“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
I don’t know if any of you were cringing with me a few years ago, when it became obvious that “bling” and “flossy” were going to become regular verbage in pop-culture and style vocabulary. Not so much the words themselves, but the cultural laws of gravity and attraction. This same force is responsible for bell-bottoms, Farrah Fawcett wing-hair,
the lace and leather phenomenon of the Madonna-80’s, stirrup-pants and leggings (which have come back in style, somehow,)
dark and dramatic make-up of the Knots Landing era,
the ultra-modern/Eurythmics (love her by the way)/too-sharp-to-touch haircuts,
the Stone-Temple-Pearl-Chiles grunge era, and the list goes on…
There are entirely too many avenues of discussion concerning the implications of this force in terms of socio-economics, gender, the uniqueness of it to modern society as opposed to 150 years ago, and of course the psychology that drives it. That is much more college-paper friendly than blog-friendly, so I’m going to give my unabridged opinion on the matter. As history proves, each one of these trends caused someone, somewhere to cringe and refuse to partake; that is, until over time it had become such a permanent fixture that they succumbed and exhibited at least some variation of that which originally made them want to up-chuck. For me, it was bling and the ticky- tacky thing that overtook fashion for a while. And I personally rejoice at this particular trend exiting the stage. Now, we can go back to saving our money for the real thing, rather than the faux.
As we are finding in magazines as well as the rest of cultural media, classic is back. Thank Newton!
Please observe the upcoming looks for the fall:
I prefer timeless fashion over trendy, loud fashion for the same reasons I prefer black and white photography. Without the color in the image, you are forced to look closer at the subjects and really examine the photo instead of getting caught up in color schemes. Not that color is the enemy, but black and white photography evokes a different type of response. I believe the same to be true about fashion. When a woman is wearing something mature and timeless, you tend to see more of the woman; not the clothes. Again, that is not to say that a statement making piece isn’t a blast sometimes. But when you choose to wear something loud with quality and poise, the statement is ‘yes, I realize this sweater is Chartreuse, and I chose it with confidence.’ Not ‘the patterns on my shirt are giving you a seizure, so I must be doing something right.’
This seems to be where fashion has been hovering for the past few years. Granted, there have been the J. Crews and the Ann Taylors out there. Because let’s face it; what we see in high-fashion magazines is nearly unattainable to the masses until it makes its way into consignment shops, thrift stores, or other after-market destinations. So that said, I’m welcoming the change back to the classic. Perhaps now, age-appropriate clothes are back and I can stop trying to stuff my back-side into low-rise pants…which by the way are NOT made for women who have had kids. Wait. Maybe they aren’t made for women at all. Or walk around in shoes that are really the equivalent of trying to stand on knitting needles covered by a piece of wood. Now let me qualify: I love my pointy-toed heels. I don’t love the pink patent leather stacks that I’m seeing on mothers waiting in the check-out line at the grocery with their kids. They are impractical at best.
Additionally, I’ve been excited to see where this is going in home fashion as well, given that apparel and home décor are sisters. Inevitably the one influences the other.
Readers, what fashion trend makes you cringe? And what continues to be your favorite timeless trend?