Trends: To Follow or Not to Follow

I’ve posted a couple recipe posts in a row, so here’s a fashion post for you all.

When it comes to fashion, “trends” are a divisive issue. There are those who blindly follow any and all trends, wearing whatever fashion magazines and designers deem to be “hot right now.” They often change their clothing and accessories as often as the trends change, which we all know happens quickly. And then there are those who uniformly refuse to follow trends simply because they think its wasteful or that it infringes on their originality.

If you’ve been reading this blog for anything length of time, you know that I love to try out current trends. But I, along with lots of women, fall in the middle of the two extremes listed above. I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes in general (classics that I know will last and be in style forever are the exception. I have a leather jacket that I’ve had, I kid you not, since 8th grade). $40.00 is probably the most I’ve ever spent on jeans, and I especially don’t spend big bucks on trendy items. Also, I keep my clothes forever and I don’t necessarily stop wearing something just because it’s no longer the “it” item of the moment. Furthermore, just as I don’t refuse to wear something just because it’s trendy, I’m not going to wear something I don’t like simply because it’s a trend.

The faux fur trend that’s everywhere this Fall is a great example of this. Colored denim, riding boots, animal prints, lace, I love it all. But the faux fur trend just doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t dislike it, I just haven’t found any faux fur items I had to have. And that’s perfectly okay.

And then one day I was in Target and I fell in love with a winter coat…with faux fur trim. And that’s okay too! I’ve been searching for a long time for a reasonably priced dressy black winter coat. Since I already have a black North Face jacket and dressy winter coats in red, grey, and houndstooth, I wasn’t willing to pay a lot for yet another one in black. Needless to say, I’ve been searching for awhile. Good winter coats aren’t cheap. But then I found this beauty


Coat: Mossimo, Target $59.99

I was a little surprised by how much I loved the fur on this coat considering that I didn’t much care for any of the other fur embellished items I’d seen up until now.  But it looks great on this coat. And most importantly, the fur is completely detachable. I was willing to pay $59.99 for a good quality basic black coat, but if the fur hadn’t been detachable, I would never have paid that much. So now I have one coat that with the fur trim is a dressy coat with a little something extra and without the fur is a basic black  coat that will go with everything from jeans to a dress.

Fashion is so much fun! And it’s entirely possible to play around with trends without spending a ton of money. So the moral of the story is, don’t be too quick to follow every single trend there is or to shun them altogether.

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