Fashion trends are difficult to avoid. Even when you have a clearly defined personal style with a mostly-thrifted capsule wardrobe; you will always be affected by current trends, even if you don't realise it's happening.
The way we dress is influenced by the people we follow online, the social circle we relate to; current TV shows, global and niche trends, and the runway shows that inspires the clothing that is available to us. We're conditioned to dress in a particular way to fit in with the people we relate to, the lifestyle we aspire to have, and the style we want to reflect.
So if fashion trends are unavoidable, how can we follow them in a sustainable way? Keep reading to learn why it's not always about the clothes you buy but the way you style them.
Update With Jewellery
With jewellery it's much easier to keep up with trends in a sustainable way. Layering necklaces, stacking rings, and matching earrings can completely change how your outfit looks and feels. Jewellery helps make an old outfit look on-trend, all with a little styling. Runway shows highlight either gold or silver metals, statement or minimal jewellery styles, simple chains, pendants or charm necklaces. Choose your accessories carefully and you'll always be on-trend.
The 20-year rule predicts how you dress. That's the time it takes for a trend to die, and then become fashionable again. So any current trend has either happened before or has been inspired by one. The best way to get your hands on the current trends is by thrifting vintage clothes. You'll not only be ahead of the curve, you'll also have clothing no one else will have. This guide to thrifting is packed full of second-hand shopping tips.
If you're keen to be on-trend and wear in seasonal trends, it's all about how you style your clothes. Runway shows are usually focused on a concept rather than specific items. So before you rush off to buy something new, shop your wardrobe first. You may already own something that can be restyled to fit the trend or outfits you're inspired by.
Swap, Borrow, or Rent Clothing
Some trends are short lived. If you want to have fun with your style without wasting money on fads, a sustainable solution is to borrow or rent clothes. It's likely older members of your family will remember when a trend was popular the first time round, and have vintage items for your to borrow. Alternatively, try online or in-person clothing 'swap shops.' It's one of the best ways to avoid unnecessary purchases and save clothing from landfill.
Buy Responsibly-Made Clothes
If a trend really speaks to you, and it's something you'll wear even after its moment has passed; it might be time to make a responsible purchase from a sustainable brand. This sustainable fashion brand directory will help. Before adding to cart, consider if what you're about to purchase fits with your existing wardrobe, and if it will look out of place once the trend is over.