How to Look At and Think About Fashion Trends
Raise your hand if you’ve felt pressured to buy a fashion item you don’t love just because it’s “on trend.” You’re not alone, friend. I’ve been there too, far too many times—even as a fashion enthusiast. But today I’m here to tell you that the pressure is officially off.
The word “trend” has made quite the trip since its first use in, arguably, 1777. Once it became connected to fashion, whatever was deemed trendy at New York Fashion Week (and the powers at be before said fashion weeks) was king in news articles, at stores and in our closets. But, now, that’s not really the case.
Where there used to be a handful of key designers that shaped how we dressed, now we have too many inspiring fashion-makers and influencers to count. Rather than seasonal, fashion, they say, has gone global.
And that means one main thing for trends: You can wear them or you can leave them—and still have a perfectly complete wardrobe.
That’s because new shapes, patterns, colors and styles are constantly coming into the woodwork. Many fashion experts say there aren’t even actual trends anymore—new styles on the runway, Instagram or the street are what you make of them.
So go ahead and browse what’s supposed to be big this fall season, but take the advice with a grain of salt. Now, more than ever, what you think of new fashion matters most.
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton