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Page 2 in the conversation "Wearing out a trend" by Runcarla
I tend to be a medium-late or never trend adopter and I’m totally okay wearing a trend that I like that has passed by. For example: I enjoyed high-low hem midi dresses and wore a couple knit dresses in summer from 2011-2017; now I’m wearing the asymmetrical hem Universal Standard Geneva knit dress. I wasn’t interested in boyfriend jeans or wide leg crops and bypassed that trend. I wear saturated jewel tones all the time and when they are on trend/available I stock up. I love the floaty romanticism of bell/flare sleeves and will happily continue to wear blouses (from late 2017/early 2018) like this. Ditto Pussycat bow blouses that I got in 2015. Moto jackets and dark skinny jeans and oxfords and colorful cat-eye specs and low-heeled booties are a staple for me. I jumped on gilets/long open vests because they suit me and my wardrobe. I LOVE Universal Standard’s mesh tops and dresses (Fog) for layering and I don’t think that’s really a trend. I tend to be less trendy in pants/bottoms and more willing to experiment with a top/blouse or a dress.
Also, it can take a while for trends to filter down to plus sizes, except in some fast fashion brands.
I’m very okay dressing with what feels right and not chasing most trends.
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Kari, you look gorgeous in that blouse!
I think you wear trends more than you know -- you just cherry pick them and only go for the ones that work for you. For example, you used to wear pencil skirts when those were on trend and available in the colours you adore in comfortable fabrications. You might still wear them (even if off-trend) because they suit you -- and that makes sense! But as with jewel tones, you bought when the buying was good.
Off the top of my head:
- I bought a (cheapish) black moto jacket when they were suddenly everywhere at least 5 years ago, wore it a lot and it's starting to show (not in a good way, as it's probably low quality leather). I'm not sure I want to replace with the same style by now.
- I was an early to medium adopter of the birkenstocks 3-4 years ago and mine are showing stains that are hard to remove: since the trend is still going strong and they are sooo comfortable I might replace
I think the difference between fad and trend is key here. When something sticks around for 3 years or longer it's easier to wear out your stuff, especially if you don't duplicate.
Suz, you’re right, I do a lot of cherry picking when the cherries I like are available.
I actually have some great jewel toned pencil skirts and should make an effort to wear them more. (I did somewhat during summer.) The difference was suddenly finding pants I like that were available in high rises, whereas low rise trends earlier meant very little out in the marketplace fit my body, so I defaulted to skirts and dresses more often.
It's long been my ambition to wear out my trends, and the reason behind my one pair of jeans, and one casual sweater per year restriction that I mostly follow. I would plan to wear each multiple times a week in the first year, and a reasonable amount the second. After that they may be relegated to lounge wear.
I am not immune to not wearing out other trends though. Like so many others I succumbed to a bell shirt blouse a couple of years ago because I wanted to wear a trend. No good for winter or summer so only worn in transitional weather, though I tried to wear it intensively then. Hopefully if Angie is right, I can continue wearing.
I am not really a trend follower but I do like trendy jeans if they appeal to me. I won't wear skinnies but I was all over high rise wide-legged jeans as soon as I saw them. I bought the 7s, Jesse Kamms and BRs. Years ago I bought the BF jeans with patches when they were first trending. This is pre-YLF days.I keep my tops pretty classic but I do sometimes throw something trendy into the mix. I bought a ribbed sweater with buttons on the sleeves this fall. Cardigans are having a moment and I have quite a few in my wardrobe. That makes me trendy but then I won't be when the moment passes.If a trendy item wears out I would replace it with something different. I can never find a replacement.
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