It seems like I’ve been buying more clothes recently than I have in years. This is partially because my freelance design business is thriving and I have the money to enjoy shopping once again, and partially due to what’s been coined “fast fashion”. There’s great stuff out there. It’s well designed and it’s cheap. New, trendy, clothing is more available than ever before, the trick is to find items that will look good for a long time rather than stuff that will be dated by next year. Sometimes I buy great, classic pieces that I wear for ages, sometimes I cave in and get things I know are just a fad.
There are some trends that walk onto the catwalk and take the fashion world by storm. The best designers are visionaries who tap into the subliminal desires of the public, creating beautiful garments that inspire clothing manufacturers around the globe. Most women cannot afford the couture version, but many will embrace the new looks and add them to their wardrobes when they find a few pieces in their price range. Studded motorcycle jackets came out of Balmain a couple of years ago and the look has hung around. It’s still being reinterpreted and reinvented and perhaps will be for a while. I didn’t know it would become a long-term fashion trend, but it has.
Some trends start on the streets. I have a feeling that short-shorts and “arm candy” began this way and then worked its way up to high fashion. Super-long maxi dresses seemed to appear by some unspoken consensus. Now all the girls are wearing them. It’s a flattering, elegant look that I think will be around for a while.
But then there are the trends that seem to be there for retail purposes only. Like clockwork they arrive in magazines and mid-level retail stores every few years. I find these looks rather forced. Nautical is ‘in” again this summer. I know because it’s in all the magazines, but I’ve seen it too many times to become excited by the stripes and anchor motifs. Stripes I can embrace, they’re classic, but the tribal print trend that suddenly arrived in stores two years ago is the kind of trend I avoid. I know the knit jersey quasi-african print tops and dresses, cheap plastic beaded purses and other inexpensive trendy items will seem really dated by next year. I was rather proud of myself because I successfully avoided the look for months. Then it happened. I found a piece on sale.
My husband discovered it on a rack shoved between a bunch of other 60% off items. I tried it on. We both agreed it was cute, and it was less than $8. How can I say no to that?
So I caved in and bought it.
The top is flattering, the colors are great, its lightweight, and there’s all this beautiful beading on the neckline. It goes with my new faux tortoise cuff and the unusual khaki chandelier earrings that I’ve had for years. Bizarrely, I have a bright green vinyl purse that matches the top perfectly. Flare leg white jeans and chunky sandals finish the look.
This definitely falls into what I would call fast fashion. Like fast food it’s good for the pocketbook but terrible for your body and probably not great for your soul either. I hate to be a culprit. Do I feel kinda guilty? Am I something of a hypocrite for caving into what I consider a lowly retail trend? Yes, but I’ve worn it to two barbeques already. Mea Culpa.
- Top – Inc. from Macy’s
- Earrings – Forever 21
- Cuff – Bellissima (A very similar one by the same designer can be found here.)
- Purse – Santee Alley (Read all about my adventures in the land of counterfeit purses here.)
- Jeans – James Jeans (A similar pair can be found here)
- Sandals – Roberto Del Carlo (Here they are in black)
What do you think of fast fashion? Have you ever succumbed to it’s siren call?