FBFF: Trends

In case you’re not aware (and you probably aren’t–just thought I was a slacker), Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday has moved to a new monthly format, with publishing being done the 4th Friday of every month.  Largely, it makes to more manageable for bloggers and makes it easier for all of us to participate on a regular basis.  More info on all of that here.  Anyway, January’s FBFF topic is trends and, as usual, we’ve been given some questions to fuel our thoughts.  Here are mine.

With Fashion week just around the corner, we are all beginning to focus on the upcoming trends for fall. But what about the trends hitting stores now? What are you coveting?
Right now I’m kinda digging neon yellow stuff.  I found out randomly that it’s a color that actually looks pretty good on me, and styled right, it’s actually rather age appropriate.  I’m also in absolute love with the chunkier heels and big platforms on shoes.  It’s been around for awhile, but I love that it’s something that’s becoming more and more accessible to those not willing (or able) to spend big bucks.  And animal prints (and really, prints in general).  I am starting to really adore leopard print, and getting used to wearing it more and more, and have expanded my wardrobe to include more prints, which is a newer thing for me.  Oh, and I love that flared pants are coming back in, because I’ve never been fully ready to get rid of them!

Mostly though, I can’t get enough of the “trend” that’s all about wearing what you want how you want it.  But I’m planning on writing about that later next week, so stay tuned!

How do you incorporate new trends into your wardrobe?
Usually I start by incorporating new trends gradually.  And depending on the trend, I may wait to see just how trendy it is.  I don’t like to rush out and buy something if it’s literally only going to be in for a few weeks.  Typically, I start by buying one piece, to see if it is something I like or that works with my wardrobe.  If I can work it, I might pick up a couple more pieces, depending on the trend.  I find that largely, I don’t wear head-to-toe trendy pieces, and often just incorporate individual trend units into my everyday wardrobe.  I find it’s easier to wear a trend that way than to try to go all out trendified.

What trend are you seeing and not loving?
I’m not a huge fan of the flowy, wide leg pant thing that’s goin’ on right now.  Because I’m shorter and have wider hips, wide leg pants tend to make me stumpy.  Not a fan of that!  Other than that, I don’t think there’s really anything I’m totally hating right now.  Most of the trends are easy to mix into an already existing wardrobe once you find the trendy piece that’s right for you.

Do you feel the pressure to constantly update your closet with the latest trends?
To some degree, yes.  Granted, most of my family and friends wouldn’t care (or notice), and I’m pretty sure that the vast majority of the folks at work wouldn’t notice (let alone care), but yea, I do feel slightly pressured to stay up with trends.

Where do you find inspiration that takes the trend and makes it accessible to you and your personal taste?
Before the Internet, this was harder.  Sure, magazines and catalogs, but that was harder.  Now, with things like Pinterest, Chictopia, Polyvore, and just being able to Google something it’s much easier to find inspiration for things.  And that’s pretty much always what I do now, just look online.

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4 comments for “FBFF: Trends

  1. January 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    i am so with you on the wide and loose pants. they look so great on models (what doesn’t), but not so much on me! happy friday!

    • Rachel Jay
      January 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Yea I’m pretty sure that’s one of those things that ONLY looks good on 5’10” or taller women with hips no wider than 36″ and long, long, long legs. Happy Friday to you too! YAY weekend!

  2. January 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Yes Pinterest is great for finding inspiration!

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