Making a Fashion Statement With These Trendy Clothes
The taste of autumn is creeping into the air. It’s been a confusing year, but that doesn’t mean your clothing needs to look bewildered.
There are a few simple things you can do to take your outfit from “I just witnessed an international pandemic and have no idea what the world is doing and I’m still sort of worried about the murder hornets everyone was talking about” to “yeah, there’s a lot going on, but I’m putting myself back together and I’m making it look good in the process.”
Making a fashion statement doesn’t have to be as complicated as 2020 has been. Actually, it’s pretty simple.
Here are some useful tips on how to achieve this.
Choose One Staple Piece To Focus On
There’s a reason Coco Channel said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Whether you identify with Coco’s personal style or not, this is magic advice. Choose one thing that is eye-catching or interesting and leave the rest simple.
Accessories are also included when you are thinking of using staple pieces to make a statement. Your purse and shoes should not be in competition with each other. If you don’t know immediately which part of your outfit someone’s eye will be drawn to, you’re not utilizing staple pieces.
Staple pieces look wonderful, but this tip also gets extra points because it’s simple and easy. There’s too much going on right now to spend hours on your outfit. Pick one item that’s compelling and then add the basics.
This applies to all styles. So if you, for example, choose a nifty online Baja hoodie store, all you’ve got to do is add your favourite jeans and a pair of boots and you can walk out the door (or, you know, zoom call your work colleagues).
Play With Size
At this point, this one goes almost without saying. Oversized things are in. From mom-jeans and boyfriend-jeans to 80’s style bigger jackets. Having one item that breaks the more traditional “fit to form” rules adds a casual feel to your vibe.
We could all use the refreshment of having at least one thing that feels relaxed right now. Clothing is a great way to find some calm in the storm. Bill Cunningham called it when he said: “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.”
Right now this trend gets bonus points because it’s also incredibly comfortable. Research has shown that clothing has a huge impact on our mental processes. Casual Fridays have been shown to increase creativity. Playing with unusual sizes is both trendy and freeing.
Gender Neutral Pieces
Clothing that is designed to be worn by everyone and anyone has been slowly gaining trend traction for years. And for good reason: unisex clothing looks stunning on everyone. Think of Annie Hall. Classic and intriguing. The trend is only just beginning, meaning, for now, it’s pretty easy to get ahead of this fashion curve.
Keep your eyes open for pieces that don’t fit clearly into a masculine or femanine category. Or mix up gendered pieces. Combine menswear with womenswear and see what happens. Take Marc Jacob’s advice and remind yourself that, “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.”
This trend gets bonus points because it is likely going to last a long time. Most trends have a cyclical element to them, but this cycle covers hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Think of how long gendered clothing has been the norm. Relatively speaking, women have not been wearing pants for that long. Typically, trend cycles are balanced, meaning gender neutral clothing is here to stay.
Just because 2020 has been a real mess, doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to take a hit too. It’s actually pretty simple to make a statement with your clothing choices. Right now, using staple pieces, playing with size, and exploring gender neutral fashion will keep you on trend, but also, leave you feeling ready for the cool autumn days on their way.
Whether you’re figuring out what school looks like come September, or making the move back to working on-site, or hiding out at home with a good book and a cup of tea, you can still be on-point with your fashion choices.
Diana Vreeland called it when she said: “Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.”