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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What it Means to be Trendy

Trends are an interesting concept. Each season, hell each month some editor or major fashion blog is telling us what's in and what's out, and I'm guilty of doing so. This has always boggled my mind. Who is the one person or council that dictates what we should or shouldn't wear? Sure, someone's tenure in the industry may give them some authority to direct the masses' style choices, but how do they come up with these so-called trends? Sometimes I feel like we are sheep being shepherded into the patch of chic dressing, and straying away from the pack could lead to consequences of ridicule or someone's Fashion Don't list.


Harper's Bazaar is one of those magazines that never fails to tell its readers what is and isn't in for the month. Last year, around this time, they told me that knuckle rings were out. I was disheartened by this fact, as I just got into the jewelry trend. It wasn't fair! As soon as I started to really admire wearing rings in the middle of my fingers, Glenda Bailey went and ripped them right from under my feet. I hadn't started to collect midi rings yet, but took caution to the wind and dismissed their prophecy.

Well, wouldn't you know that a year later, midi rings are still an absolute Fashion Do. Once only sold in select hole in the walls, they are more widely distributed and magazines flaunt them in their editorial spreads. I think it's safe to say that midi rings will be here to stay for a little while longer than Harper's Bazaar originally predicted.

From Instagram @marieclaire
From Instagram @theglamourai
Rings (left to right): my Nana's collection, Catbird, She's Unique
From Instagram @jessyorman
Another example of a premature fashion prediction is most recently Fashionista.com stated that nail art was donezo for 2014. They accompanied their statement with facts of nail polish sales going down and the presumably lack of nail art seen on celebrities or fashion bloggers, but with a dubious eye I moved on. Needless to say, nail art is still running rampant and social media managers of OPI and Butter London continue to post fun nail pictures on Instagram.

From Instagram @butterlondon
From Instagram @mindykaling
From Instagram @chungalexa
Ciate caviar manicure
Nowadays, the mere mention of the word trend automatically makes people want to do the opposite. Like it's cooler to not follow our fashion sage's advice, even though that's what they're paid for. So, I guess my question is, why bother telling us what's trendy? What does it even mean to be trendy? According to Dictionary.com, the definition of "trend" is:
1. the general course or prevailing tendency; drift: trends in the teaching of foreign languages; the trend of events.
2. style or vogue: the new trend in women's apparel.
3. the general direction followed by a road, river, coastline, or the like. 
In the context of this article, definition #1 doesn't apply, but in my opinion, I think to be trendy is to stray from the pack. Whenever I'm told that I look "trendy", it's not because I'm wearing a peplum top with cropped jeans and a chunky platform heel, it's because I took a shot in the dark and did some creative layering or something unique with a scarf.

I'm not saying that I don't take into consideration what the folks at Glamour or Kelly Framel, editor of The Glamourai, say about the seasons most coveted styles, but what I am saying is that us readers shouldn't take it so seriously. Take those "trends" and do something unique to you with it, and if you think that midi rings are the bomb.com, by all means wear them until your fingers fall off!

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