“I don’t like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same.”
– Carolina Herrera
Don’t get me wrong, trends are infectiously fun. The fact that donning a pair of overalls is socially acceptable over the age of five and that Eva Chen openly validated my devotion to wearing sneakers with skirts is absurdly awesome. But alas, let’s not forget there are reasons why trends expire over time.
Let’s go back a bit. Do you remember the days of middle school/high school when the entire class had to wear the same brands to be considered “cool?” (I’m almost tempted to write “kewl” and even now it kills me – luckily I never caught onto that) I remember my own mother putting a lot of money into those Lacoste polos and Hollister mini skirts and I went to a school where we all had uniforms. Uniforms. Not even the kind where you had to throw on a blazer and call it a day, but serious, plaid skorts of terror and especially thick button-ups on certain days. That one day or two out of the year where we were allowed to “dress down” was as much as a social challenge as a priviledge. At that point, it didn’t matter what your shirt said, it only mattered where it came from – which, I’ll admit, I played into the idea like the rest of my like-minded classmates. We were all so lost in trying to fit in we did not give ourselves the option of finding out what is was like to stand out.
I’d like to think that those days are behind us, that as we grow we develope our own unique identities that we are proud to show. We all know, but perhaps rarely remember, that many of the movers and shakers of our world did not follow the crowd. I dislike the saying ‘great minds think alike’ because it’s just a falsity used when the conversation lags and the cliches need to be brought out. After finishing L’Amour Fou the other night, I wonder where we would be with the differentiating views of the artists who create our clothing. Would we all still be wearing Lacoste polos?
Here’s the advice I wish I could have given to my tall, gawky preteen-self and I now share with all of you:
Follow your own trends.
You’ll be happier with yourself (and your closet) if you do.
What do you adore wearing that might not exactly be on-trend?
NYC Girl in Pearls