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