Friday, March 19, 2010

Fashion Tip Friday - A strong dislike for some fashion trends

When you are flipping through the latest issues of fashion rags, do you ever find yourself looking at a editorial and thinking, "What the hell?  I will never wear that!"  It never fails, every season there is a trend that I just cannot get behind.  Some of them, reach into the depths of my soul and claw at the inside of my eyelids.  Okay, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic but, I do appreciate the pushing the limits of some artistic expression, I just won't wear it.  So how do you stay fashionable without wearing the biggest trend of the season (because its stupid)?  Easy... just borrow from it.  I want to share two examples of fashion trends that, to be honest, suck but that I would like to appreciate: harem pants and denim on denim.

Harem pants:

Really?  Harem pants?  Didn't we get past this after MC Hammer dropped from the Billboard top 100?  Oh so you changed the silouette, they aren't so billowy?  I. Don't. Care.  They make women that are not a stick look like a frog.  And don't even get me started on the saggy crotch.  It is a cop out.  It's "I didn't feel like drafting my patterns that well so I made a pair of really ill fitting pants and I hope people don't notice that I managed to turn runway models into frumpy frogs... ribbit!" Can you tell how much I hate this trend? 

I will give people credit though.  There are some bloggers and models out there that have pulled off the harem pants look really well.  And yes, these flesh colored harem pants are disgusting.  I won't say what they look like but...  I will borrow from the Flight of the Conchords... Sugar Lumps.

However, you can get the look without looking like a total frog frump...  And that is with pleated pants.  Pleated pants are one of the trends that I am dying to try sewing up once I get the confidence to sew some pants. 

Kristin of Leproust Vintage and Katy of Kansas Couture pair pleated pants with a slimming silhouette that looks more 50's Katherine Hepburn and less Vanilla Ice video. 

Denim on Denim.

It is sad when a trend that you avoided in high school comes back around.  Most people do not have a problem with this trend and I totally understand.  For example, Sam (my boyfriend) wears a medium wash fitted denim jacket with slim legged dark wash denim jeans all the time.  And to be honest, I cannot really give a great reason why it bugs me or what about it that bugs me.  I could blame it on the three years I worked at the Gap and one of my annoying managers always wore a denim jacket with jeans, or just that a monotone denim outfit looks too much like you walked off of a farm.  I think the main thing is that too many people don't do it right and it can look really tacky.  Don't pair your dark denim blazer with the stone washed pair of jeans with the pink rhinestones on the butt.  Even the latest looks from Gap for this season look tacky to me.

But, I am a sucker for a chambray or denim shirt.

Krystal from This Time Tomorrow always pairs her denim shirt with the best stuff.  She makes something that can look so tough and casual, look feminine and pretty.

I am working on making a denim shirt and I am so excited to pair it with skirts, linen pants, and dresses this summer and spring.

The thing is, you can always take the parts of a trend that you do like.  The thing I love about chambray and denim shirts, isn't that you can pair it with denim, but that you can pair it with something really dressy, and its suddenly appropriate for day wear.  However, this look is also still fashion forward enough that you can go grab drinks with friends that night. 

What are some of the fashion trends that you have trouble comprehending?  What is something that you see and think, "Really, this again?" 

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  1. haha, this post is hilarious. I have a few friends that can totally pull off harem pants, but I am not one of them!!! :)

  2. the whole idea of harem pants make me want to gouge out my eyes. And to be honest I'm not a fan of the whole pleated high water pants thing either. But I have seem some people rock it. Just not my style. Harem pants are a prime example of when fashion on the runway can be seen as art... but walk off that catwalk and you just look frumpy and... unattractive. Maybe i'm just way too clean lines and fitted silhouettes... but just... no.

  3. Personally I can't stand jean mini skirts. Unless your 3-5 years old- it just looks silly.

  4. Hey love your blog. I just read your comment on Jesse's blog about a mod 60s dress. I have one too that I have no idea how to style. I was told by my partner that maybe a jacket and wedges might work. My fear that I will look like Santa Clause. Let us readers know if you come up with any ideas!

  5. Sugar lump reference was fantastic!

  6. Denim on denim = Canadian Tuxedo. <3

  7. I love these. I'm the typical can't stand a trend one week and must wear it the next - but I still haven't pulled off the harems!

  8. Anonymous10:35 PM

    Haha. I want to like harem pants because they just *sound* glamourous but I tried some on no.

  9. Thanks for tossing me in there! :)

    You should definitely make and rock some pleated pants!! They are such a good alternative to jeans!

  10. Anonymous10:29 AM

    This is a great post!



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