Even though it's become trendy to proclaim that you "don't follow trends," the reality of this ironic concept is that most of us can't help it.
Trends are like the seasoning of a meal. We find them sprinkled through the stores we buy from, the fashion advice we adhere to, and the media we consume.
Some of them rub off on us and we think to ourselves, "Hey! I really like that!" while others never can quite get our attention, no matter how widespread they become.
(I never did give into the move towards skinny jeans. My boot cuts and flare legs work just fine for me thankyouverymuch.)
Sometimes we take on a trend with full-force embrace.
Remember the black and platinum hair style that was all the rage in 2004? Yeah, I'm glad I didn't jump on that one. Because except for the few people who really could rock the skater-punk-princess look, most of the people who headed for the salons now look at their old MySpace pictures from that time and grimace with regret.
So how can you judge? What if you like a trend but don't want to end up regretting it later?
While you can never be 100% safe from regret and still make trendy purchases, there are a few ways you can avoid wasting your money on pieces that you won't wear after the year they're "in."
First of all: is the trend EVERYWHERE? The way trend work is that they are first taken on by a special, small crowd of early adopters. They test out new idea or look, and if they like it, word spreads and the trend starts to catch on to the greater masses. Essentially, when it gets to the point where everybody and their dog is rocking some kind of mustache accessory, then you can bet mustaches are on their way out. If keeping "with the times" is important to you, then its best to steer clear of anything widespread.
(Besides, you're a unique and special snowflake my darling, why would you even WANT to be wearing what everyone else is wearing?)
Second of all: does the trend flatter YOU?
As much as I love pin-up looks, when it came out in full-force in 2012 I hesitated to buy certain pieces that wouldn't pair as well with my B-cup figure as they would the bombshell models rocking the items. Essentially, anything that required some cleavage to pull off was out for me. If you can't make a trend work with what you've got, don't sweat it.
Finally: does this trend express and enhance your personal style?
When everyone else is wearing something you're not into, don't feel like you are in the wrong. Always, no matter what, stay true to you. If you aren't sure what you're personal style is, simply pay close attention to your gut reactions when you first come into contact with a new style or trend. Does this look turn you on or off? Does that piece feel like "you" or like someone else? Can you envision yourself wearing this trend, instagraming the crap out of it, and viewing pictures of yourself rockin' it years down the road?
While it doesn't hurt to be a tad commitment shy, I do encourage you to free yourself from the binds of CLASSIC ONLY and try out some new trends. Who knows, you may decide you love the mustache accessories more than you thought, and you don't give a damn if they aren't new enough to be considered "hip."