Fashion trends come and go.
Yet, Fashion No-no's, mis-wears, and "OMG WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!" last forever. So, here I have compiled the 6 top trends of 2011 and explained what they're all about and where they came from. Anything can look good on a mannequin who belongs to no generation, country, or gender. Yet, for us, the children of Generation Y--I propose we read the fine print of fashion forward-ness before overstepping our rebellious ways.
We need to remember where we & our trending styles came from, in order to predict and inspire where they will travel to next...
Unless you are a character in a 19th Century Victorian-Era novel...you should not be wearing bloomers for what they were originally used for. Big underwear will never be back in, but rather the term is now used to describe larger fitting shorts that have a bit of flair with either being puffed at the thighs or how they are cut at the waist. Underpants are a must with whatever you wear. Take a hint of Lohan ladies.
2. The Boyfriend Watch
Please. Please. PLEASE--Do not go steal your boyfriend's watch. Not only will you shortly after be a thief but you will also be single. The boyfriend watch was nicknamed as such due to the wide set, thicker bands that these WOMEN watches entail. These watches are still styled for women but the thicker band was stolen from its fellow time-telling brother.
3. The Romper Suit
Initially brought into style society for children as the loose fitting one-sie, it was merchandised for young boys who loved to be on the go. Back in the day, of 19th Century France, the garmet was only allowed for men and sometimes infants. Yet, ever since 2006, designers have supported a revival worthwhile of investing in. The romper was the key "go-buy-now" item of Marc Jacobs' 2009 Spring Collection and is now a staple item for spring and summer wear. Thank the children folks.
The poncho was created by the ancient natives of the Andes and is now being sported by the ladies of the United States. I'm not sure how they would feel about Jessica Simpson being their biggest fan but I guess they're glad they have someone to carry on the tradition. Word to wise friends- let the girl who didn't know chicken of the sea was tuna wear the garment that belongs to native South American culture and turn it into flannel. For the rest of us? Let's have a little respect and wear the poncho in its original inspired colors/fabrics or please--do not wear one at all. No one wants to see your green polka dotted Snuggie that has one hole for your head.
I will admit--I own a fedora. But, I do not wear it around campus as if to cry out to my college crew:
LOOK! I am your fellow hipster. Let us talk about music that we found out about before anyone else and then stop liking it the moment it becomes mainstream?!
No. No I do not. And neither did the men of the 1920's who brought the fedora to the forefront of American hats. The fedora was born as a hat for the all-American middle class guy just trying to reach that quintessential All American Dream. And then there's the present. Now the fedora represents the quintesential the All Un-American Attitude that has become the hipster trademark of Generation Y.
Tread carefully my fedora wearing friends-this hat is capable of pulling a one-eighty on ya!
6. Pajama Fashion
College friends rejoice. High school kids begin to cheer--Pajamas have finally made it into the fashion world as being garments acceptable to wear in the daylight. I always knew our pajama wearing ways would win out the Fashion Lords & Ladies. And now we have reached our highest success. Spring 2011 is all about pajama style-inspired pieces from pajama bottoms to lingerie cocktail dresses. This is going to revolutionize the American classroom attire nationwide. Just to rebel I expect to see everyone in their best slacks and a polo to match. The new grunge is Ralph Lauren friends.
Time will only tell what Spring 2011 will bring but I'm sure it will be filled with many moments of "OMG" and many head shakes of "Why would she think that's OK to wear?" But hopefully I've cut down on a few. Remember--even when you've committed a fashion no-no just rock it out like a champ. The worst thing you can wear is insecurity.
Confidence will always be in style--not to mention--incredibly fashion forward.