Can you believe that it’s already middle of August of yet another year? Me either. Every time around this time of year I get the urge to go back-to-school shopping for pencils and notebooks – regardless if I’ve been out of school for 4 years. Another shopping urge that I deal with is that of filling my closet with the latest seasonal trends.
Given that the fashion industry is always 6 months ahead of the next season, today’s style is already yesterday’s news. However, this can be really beneficial for planning and identifying purposes. Let me explain: everything that we see on the runaway is very elaborate and, in most cases, over the top for every-day life. Needless to say, the likelihood of buying items off of the runway and wearing them to work, is unlikely – both, from a price and style perspective. Nevertheless, the hope of staying up on the latest fashion – both, from a price and style perspective – should not be lost and here’s why:
- The runway shows, from Paris to Milan to NYC, are overwhelmingly flooded with endless showcases of gorgeous garments that the eye can see. But, the point is to focus on what the eye cannot see: the idea. For example, this Fall’s fashion trend-ideas range from Neon, Novelty Prints, 60’s Mini-Dresses, Sportswear, Fairytale Inspired, etc. But, if you were lucky enough to be at the fashion shows and didn’t know what the idea behind the pieces, you would mostly likely just think of them as pieces of beautiful garments (predicated by adjectives such as beautiful, chic, interesting or even a “ugh, disgusting”).
- Take a peek through any Lookbooks such as this one on Huffpost Style and look at the details of the garments: lace, color patterns, symmetry, over-sized comfort pieces, etc. Then, when you shop, look for the details that appealed to you most and make it your own.
- Stay true to yourself but don’t be afraid to branch out. The biggest mistake in fashion, in my opinion, is to go along with the trend, just to fit in. But, on the inverse, it’s equally bad to stay in your comfort zone and be completely closed off to trying something new.
- You can do something as small as taking on a new color trend that suits your skin tone and incorporate it with your individual style. Or, you can go big and rock a head-to-toe fairytale-inspired style in the form of an all-lace flowy dress to dinner with the girls or the boyfriend the next date night
All in all, fashion is constantly changing even if it is just a constant recycle from previous decades. You don’t have to be a subscriber to every fashion magazine in order to find out what’s “in” for this season, but take a moment to look, let it inspire you and incorporate it with your already-existing individual style. After all, it’s all about you and how you feel and, the idea, is for you to feel amazing in whatever you wear.