Though we try and deny it, there’s no way of hiding from the truth – we all do it. We see some influencer, someone in the street, or even a colleague, rocking a trend and we just suddenly have to have it. It’s almost like the piece is sucking you into this superficial reality where you must be head-to-toe in trends. Here’s another home truth for you – you don’t. In fact, you shouldn’t.
Remember when you were a teen and everyone had to wear the same brand of sneakers or otherwise you weren’t cool? Well, unfortunately, many of us (yes, you included) haven’t grown out of this mindset. Subconsciously, you want that animal print midi skirt that has been plastered all over Instagram because you think it will suddenly make you a fashion icon, yet you try and convince yourself that it will suit you and make a practical day-to-day piece in your wardrobe. Honey, don’t lie to yourself! Yes, you may look fabulous this season, but come SS19, you’ll be old news – just being brutally honest, because someone has to!
Think of iconic fashion idols – Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, what do you notice about their style? When you reflect on it, you realize that their style works even today, it stands the test of time. Will that Instagram skirt or that logo-baring sweater survive the post FW18 world? You may not want to hear this, but they won’t.
Before you start burying your head in the sand and buying even more trends to make you feel better, bear with us, because Rebel HQ is here to save the day (again). We know trends are exciting, the novelty of them is what attracts us to them, and the fact that they can make us feel like a true fashionista gives them even more appeal, but after you wear them that first time, the next experiences are a little lackluster. So how do you find non trend-led pieces that make you feel like a fashionista all year, every year?
Creating a wishlist without impulse purchasing is probably one of the best things I have ever done vis à vis my wardrobe. It gives you time to think about your purchases, and there is a real sense of satisfaction once it is finally in your hands. I know that when I look at my favorite online stores, I tend to save a lot in my favorites bar, and I go back to it a week or two later and delve into what I saved, why I saved it, and if I’m still interested. It’s best to see if it was love at first sight or if you were buying for buying’s sake. It saves money and time, and avoids you having trend-led pieces that you wore once.
I know I have argued about how trend-led pieces are terrible for your wallet and for your wardrobe, but of course you can have a few – the key is balance. If your wardrobe is just FW18 fashion, then next season you will have to buy in a whole new set of clothes, because fashion is a fickle thing, it’s always changing its mind, as will you. Obviously though, if you have fallen for a vinyl skirt or a logo-galore pair of sneakers, treat yourself, but make sure you have essentials in your wardrobe too.
I used to be guilty of buying a piece and then thinking I’d just have to buy something else to go with it – stop and think. Do you already own something that it would compliment? And most importantly, will this be flattering on you? If you are taking these two questions seriously, then chances are you are going to be saving a lot of money!
Investing in basics doesn’t make you basic! In fact, simple styles are often the most stylish – they look sleek, put together and sophisticated. A beige knit or a slim fit basic tee can look just as great with a cord mini skirt as they do with a flared leg jean. Don’t underestimate the power of a basic.
Fashion Weeks been and gone have inspired us thanks to their street style, but don’t take it too literally. Street style is all well and good when you’re in the Front Row in London or having your photo taken by Vogue in New York, but you can’t replicate the more elaborate and daring outfits on a day to day basis. Street style is for inspiration, not imitation. Work out what you loved most about the look and draw inspiration from it to incorporate it into your own wardrobe, using what you have already got and making it authentically you. Remember – influencers and fashionistas usually are dressed by brands - unfortunately, we have to pay our own wardrobes!
Now we have given you a Bible on how to outsmart these trends, we hope to see more originality and sophistication on the streets. We want to know what is the worst trend you have ever invested in? The cringier, the better!