Whether you are a minimalist or a full-on fashionista, it is fun and useful to follow fashion trends. Not only will you enjoy how you dress more, but you will also save money doing it. Let’s look at why you should follow fashion trends.
We all know that great fashions repeat themselves. Whether it’s those great kitten heels that look lovely and are oh-so-walkable, the exact cut of women’s jeans that make you look and feel great, or a style of top that you wore “the first time”, it will cycle back if it is chic. Knowing what clothing is on-trend will not only allow you to shop for new things (if you would like), but it will also allow you to pull old favorites from your closet and sport them with new energy.
If you have heard of the “Pantone color of the year”, you’ll know that you can find it everywhere once it’s announced. In 1963, Pantone revolutionized the printing industry with a color matching system allowing for the faithful selection, articulation, and reproduction of consistent, accurate color. Today, they are known as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts.
Why should you care what the “in” colors are? Because if they are colors that you love (and colors that love you) you can stock up on them while they are on-trend to ensure that your wardrobe will continue to be as flattering as possible to you. By stocking up on staples like women’s blouses and pants early in the season and keeping an eye out for clearance sales at the end of the season, you can add to your wardrobe with items that will serve you for years and not break the bank.
By reading up on the Pantone colors that have been highlighted in events like New York fashion week, you will have a preview of your shopping opportunities in the colors that work best for you. Each Pantone color has a specific name and a 3-digit code. Check out what is on trend and compare it to the colors in your closet. If you’re not sure what colors look best on you, think about what colors of women’s sweaters bring out your eyes, seem to brighten your face, and are likely to get compliments. You can also play with seasonal color analysis (first introduced in the 1980s, but just as relevant today!). Do an internet search or get a book on seasonal color analysis to determine what “season” you are. This will give you a short list of colors that will make you look and feel great.
Sometimes it’s good to check how “in fashion” you already are! If you have ever had the experience of your teenage daughter or niece explaining to you that 1990s claw clips or one of your favorite cuts of jeans or skorts are back in style because they saw it on TikTok, you will know that what is “new” to Gen Z is probably already in your closet. Why not move it to the front of the rotation for a while and enjoy it again?
This can sometimes lead to inter-generational conversations that are delightful. Does your Gen Z daughter, son, or grandchild (or their friends) love flair pants not realizing that you wore them first as bell bottoms (and looked fabulous in them, by the way)? Do they understand the value of buying high-quality wardrobe staples as the base for their clothing and then adding fun pieces from season to season to mix it up? If you tell them how much you paid for that great “vintage” piece in your closet, they will be surprised. They may love their fast fashion now, but as they arrive at a point where they will no longer outgrow their clothes and have favorite colors that last, they will also come to appreciate your fashion know-how.
Even if you love your cozy, minimalist “uniform”, you no doubt chose it for a reason. Do you work remotely and live in black athletic bottoms with a V-neck long-sleeved top because you know that you look and feel great in this? Yay, you! Even so, it might be fun to see what else is out there. You could find a special occasion outfit, a new neckline, or an extra comfy fabric that you haven’t tried.
Checking out your favorite fashion magazine, sites, and news will keep you in the know about what upcoming fashion fun you can add to your days and nights. If you have ever bought a cute pair of sandals on a cold winter’s day in advance of spring, you know the lift that fashion can give you.
Whether you think of yourself as “classic”, “trendy” or somewhere in between, following fashion trends can enhance your wardrobe and your life. You deserve it!