Is This “Dirty Word” a Do or a Don’t?

finished sandalsEven if you are only slightly obsessed with Anna Wintour and have a internet connection, you have probably seen that she considers the word “trend” a “dirty word.” Which seems like somewhat of a hypocritical statement; Anna Wintour being the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine that is practically the birthplace of trends. However, the queen of fashion (all hail Anna!) makes this statement because she believes fashion is about an individual’s character, not what’s “in” and that everyone should wear it.

I absolutely embrace this belief of individual style being the ultimate goal instead of owning the “newest” or “trendiest” clothes. But with that being said, you are bound to be wearing “trends” if you meant to or not. So, if you can’t escape trends (if you did you would have to buy new un-trendy clothes every month, which isn’t that just as bad a buying trendy clothes every month?), how do you pick what trends are right for you?

Trends are easy traps to fall into; they are new and exciting. It’s very simple to feel a “love at first sight” kind of moment with a trend, only to find a few months later seeing that trendy item again makes you say to yourself, “what was I thinking?!” The best way to avoid this, is to really get to know you. What you like, what you feel comfortable in, what you want to say to the world. When you have a better sense of yourself, it’s easy to tell if a “trendy” item is just a fading fad or will become a part of your signature style. You have to see yourself wearing it long after it’s trendy days are over, and not feel like a fool or outdated.

If you read my last post, I spoke about wanting to embrace the sunny yellow and pastel pink trend; because these are some of my favorite colors to see and wear. Since I already love these colors, I’ll continue to wear them. In the opposite case, such as the bohemian, “Coachella,” trend that’s been going strong for a few years now, I just can’t get into it. Trust me, I tried flowy tops and fringe-everything, and looked the part because that’s what was “in.” But I easily tire of these things instead of getting excited to wear them. Therefore, I am left with the I-have-nothing-to-wear dilemma.

So though there are countless of other colors and trends this upcoming season, these flowery shades are the ones that really speak to me. It’s important to pick and choose the trends that you like best/work best for you, if any at all! And if you can’t or don’t want to participate in a trend, that’s okay too (even preferable to the most influential tastemakers).

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The First Step to Finding & Defining Your Style

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With summer fashion now in stores full swing, I have finally decided to start narrowing down what exactly I want my summer wardrobe to look like. I’m glad that I waited to see what stores were offering and what trends are…trending. It’s all apart of gathering inspiration, the first step to creating a style that’s irrepressibly you. i.e. the foundation to every great wardrobe.

Which brings me to addressing the importance of cultivating inspiration. When you do not have a clear vision of what you want your wardrobe to look like or how you want to present yourself to the world, it’s almost unavoidable to buy things on impulse, have a closet of miss-matched clothes, or be left with outfits that you feel don’t represent you. No wonder Pinterest was an explosion of popularity on the internet, it’s just about the easiest way to find and store inspiration. This would be my preferred method, but just because it works for me, doesn’t mean it’s the best for everyone. There are other great ways to cultivate inspiration, whether it’s Polyvore, books, movies, magazines, or the good, old-fashioned inspiration board, still the preferred choice by most designers and creatives. Whatever your jam, it’s important that you keep this source of inspiration easily accessible and reference often. Having this visual reference of what you’re interested in makes choosing clothes so much simpler, it’s easy to see if an item goes with the vibe or function your going for, or if it just doesn’t work with your wardrobe.

Last season I started testing choosing inspiration for my wardrobe instead of just buying on impulse; and by choosing inspiration beforehand, I was able to strategize how everything would work together and what wouldn’t work at all. For winter I chose festive tartans such as Stewart plaid and bright colors like candy apple red and sunny yellow (you can take a look at my inspiration board here). Though the Christmas-y plaids are purely seasonal, yellow and red remain as some of my favorite colors to wear, so you will definitely see them in my wardrobe throughout the year.

Yellow is also a popular color this summer, as well as pastel pinks. Along with an emphasis on yellow and pink, other elements I want to include in my summer wardrobe include gingham plaid, off-the-shoulder styles, distressed/paint splattered jeans, and to top it all off, a straw boater hat (the perfect walk-in-the-park-in-a-summer-dress hat–SO Édouard Manet!). Next, I will pick the perfect pieces to reflect my inspiration, strategize how they will all go together, and voila! A wardrobe that is fun, functional, and inspired. And of course, I will keep you updated on here along the way.

To take a further look into my inspiration, simply click on this link. You can even stay updated with everything that inspires me by following me on Pinterest (I assure you, there will be more to come).

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