SHADES OF BLUE: Fall 2016’s Must Have
As you all know, I am a very big advocate for staying on trend and not trendy. Now if you’re not a huge fashion junky you probably aren’t familiar with the differences in “on trend” versus “trendy”.
As you all know, I am a very big advocate for staying on trend and not trendy. Now if you’re not a huge fashion junky you probably aren’t familiar with the differences in “on trend” versus “trendy”. But before I go into detail as to what the differences are, I want to make a point that the trick is to figure out which side you want to be on. I try to choose on trend because I find that when I choose trendy, I often make mistakes – like spending way too much money at fast fashion places like Forever 21 on clothes that will only last 2 washes before they look God awful!
So what exactly is the difference? Being on trend is sticking to the classics, like khakis, but adding pops of color that are on trend. For example, since it’s summer bright colors are very much in. So I might pair a bright colored blazer with staple pieces like a nice blouse top and some form-fitting NEUTRAL colored pants. Fashion that is trendy, on the other hand, is buying something of-the-moment simply because it is of-the-moment, without really thinking about whether it works for you and your body type – FOREVER 21. This is when mistakes happen. Now this isn’t to say Forever 21 doesn’t have staple pieces you can add to your wardrobe. However stores like Forever 21 and H&M are fast fashion stores. They cater to consumers that are all about the now, not to mention cheap prices and tons of options.
So what the hell is fast fashion?! Fast fashion is a contemporary term used to describe fashion brands or companies that focus on getting the most recent fashion trend on their racks. Now that may sound like an awesome marketing strategy and as a consumer you may think those stores are the best stores to shop.. but let me explain. Overalls are very much “in” right now therefore fast fashion stores will have tons of them in different shades, styles, etc. But here’s where the problem comes into play – Kate Hudson wore a pair of overalls last season and now she’s on to something else. And now you’re stuck with 4 pairs of overalls in your closet that you have no idea how to pair with other accessories that are on trend not to mention everyone is over them.
Now how in the hell does Shades of Blue correlate with trendy and on trend? It all ties back to being ON TREND. According to Pantone, world renown company that determines color trends way before we even think about next season, says that blues are going to be a MUST HAVE this Fall 2016! The say that blues are a color scheme that a lot of designers are inheriting into their collections because it’s for both men and women – another sign of the gender blurring phenomenon and growing popularity of unisex dressing. So when you’re shopping for back-to-school attire or switching your wardrobe around for this fall, think in a bigger picture. What’s worse – in last seasons color or stuck with a bunch of silhouettes that everyone and their mom is already over? You decide. Until next time…
ANALYSIS OF FALL 2016 COLORS ACCORDING TO PANTONE: Riverside, Airy Blue, Sharkskin, Dusty Cedar, Potter’s Clay, more found here
Photographer/Stylist – Paige Amdahl
Shirt: Forever 21
Pants: Banana Republic
Shirt Dress: Michael Kors
Shoes: Michael Kors