Puffed sleeves, loosely fitted tailoring, and tie-dye are some of the trends that come to mind when thinking about the prevalent items in today’s fashion era in the UK. In particular, the classic Instagram outfit that consists of cycling shorts, an oversized blazer, ‘dad trainers,’ and oval or cat-eye sunglasses. They are often worn by fashion influencers, where their followers will want to wear what they are styling. This creates a spread of people that are wearing the exact same thing.
In the past, a fashion trend was introduced by fashion houses, published to a magazine, featured in shop windows, and then worn by a consumer. The runway still plays a pivotal part in fashion and always will. However, with the rise of social media, the public has taken inspiration from street style, fashion influencers and fashion capitals all over the world.
Now, this isn’t a problem if you genuinely enjoy wearing those items of clothing. I like some of them too, and there are classic pieces that began as trends, which I believe will always be timeless, like the ‘little black dress.’ A colour which once signified mourning, but once Coco Chanel criticised the colours of the dresses worn by women at a charity ball as ‘too awful, they make woman ugly. I think they ought to be dressed in black.’ The famous design was born and worn all over the world.
Although, as so many people are wearing similar pieces, there has to be at least someone who is purchasing them just because they are popular and ‘in fashion’ not because they genuinely like them. I wouldn’t say I follow trends, but I research them so I know what is currently in fashion, as I would like a future career in it. From doing so, I have purchased items that happen to be considered ‘trendy,’ but I also genuinely love them – for example, a 90’s style shoulder bag and a mini flap crossbody. Yet, I like to style them with pieces that are more personal to me, like a shift dress I found on Depop, or my favourite mom jeans that I won’t get rid of any time soon despite the rise of new trouser silhouettes -like flares and a wide-leg- that are making a comeback (which I also do like.) The point is, I’m not going to stop wearing my mom jeans just because they aren’t considered as trendy anymore.
I have recently found posts online about how to find the holy grail of your style that makes you feel comfortable and unique. I would love to do a post about this someday, but currently, I don’t know if I have found my ultimate, individual style, and that’s ok. I have recently read a quote where someone stated that ‘more comfortable people will take elements and mix them with their own personality.’ This inspires me to try different items of clothing, accessories or brands and research fashion designers like ‘Minju Kim’ ‘Alabama Chanin’ and ‘Rei Kawakubo.’
The Adidas Superstar trainers were initially designed for basketball in 1969. After increasing in popularity in the 80s, they made a comeback in 2015. However, once known as an ‘icon of casual wear and a staple in street style,’ fast forward to five years, they are labelled as ‘basic,’ as chunky trainers such as the Fila Disruptors and Stompers have become the new ‘it shoe’ after Balenciaga released the Triple S in their fall/winter 2017 collection. Many people are searching for the latest fashion trend; the only problem is that, whatever it may be, it will be worn by an immense number of people (hence the word trend) where it will be eventually thrown off the racks and chucked into the basic pile. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, fashion will always be like this, but it’s just an endless, vicious cycle.
‘People who dress the best are the people who don’t follow trends because, ultimately, they will become the trend.’
With four seasons a year: Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter, Resort and Pre-Fall, it’s impossible to always wear what’s considered ‘the new trend’ and have your signature style. I believe that not following the trends published in Vogue doesn’t make you any less stylish.
In five years’ time, the current Instagram, fashion influencer style will be replaced with something entirely different. But that’s what’s exciting about fashion; it’s always evolving, and it’s fun to experiment. I can only hope that consumers don’t purchase a chunky sole boot -introduced by brands like Prada- or a floral blouse with a squared neckline, only because they’re trendy or because they saw their favourite celebrity wear it, but also for the reason that they think the piece looks nice. Fashion is cyclical; what was stylish will be once again. If you’re wearing clothes that you worry are ‘outdated,’ you’re not behind the fashion curve, you’re in front of it!