Today, class......we're going to talk about trends (writing T-R-E-N-D-S on a cyber chalkboard). Your reference? This post by Danie of No Guilt Fashion.
Danie, so succinctly wrote about her issue with trends. Describing this issue, she writes, "The problem is that if I dress according to what is the current trend I look like everybody else." That's right! And where's the style in that?
This came up again today when Bella (The Citizen Rosebud) asked via Facebook if anyone had gone to Target to take advantage of the Missoni collaboration. To which I replied similar to Danie. I actually think Missoni makes works of art in knits. Seriously, they've taken the flame stitch to a whole new place. So I'm a huge fan! But to purchase this at Target now is sure to leave me seeing myself all over the place. I lose my uniqueness. I'm just another woman following a trend.
You see, that's the problem with trends. They invite crowds, not individuals. Trends draw others' focus to itself and not to the wearer. Trends focus on numbers and personal style focuses on one number....ONE. Trends are those cool girls in high school who require you to wear your hair a certain way or only carry a particular purse in order to "fit in" to their group. And once your in that clique, you become the clique and lose part or all of what makes you like no other.
I commented on Danie's post that the women that are known as fashion icons don't follow trends....they set them! Did Coco Chanel wear layers of pearls because everyone else wore them? What about Dita Von Teese? She was doing vintage YEARS before it became popular. Alexa Chung? I think most would agree that she drives today's trends, she doesn't follow them.....she CREATED them simply by being herself. These women stay true to themselves and their aesthetic and are iconized for it.
I think there's a lesson there. If we all follow our OWN style, our own passion; then we're ALL icons! I think you make a GREAT style icon!! And so do I!