I don't like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same.
I think a lot about trends. While this is Style Wednesday and I am writing about trends vis-à-vis fashion, there are trends in home decorating, cars, literature, music - well the list just goes on and on...
I admit that as my taste evolved over the past two years, I suddenly found myself chasing trends in a way I never had before.
You could blame it on JCrew.
You could blame it on fashion blogs.
You could blame it on all of you lovely women whose blogs I visit and who inspire me to try something new.
You could blame it on turning 50.
You could blame it on all of the emails that come in the mail and show me "pretty things for pretty girls" one of my favourite quotes of my Philosopher Queen, Lucy from Peanuts.
But really, it is all of the above and none of the above, and more a symptom of trying to sort out my style than anything.
Having said that, the endless emails and website updates implore us, nay, direct us, to stay current. We NEED the season's hottest hue, the IT bag, the IT coat, the IT shoe.
This fall, I have been slowly spinning myself away from trends, purchasing instead items that were woefully nonexistent in my closet - neutrals for example or comfy clothing for working in and that more suited the life of a pre-published writer - or purchasing items that met my newly minted style criteria of creative/nostalgic.
Hues that are "in" this fall that are not part of my colour story or my new style have been ignored. I have ignored the leather that is everywhere this fall and focused on soft and cozy. I was unable to ignore glitter, but then, I never would completely ignore glitter would I?
But this got me to thinking - how far do you all dip into trends? Do you find it hard to ignore them, or do you embrace them fully? What determines what trends you decide to participate in - is it that heart-stopping thing you catch a glimpse of in a magazine or on a website or Pinterest? Now please do not tell you never buy anything trendy - all of us see some 'it' thing that we 'must' have...What helps you justify buying into the trend? Lucy and I want to know! Do you regrets any purchases afterwards??? I could write an epic poem, and maybe I shall, about my fails...
I thought I would share today's outfit with you, one that is decidedly untrendy I think - A cozy outfit put together for a crisp October day, a creamy crocheted sweater over my blue Joe Fresh dress, grey BCBG leggings and my Fry boots, wrapped up with a blue cotton scarf:
With the leather Cole Haan purse I scored in Massachusetts this summer, I was the very picture of fall prep. I admit to wandering the streets looking for Ryan O'Neal, but alas he has gone from this:
I'm not judging you Ryan - we all age - you should see my belly. Though god knows, you have lived a little harder than I have, I think...
Have an awesome Wednesday all and stay safe out there!