" Build a wardrobe rather than focusing on trends"
This quote pops up in my mind, when it comes to buying new clothes for the up coming season. Classics always work and are mostly a long-lasting investment. But what about trend pieces? I must confess, this summer, I couldn't resist a bunch of trends like straw bags, white shoes or polka dots...but not all trends have to be avoided. I think, like everything in life, balance is the keyword. And knowing, what works for you.
So when it comes to trends, I think there is a difference between trends, that work for me, and which I will love one season, maybe forget about them next season, but will wear them back again and again until they become classics in my wardrobe. And on the other hand there are trends, which I just wear a few times until I think to myself: "What was I thinking?" and will get rid of them as soon as possible. These kind of trend pieces are the ones, I am trying to avoid, because I know, I won't like them for very long and I will want to get rid of them after only a few months.
I divided these kind of trends in different categories, so I can detect them easily:
The Logo Trend
In my opinion, nearly everything with a big logo or a logo print on it, will sooner or later be out of style and mostly never gets a come back. Besides of feeling like an advertising pillar wearing it, most of these items are just some simple pieces without any special design, just covered with a huge logo on it (like for example the Gucci t-shirt). And if the design is nice, it mostly gets totally hidden behind an all over logo print (like the beautiful Dionysus bag covered with the not so beautiful Gucci print). I once got weak and bought a Gucci belt for example, but I somehow felt ridiculous wearing it, because it was a simple black belt with a huge logo on it, so everybody could see "Hey, I am wearing Gucci!".
So I learned for myself, if a trend contains a huge logo print and nothing besides that, I will ignore it...
The everybody-has-it Trend
So who isn't familiar with this kind of trend I mean...You begin to see an item over and over again and although you never felt like you were the type wearing that kind of thing, you suddenly feel the urge to get it yourself. And if it gets out of stock, it becomes the most wanted piece on your wish list! A few years ago, these kind of trends always got me. Mostly the evil Zara it-pieces :) When I finally got them, they felt like trophies, until I wore them once or twice and then landed in my tictail shop or on the flea market, because I felt, they weren't really me at all.
That means, if everybody seems to have a trend piece, it doesn't mean, that you have to have it too. Ask yourself, does it fit your style and the rest of your wardrobe? Do you have plenty of combos in your head? Can you imagine to still wear it next year? Then go get it! If not, leave it...and sooner or later this piece will disappear anyway all over Instagram and Co., because there will be the next must have piece everybody will want to hunt ;)
The uncomfy Trend
There are some trends that look super awesome on pictures, but if you try them on, they are super uncomfy...for me, for example, it was the case with the whole off-shoulder trend. I loved this kind of tops on other girls, but when I wore them myself, they drove me crazy. They always slipped and I wasn't even able to wear a jacket over it.
So if a trendy piece looks good, but is uncomfy as hell, I will leave it.
These are a few of the trend traps, I want to avoid this season.
The best outfits for me are anyway a good mix of classics combined with maybe one trend that really works for me. Like the one I'm wearing above. A simple and elegant camel coat, some classic slippers (not the Gucci ones you know ;)) and one of my favorite summer trends, a polka dotted blouse. Which I know will definitely become a classic in my wardrobe...;)
So what about you? Can you resist the trend traps, or do you think, a wardrobe should exist out of trend pieces and should always be updated?
*the shoes worn above are a pr sample by flattered (no paid content).