Sometimes we’re instantly drawn to a particular look, silhouette, colour or trend, even though it’s out of character and not our typical style integrity. And sometimes we start off NOT liking a trend — even saying we will never wear it — but it ends up growing on us. I find these reactions to fashion fascinating because they’re often spontaneous and usually hard to explain. You embrace the change and move on to the next leg of your style journey.
I can think of a four fashion moments that caught me by surprise.
Sporty Luxethis trend as soon as it surfaced, despite being dressy, polished and very un-sporty. Bomber jackets, tennis and cricket inspired knitwear, upscale trackpants, golf belts, basketball shorts, golf shoes, sneakers, upscale sweatshirts, fashionable backpacks, haute baseball caps, parachute fabric, perforated textures, raglan sleeves, rugby stripes, nylon, and anything equestrian. As long as there is a refined and crisp element to the outfit, I’m in. I guess it’s the luxe part of sporty that I am identifying with the most, as well as happy feet.
Now I think of blush pink as “one of my colours” and have been steadily adding to the capsule each season.
This completely changed my mind about the look, so much so that I bought a black pair in silk that year. I love harem pants and still wear mine with lots of affection.
One can truly never say never in fashion. New trends can change our minds in an instant, or grow on us over time. This is all part of the fun. Never a dull moment, and things are always evolving.
Over to you. What are your most memorable style surprises?