Personal preferences have overthrown trends
Wear the jawnz you want to see in the world
Words— Mylène Genty
What weight do trends carry nowadays, when the prairie aesthetic is trending alongside Balenciaga Triple S sneakers? When beige gets a dedicated hashtag (#mybeigelife), whilst neon dominates the streetwear vocabulary? Do you feel like the best version of yourself is exemplified through slim fitting clothes or body-obscuring garments? We sometimes identify and gravitate towards some aesthetics to such an extent that we don’t always consider the other end of the spectrum. By venturing outside your social circle (and you don’t need to go far) you might find your definition of what’s trending to be completely discredited.
In the strictest sense, a trend is a ‘prevailing tendency or inclination’. We can also look to the typical production adoption curve which sets five different trend stages — through the wearer. Up the curve are the Innovators - the Kanye or Phoebe Philo of this world, depending on your point of view. Then comes the Early Adopters or the ‘Visionaries’ — you might know one, but likely just one. Next is the Early Majority, the Late Majority and the Laggards. The further up the curve, the fewer people there are—the further down, the more people there are.
While this scheme is interesting, it’s becoming harder and harder to box people in and set finite trends. Everybody’s taking over media channels, and with this shift comes a proliferation of point of views, and the same goes for fashion. Trends are no longer are a definite set of laws determined by fashion editors. Every subculture can now have a platform to reach out to a vast amount of like-minded people. It may sometimes seem like we all dress the same, but if you look the right way, you’ll see that fashion has never been so diverse.
Nowadays, it could be said that there are as many trends as there are identities, (granted, certain silhouettes and key pieces tend to break from the crowd), but do these even still qualify as trends or has personal preference essentially overthrown the trend? If you're still trying to wrap your head around this, we've pinpointed three of them.
XXS or XXL? People still wear mediums, sure, but the most interesting experiments are made through exaggerated sizing. While there’s a lot of people out there who seem to enjoy tight and stretchy fabrics, there seem to be just as many people who prefer experimenting with cuts that go beyond the boyfriend fit. The beauty of it all is that you don’t even have to pick a team: you can do both at the same time. Pairing slim fitted top with a pair of wide pair of pants, or just taking a size up from your usual will do more than balance the proportion of your outfit, it will also highlight your silhouette in a clever fashion.
Soft or flashy
The beige movement has gained a lot of traction in the past months — the well-curated Instagram feeds of tastemakers makes it hard not to succumb to the trend. The secret of this colour resides in the way it feels warm, cozy and effortless. It’s more than a colour: it’s a theme of its own. You’ll often see it in a set of breathable fabrics like cotton, burlap and linen, which evoke a nice summer in the countryside. For those in need brighter tones, neon has got you covered. Because ultra bright colours evoke a sense of action, it’s only natural that they became associated with athletic wear. There’s no favouritism here though: you can pick your own favourite colour.
When classy meets casual
This one styling trick naturally offers a great middle ground, because it can please anyone, regardless of the aesthetic preferences. Pairing traditional pieces with laid-back items is an easy way to get your outfit to stand out from the crowd. We’re getting accustomed to seeing sneakers paired with business suits — what if we tried wearing heels with mom jeans, or a blazer with biker shorts?
The greatest takeaway from the democratization of trends is that it gets easier to showcase a truer and more unique style. After all, Coco Chanel said it best: "Fashion changes, but style endures."