Monday, July 28, 2014

Recycle, Reuse, and Renew

Everyone has heard of the three Rs. Recycle. Reuse. Renew. It's been ingrained in our heads since global warming became a serious issue.

No, I'm not going to go on a green rant about how we all need to recycle. I'm referring to a different kind of recycling. I'm talking about the recycling that designers do all the time.

Let's call it: Trend Recycling.

You flip through your latest September issue and what do you see? Plaid, grey, oversized sweaters, and fur.

You flip through your march issue and what do you find? Florals, pastels, maxi dresses, and denim cutoffs.

So, why read them? Why look again and again at the latest fashion trends when they're all a repeat of last year? As someone with a magazine addiction, I can't stop myself. My goal? Find something you haven't seen before. Occasionally, it happens. Karl likes to spice things up by integrating interesting pieces in his collections or adding his own twist to classic cuts. Marc Jacobs does the same. But when it comes to some designers, safe is how its done.

How do we escape the monotony? What makes fashion interesting?

Perhaps we all need to try something new. Take the inspiration without copying an exact look off a mannequin. Put on sneakers with a dress like Chanel. Take a piece of every era and find a way to integrate it into your outfit. Fashion is about surprising the onlooker.

The 1920s were known for Charleston dresses and hairnets. The 1930s were known for full length skirts. The 1950s with known for flared dresses and stilettos. The 1970s were known for palazzo pants and large eyewear. The 90s were grunge (obvi). Today, people think that everything is simply recycling an old trend. While that may be true, that doesn't exclude innovation. Maybe the new millennium is about experimentation. Maybe it's about creativity. Maybe it's time for us to wear skirts over pants and call it style. And maybe one day, it'll be the norm.

Fashion is unpredictable, but that's what makes it interesting. The best part about this generation is that there are no limits. Recycle. Reuse. RENEW. And embrace your inner weirdo.

Have a lovely Monday,


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