Hi there! It’s me, Katie. Long time no blog posts! My goal for the month of November is to get back to making content for you lovely people who read my blog. I’m coming to you from a coffee shop in the midst of Northeastern Ohio. Today, in collaboration with Nicole Coppins from the blog Empire Styles, I am writing about a topic frequently discussed in the world of fashion: TRENDS. Although my take on trends may be a little different than most.
If you don’t already know, I am a fashion merchandising major at Kent State University. Trends are something we talk about on a daily basis in my classes and something we are meant to keep an eye on. I have friends who want to become trend forecasters as their careers, meaning they will decide what colors, fabrics, styles will become trendy for months in advance. The funny thing about it all is I don’t actually follow trends!
A couple summers ago I found a concept called capsule wardrobes after watching a YouTube video from Maria of The Gold Zipper. This concept interested in me, because I was moving away to college and needed to downsize my wardrobe. When I began some spring cleaning of my closet, I realized I didn’t have any basics (i.e. white t-shirt, ballet flats, etc.). I had been following trends or what people at my school were wearing, but none of it felt like me. I never had anything to wear even with a closet FULL of clothing. Therefore, I decided something had to change!
I began to stop looking at what other people were wearing to decide what style fit me best. I bought some basics and completely revamped my wardrobe. Although I never truly adopted a capsule wardrobe, the idea helped me simplify and truly define my style. I decided to stop following trends in that moment! As a fashion blogger and fashion student, I always worry that my style isn’t interesting enough or “trendy”, but my style is an extension of myself, who I am.
I love the classic Parisian style with feminine touches and I feel as if it captures my personality perfectly. Now when I buy clothing I think of what works well with pieces I already have. I basically make a grocery list of items I want to add into my wardrobe, and make sure to do a proper clean out of my wardrobe with the change of the seasons.
Trends are something that can inspire our wardrobe, but they shouldn’t define our wardrobe. From a sustainability perspective, trends are very unsustainable. We have become a culture driven by consumerism. We want the latest thing, but the problem is there is always something new. Always wanting the latest thing has driven our society to become extremely wasteful. I think it’s important to invest in your wardrobe and to buy pieces meant to last season after season.
We need to reevaluate our consumer behavior as a culture, especially for the sake of our environmental impact. If you didn’t know the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry just after the oil industry. This is largely driven by our fast fashion culture or always wanting the latest trends from the runway but for an extremely cheap price. Our prices are so cheap it’s easy to throw away after one wear in order to buy a new garment. I think it’s important to get out of this habit of constantly buying cheap clothing, because there are a lot of negative social, economic, and environmental impacts. I challenge you to simplify your wardrobe and start buying clothing meant to last, that doesn’t mean you can never buy clothing ever again, but it’s good to have a foundation. We have the power to make a difference with our purchases!
I hope you enjoyed this little coffee talk about something I’ve been thinking about for the past few months. Let me know if you would enjoy more discussion posts like this!