You don’t have to be trendy to be stylish. And there is certainly no need to slavishly follow a current fashion trend look -- in fact it’s preferable not to! However, to keep your look contemporary it is important to incorporate at least 1 or 2 current fashion trends into your outfits. And, it can be fun to update your look, especially when you’re armed with a few guidelines to make the styles you like work for you.
The most cost effective way to update an outfit is by adding one or more current fashion accessory. For example, adding a new pair of shoes or boots in a current style perhaps combined with a contemporary necklace or scarf and earrings can totally transform an outfit you already have and give it a new lease of life.
It used to be that a fashion trend would last a decade. Look at the 50s and 60s. Now it seems the latest fashion trends barely last a season.
However, I find on closer inspection it’s not as bad as it seems. Often the main fashion trends stay the same for a few seasons in a row with minor trends coming and going more quickly. And with the more frequent changes older styles come back into fashion again more quickly!
The good news is that today’s fashion trends combine into many ‘looks’. And there are a number of styles for each style trend, for example when the latest pant style is skinny leg, wide, straight legs have also been in vogue. So it’s usually possible to find at least one look that suits your body shape and your style personality.
It can be confusing (and expensive) hitting the shops at the start of a new season without a plan. Even though I know better I still make this mistake occasionally. Then I’ll likely end up with items that are too similar to what I already have. Shopping is more productive, more fun and costs less when you have a plan that you (largely) follow. At the start of a new season it’s a good idea to...
If you really like a particular fashion trend but it really isn’t the most flattering look for you it helps if you can understand what it is about the style that isn’t working. After all, when we buy clothing off-the-rack we probably will have to make some compromise. What's not working, is it...
Understanding what it is that isn’t working may allow you to minimize that element...
Using these general guidelines checkout the current fashion trends below.
Although I now live in Sydney, Australia, I visit the UK once a year to visit family and friends and often manage to include a European country in that trip. Of course while I’m over there I take the opportunity to trend watch. I also lived in the US for several years and have many favorite American clothes shops that I still look at online. So, my trend watch sources for the northern hemisphere include magazines (both online and offline), online shops, fashion newsletters, online fashion forums and, once a year, visits to UK and sometimes European shops.
It used to be that if you lived in the southern hemisphere fashion trends followed those of the northern hemisphere’s previous season. For example, last season’s northern hemisphere winter trends became the fashions for this southern hemisphere’s winter season. However, southern fashion trends today aren’t that straight forward. The internet and the increasing ease with which we can buy clothes online has changed things.
The internet has made northern hemisphere fashion information and clothes available to everyone in the world at the same time. Shops in Australia selling high end European and American designer labels, for example, have to have the current northern hemisphere styles available as they’re released or be in danger of losing sales to the internet.
However there is also a growing number of great southern hemisphere designers such as Alana Hill, Carla Zampatti, George Gross and Lisa Ho who take the current runway trends and interpret them to be relevant for the southern hemisphere season and the local lifestyle.
I live in Sydney, Australia, so my southern hemisphere new fashion trend information comes from my observations of what’s in the shops, what friends are wearing and people watching here in Sydney. These observations are supplemented with my favorite fashion trend resources including magazines and websites.
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