“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” — Gianni Versace Source
Yes, yes, I know it’s only January. For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, “real spring”, is still months away but I just couldn’t resist. Every year spring and fall mark the rebirth of a new season in fashion and with the change in weather comes the inevitable closet flip.
Trends can be a lot of fun to indulge in, it gives a sense of comradery, to dip your toe into the collective pool of group-fashion. Yes, trends can be short-lived but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be enjoyed. Finding the trends that are right for your style is key to maximizing the mileage you will get out of a given trend. There’s also no rule stating that a trendy item cannot become a staple in your closet long after it quits being a “thing” on your Instagram feed. A good rule of thumb? If you still love it, keep wearing it.
How do we know something is a trend already? Well, the easiest way to determine this is by how often you see it. Whether it be in runway shows, on social media (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook), in the streets or in tv/movies, trends become obvious the more often you see them repeated. This will not necessarily be as blatant as every person wearing the exact same t-shirt but is usually more broad in terms of the undercurrent of the trend (a pattern, the silhouette, length or shape of an item of clothing, a particular brand, an accessory, a hair color, and the list goes on.
The beauty of this being that trends are not necessarily literal but rather “open for interpretation” by each individual. Every season, designers release their trend ideas to the masses and what we do with that is completely up to us. How do people know what trends will be before they happen? This can be a mix of a few different things; experience in the industry, consumer research, and my personal favourite, intuition. There have been many times in the past where I have bought things without consciously knowing it would be popular, either I bought it a year or two before it became a big theme or I saw it somewhere once and decided that I liked it. I can watch runway shows and I just get a feeling about certain aspects of the looks presented and details will pop into my head that I jot down to focus on.
Here is a roundup of the top 10 items that I think will be popular with the fashion crowd come spring:
Anything with Lace
Sheer Skirt or Dress
Beige & White
Pearl, Pearls, Pearls
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Hope you find this post helpful when deciding the perfect items for your spring/summer wardrobe! Ciao!