Our What Fashion means to me series continues with Bevv Forde.
A “trend”, according to the Longman’s English Dictionary, is defined as “a fashion or style, the latest or most popular fashion”
In my opinion, trends are copies of original ideas. They are meant to be mixed and matched, used wisely and combined with care; not to copy and paste. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with following trends, but not all trends work for everyone.
Rather, trends help guide “fashionistas”. They help keep them abreast of what’s in and what’s out, what is, and what’s not. After the trends are set, “fashionistas” make them their own by adding individuality and innovation – the effect…a whole new fashion!
For example, three people can wear the same clothes – same colour, brand, everything – but by throwing in their own style, make them look like three extremely different outfits!
In fashion, one of the key aspects is originality; trends are merely the foundation. When combined with individual style, new fads and fashions are created. Trends are not meant to be cloned or copied. When that is done, I think it shows a lack in originality and self-expression. The “latest trend” doesn’t work for everyone -not everyone can wear high-waist pants and make it look good – and in the fashion world, knowing what does and does not suit you is extremely important!
Of course, trends, don’t apply solely to clothes. Short hair is the “newest trend” but people like Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Keri Hilson and Cheri Dennis bring a little personal flair to their hairstyles. There are also the newest gadgets, bags, shoes, and accessories!!
I don’t like following trends. It’s so much more fun setting them, playing around with them, experimenting with them and making your own statements. It’s all about making it your own so that you’re comfortable.
Fashion tells a thousand words; it says who you are and how you feel. If you’re not comfortable with how you look or feel in an outfit or with a hairstyle, it’s easy to tell. So, yes, it’s “in style” but as cliché as it may sound, always make it “YOU!”
Remember: add a little personal flair, be innovative, and experiment, because it’s obvious that fashion isn’t a hobby…it’s a lifestyle.