Why I Don’t Follow Fashion Trends
I work in fashion, and research upcoming trends during my day-to-day. Therefore, I see a lot of what’s coming into stores before the majority of people. While I have a lot of appreciation for certain collections and pieces, following trends doesn’t appeal to me at all. Over the last year, I’ve learned a lot about the ins and outs of the fashion world, with everything from colour themes to silhouettes and styling options. Trends rule the world of fashion, and are created by established designers who have dominated the fashion world for decades on end. Despite having the utmost respect for these people and their incredible talent and knowledge, trends don’t define fashion for me personally. Today’s post explains why even as a fashion blogger, I don’t follow fashion trends, and choose to take my own path with it instead.
Following fashion trends is wasteful (in my opinion)
Hear me out before you disagree. You see a piece on the catwalk, you love it. You need it, and you buy it. It’s all the rage for several months, until a new fashion season starts and new trends emerge. Your last-season favourite goes out of style, and you don’t want to wear it again. Then, you follow a new trend and repeat the cycle. This may not necessarily be the case for all, but I’ve seen it a lot. This has never been how I invest in my wardrobe. As a minimalist, I have a medium collection of clothes that I can wear year-round. If there are any trend pieces, it’s because they’re what I like, and not because they’re the trend of the season. There’s far too much pressure to dress how esteemed fashion houses tell you you should, and I’m just not about it.
Fashion is about self-expression, not following rules
A major one for me. The beauty of fashion is that there aren’t any rules to follow. You choose what you like and style it your way. It’s about self-expression, and doing it your way without hesitation. People follow trends not only because they like what they see, but because they’re safe and stylish for that season, and they can feel comfortable in what they’re wearing knowing that others will like it, too. For me, fashion isn’t about other people. It’s about me, choosing what I like and what makes me feel good and like myself. That’s all it’s ever been about. Choosing minimal, alternative and monochrome pieces make me feel the most like myself. They inspire confidence, pride and individuality in my look, which is all I ever wanted. No trend can ever compete with that.
I don’t want to look like everyone else
That’s pretty much the bottom line. I wear what I want for me, not to please society and the fashion world. As a fashion blogger, I’m never going to get anywhere if I follow every trend and look like everyone else. I’m not saying that following trends is wrong, it just isn’t for me. There’s also the fact that my personal tastes and fashion trends don’t always mesh. Despite working five days a week in fashion, I never think about fashion trends when I’m planning outfits for my blog, or when I’m deciding what to wear day-to-day. I’ll gladly document and discuss new collections from my favourite designers, but I don’t feel inclined to emulate them. Why follow someone else’s idea of fashion when you can create your own?
What’s your opinion on fashion trends, do you love ’em or hate ’em?