage, and just as rapidly as it was introduced it will DECLINE. Fashion is cyclical and evolutionary. It evolves as we do.
The cycle refers to the rise, acceptance and decline or a style!
1. Introduction: New Style, Color, Texture
- Introduced by the fashion leaders who take it straight from the runway….Considered NEW for 6 months …may be listed as new again if there is some kind of change
2 Rise: Design is accepted by more customers
- Stage of Knock offs(Barneys, Nordstroms)
3. Culmination: The Fashion at the Height of popularity
- All Over the Place, like Sears, Kohls, Zara, Macys
4. Decline: Decrease in consumer demand
- When something is now on Sale
5. Obsolescence : An utter lack of interest
- You won’t find it anywhere at all( Thrift store, Craigslist….your closet
This is all dependent on the consumers. That’s all of us who purchase these things.
Ok so what’s the point of all this.
Trends are NOT meant to define your fashion, your style! Only you can develop that! Look at yourself, and see what kind of person you are. With trends, all you should do is pick a couple an integrate them into your closet. If mint green is one of the new trends for the summer, do not simply go and buy a lot of mint green shirts! Add a couple pieces to your closet.
What makes people fashionable is the ability to take a trend and make it their own. What makes someone TRULY fashionable is to take something that isn’t a trend and make OTHERS want to wear it. The reason we follow the fashionistas we do is because they are individual in their clothing choices. They may have a discerning eye that you don’t and honestly people may not agree with your personal style.
But those are the two most important words: YOUR, and PERSONAL.
Pick classic pieces, otherwise known as staples, for your closet. Add those trends to that, and you’ll never go wrong.