I'm not too fond of fashion trends per se; why should we all conform to the same outfit, and strive to look like each other? How boring! Our genetics grant us with different body shapes, skin colour and height, therefore current fashion will not suit all of us.
Having said that, I do like to keep up to date with current trends if only to see how an outfit or style can be replicated second hand. If we see an outfit of a particular colour, style or fit that we think would suit us, then why not mirror what we see with clothing items already in existence, whether those pieces are from the thrift store, our friends, our parents, or even our grandparents clothing collection!
Thrift Shop lyric vest seen here
I received an email with a guest post suggestion, '5 Trending Outfits Today', published below. A little inspiration for what we could look out for second hand.
5 Trending Outfits Today by Anna Hicks
Fashion evolves and changes over time. What was popular at this time last year might not necessarily be popular now. Here are five of the outfit trends that are popular right now:
Typically the idea is to blend things together—choose complementary colors and patterns to create an overall look. This year, though, the theme is contrast. Whatever your primary outfit parts are (pants, skirt, shorts, tops, etc) you want there to be contrast between them. Black and white is especially popular this year (a nice change from the pastels that usually take over during the spring) but it’s also a good idea to contrast patters. For example, if you have a horizontally striped sweater, choose a vertically striped skirt or pants (or even go with a checkerboard pattern).
When it comes to accessories, bling is out. This is great news for people who are on a budget. Simple cubic zirconia jewelry is the way to go, not ostentatious and genuine gem stones. Great big necklaces that take up half of your shirt and look like something you’d hang on a curtain rod or bracelets that are really forearm sized bands are over. Thin and delicate is in again (thank goodness, people were starting to look like seventies wall art had exploded all over them).
Bermuda shorts are making a big comeback this spring and summer. This is great news for people who want to have weather appropriate clothing that can double as work attire. These are also great choices for people who want lighter clothing in the warmer weather but don’t like the idea of showing off their thighs.
Mad Men is still a popular television show and its dapper style is still all of the rage for fashion designers. Fitted shirts, skirts, dresses and suits are growing in popularity. While you don’t need things to cling to you like the seer suckers used to, you do want to ensure that whatever you wear is properly fitted to you.
Helmut Newton is a famous photographer and artist and his influence is definitely taking over the fashion world (which some are also calling the “50 Shades of Grey” look). Leather is being introduced again—in angled harnesses, stripes and other decorative but tying together elements for outfits.
Well I have to say, I'm not overly fond of the Helmut Newton look myself, (and its highly unlikely you'll find such pieces in your grandparents collection, at least you'd hope not!) but each to their own. I do quite like a bit of contrast, and happy to see the length of shorts moving in the right direction, but I have to say, although big necklaces and bracelets might be 'out' I'm still a fan of big statement pieces, and will continue to wear chunky accessories.
Readers, do you follow current fashion trends, or do you steer clear of popular fashion altogether?