Let’s talk about trends.
(It’s no secret that off-the-shoulder shirts are 110% on trend right now.)
I read an article on Man Repeller (a personal favorite source of up-to-date fashion information and inspiration) the other day, and as I clicked out of my browser, I was left with a sour taste in my mouth. The gist of the article (I will spare you having to read it) is that off-the-shoulder shirts are gone, even faster than they arrived. Not only that, but there were undertones implicating that if you were seen in one, it would be damaging to one’s image should they consider themselves to be part of the fashion world.
Things that are trendy are trendy for a reason. I’ll bet that the author had plenty of off-the-shoulder shirts stashed away in her closet being a writer for Man Repeller, and she even expresses her remorse for losing the spark.
So why should I be embarrassed to wear a piece that too many people can relate to?
I happen to know the answer – because people are obsessed with the idea of being original. As soon as the famous girls of Instagram have caught on to a trend, the trend is dead to anybody remotely involved in the fashion industry. I too have caught myself gagging at pictures of girls at Coachella wearing trends I once cherished (cue Sunhats and crochet crop tops).
But in the last couple of months I have reached a conclusion that comforts me in this era of “fast fashion.” Be yourself. Being original isn’t about wearing something nobody’s worn before. It’s about wearing something like nobody has before.
Aspiring towards being one-of-a-kind means you’re just going to have to try a little harder. Take those trends you love and make them your own. Nobody can emulate the exact way you tuck your shirt or tie your laces.
Maybe what I tasted was bitterness after heavily investing in this trend only to realize it was already over. But I like my off-the-shoulder shirts, my 70’s suede boots, and my cropped flare jeans. So I will wear them, and continue to wear them, regardless of the implications on the sartorial image I project.
As long as I feel like myself.