Who, What, Wear?

Today I want to talk about “trends.” What makes a trend and what exactly does it mean? A trend in fashion is what’s hip or popular at a certain point in time. Trends usually refer to a certain style in fashion or entertainment, but there can be a trend toward warmer weather, or a movement or tendency or trending subject on social media. I got a Pinterest email just this week that stated that the trending subjects were: coffee pot soup, elf on the shelf ideas, Sarah Drew hair and Jonas shirtless. (Yes, I looked them up)

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But back to fashion. Glamour magazine states that Fall fashion trends are “always full of OMG moments, but we can’t deny how great it is to spot a trend that can be worn in everyday life.” Most of the designs we see in magazines are way “out there,” if you know what I mean, but there are ways to make a trend work for us everyday folk. Obviously we can all tone down our colors and perhaps buy a cape or a new fringed scarf, or find a pair of heels that are actually comfortable, and wear them with the “everything” shirt.

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The question that remains unanswered is “how in the world did these clothes become trends in the first place?” The answer is rather complicated and originates in Milan and Paris, for the most part, where designers stay hard at work drawing up what they envision to be the next fashion statement. From there, items are copied and some select few pieces arrive in the posh- posh designer stores of Beverly Hills and New York City.

Then the famous and well-off actresses with scads of money are invited in to the store to be the first to see what will be the “rage,” with every storekeeper holding his or her breath, hoping the investment they have just made will pay off. If one of the pieces sells for an insane price and is photographed on a popular actress or fashionista then it becomes a “hit,” and the mainstream (read: us) finds “knockoffs” hastily added to clothing orders from Macys, J C Penny’s and Target.

It’s a guessing game, this fashion dance, much like trends in the stock market and trends in automotive design. But it’s really very simple if you follow the golden rule:

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Have an enjoyable week everyone, being you.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

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