A friend of mine sent me a screenshot yesterday of GQ’s headline – “The Big Suit Trend is Only Getting Bigger.” It showed male models with hollowed-out cheeks wearing suits that looked 3 sizes too big for them. He commented “I’d hoped this would have gone out of style after the Talking Heads put it to bed, and never woke up.” (Gawd I have the most awesome pals.)
I responded with an impassioned little monologue about how I hate the fashion industry so much sometimes.
I love STYLE. And I love how fashion trends have shaped people’s style and how it can inspire people to try new things. But I hate when the industry seems SO out of touch on what the normal person is going to be able to wear. I can appreciate fashion for fashion’s sake. Looking at it like art. But I think sometimes it can just alienate the general public by feeling so inaccessible. Aspirational? That’s cool. Unrealistic? You’re just going to piss people off.
Excuse me one moment… as I step down from my soapbox.
I have DO respect for the fashion industry. Remember when Miranda Priestly SCHOOLED Andie on its influence?
Oh I see…:
You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select, 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, its not turquoise, its not lapis, its actually cerulean, and you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002 Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns, and then I think is was Yves Saint Laurent wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets – I think we need a jacket here – and then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers, and that 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 its 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 a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.
(Okay now I’m gonna have to watch The Devil Wears Prada again tonight.)
She’s right. It’s ignorant to consider oneself completely removed from fashion. But it’s important to understand how it fits into your life, and feel empowered to take what you love and shun what you don’t.
There are a couple of distinct things that I appreciate about “trends”.
They prompt ideas in me. I get inspired by seeing things, and seeing a constant influx of what fashion pubs are writing about gets me to thinking. I like that. You start seeing something everywhere that perhaps you might have previously written off, and you might consider it again. And then either try it out or reject it more decisively. Or you might see something that you NEVER considered and think, “Hey. Hmm. I might like that.”
When things I already loved become “trendy” they are much easier to find. For instance, bell sleeves are EVERYWHERE right now and I love them so much. And love that I don’t have to hunt as much to find something with those delightful long flares because they are in so many stores currently. And all over my pinterest. And my instagram feed. And I just…delight in that.
Here are the things I’m excited about right now. Some of which are trendy, some of which were trendy a year ago and I am finally paying attention to, some of which are “who the hell knows or cares if they are trendy or not.”
Yeah I already mentioned this, but I’m JUST. SO. STOKED.
Turtlenecks everywhere. Loose cozy turtlenecks. Fitted ribbed turtlenecks. Turtlenecks under things. Turtlenecks, turtlenecks, turtlenecks!
I started noticing a BUNCH of cheery pink coats on the inter webs several months ago, and I became really excited about getting one. I never did because I stubbornly waited to find one secondhand, which never happened. But – the color is sweet and girly and makes me feel like I can put a smidge more blush on that day to really embrace my femininity.
The 80s vibe.
This one people keep calling trendy and I want to be like “Gee whiz people, you’ve been saying this for years,” but I am a MASSIVE fan of leggings (and, for the record, I believe in wearing them as pants, #sorrynotsorry) and leg warmers and teased hair and non-hooded sweatshirts and ALL OF IT. May this “trend” last forever.
Sassy statement teeshirts.
I technically only own one, and it’s my treasured “Nasty Woman” tee, but I really want to own a million. “How’s Leslie feeling today?” people might wonder for a split second, but then they will know because I will tell them WITH MY SHIRT. How awesome is that?! Someday (hopefully in the near future) I will write a post all about my most coveted sassy shirts. (In the meantime, there’s one in my birthday wish list.)
So those things have got me jazzed.
What are you guys inspired about these days? Anything you’re still wanting to pull off before winter melts away? Anything you can’t wait to wear when it starts to warm up?