This post is coming from the mouth (well, it’s technically being typed and not spoken, but you catch my drift) of someone that is fashion-obsessed. I love clothes. Cannot get enough of ’em. In fact, I’d go as far as to say I am reaching shopaholic status. It’s escalating quickly.
I’ve always been obsessed with all things fashion, ever since a young age. High School Musical brought 9-year-old Maddie Vanessa Hudgens, my style icon to date, and my favourite magazine used to be Company, as it was practically a fashion scrapbook of dreams.
I love everything about clothes. I love how an outfit becomes an outward expression of who you are as a person, I love how you can be daring and experiment with clothes and I love how that right look can make you feel positive and content with yourself.
However, [controversial opinion 101], I’m not the biggest fan of trends. Shock horror, I know. Of course I still buy into the ones that I want to (proof: the Topshop gingham trousers I’m sportin’ in this post) but there’s just something about fashion trends that often gets on me lil nerves. Hear me out, okay- these are the reasons why I’m not always a fan of trend-based pieces:
1) THE DUPE PROBLEM: The gingham skirt? Oh yeah, Topshop, New Look, H&M, Forever 21, Primark and Zara all have practically the same skirt in stock. What do you mean River Island’s just brought out a dupe of the H&M one I’ve just purchased? For goodness sake…
S/S17 rolled around and every SINGLE high street shop decided that gingham and ruffles were the way forward for the foreseeable future, and consequently decided to become clones of one another. I have genuinely lost count of the number of times since I’ve bought my H&M gingham skirt that I’ve found another that is practically the same gracing another high street shop. It’s all fun and games when I found this dupe in Topshop, which was triple the price of the skirt I bought, but it genuinely hurts my heart when I find a cheaper version, that’s just as nice, elsewhere. I’m a student- I’m poor. Trends, y u do dis to me?!
2) THE ‘ARE WE TWINS?’ LOOK: It’s Lucy’s 21st and you’re feeling fab in your new Topshop ruffle dress. Spotted on celebs and all your fave bloggers, you’re practically feeling like royalty. However, the night’s kinda ruined when you turn up to find the bday girl sporting said ruffles and a glare to let you know her night has now gone from the best birthday ever, to the worst evening of possibly her entire existence.
It’s a constant worry. You want to retain your individuality, but these trend pieces are just calling your name because they’re so cute and summery and perfect for your wardrobe, if only everyone else wasn’t wearing them too. You’re practically getting palpitations trying to work out which slogan tee is going to be the least worn by other people and whether you could maybe crop that really popular one so it’s a little more individual? A constant dilemma, I know.
3) HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? I mean, we’ve got gingham trousers, gingham leggings, gingham tops, gingham dresses- but then there’s so many different types of each clothing item you need at least 5 gingham tops before your wardrobe is sufficed.
How much can we buy into a trend before we’re accidentally rocking head to toe gingham? There’s sometimes too many variations of one trend, it can be a little overwhelming. And when I say ‘little’, I’m understating, a lot. Maybe it’s time I set myself a gingham spending ban. Will I stick to it? Who knows.
4) THE INSTA GRID ISSUE: I can’t wear THAT leopard print dress out with the girls, because I know we’ll be taking pictures and I’ve already posted a snap of me in the dress last week, so now I’ve just got to wear something else. I was really looking forward to wearing that dress as well. Damn it.
Such trend-based pieces have a ‘I NEED to wear this, omg I love it, I want to wear it every day’ vibe about them, but they also are so distinct that once you’ve worn them once, you can’t really wear them again, for fear that people may think it’s the only item of clothing you own. It’s not, but it’s the only item of clothing you want to own. You love it, but you can’t wear it. It’s v bittersweet, I know.
5) THE PRACTICALITY FACTOR: The flute sleeved jumper that makes holding the simplest of things extremely difficult, along with a debilitating inability to eat finger food without dipping the sleeves into said nibbles, I’m looking @ u.
Some trends are so damn cute, but are just not damn wearable. There’s the issue of practicality, but another factor is the reality of wearing such garments. That shirt with the huge 80’s style shoulders? Can I get away with prancing around in it without looking like an idiot? The answer is (sadly) probably no.
My lasting advice for you all: if you like a trend-based piece, just go ahead and buy it. Talking from experience, it’s best to impulse buy something you love. Don’t spend your time mulling over whether a friend will rock the same outfit, if the trend will stand the test of time or how many Insta shots you’ll get out of said garment- just buy the thing that you really love. Trends come and go; nothing is individual anymore. So if it works for your personal style, who cares if the rest of the population also own that same dress?! I promise you, I’m talking from experience. Last time I mulled over a lust-have trend-based item, it ended up going out of flipping stock. Was discontinued by Topshop. And then I ended up having to buy it over-priced and second-hand on Ebay. Leopard print dress, you’re the culprit.