I may not be the most fashionable person; my idea of dressing to go out is wearing my favorite jeans (Citizens of Humanity – once sexy but now torn at both knees due to drunken debauchery I hardly remember), a plain pink t-shirt from Urban Outfitters and a pair of Reeboks whose only redeeming quality anymore is that they make walking (or sprinting) around the city a breeze. But even though I live in the most fashion-savvy city in the country, I like to believe that a sense of style trumps fashion. Buying the hottest items every season might prove one does their homework, not to mention must be made of money, but really, what does it say about a person who follows every trend?
People in the fashion world, it seems, can be split into two categories: creators and followers. I’ve got nothing at all against designers who use and develop trends to create new ones; on the contrary, I give designers mad props. But when I see girls walking around in the same outfit regardless of whether or not it’s appropriate for their body type, wearing hot new shoes they can’t even walk in, carrying a hideous feather- and fake charm-ridden bag just because it says “Dior” on it – I mean, come on now. I know my own style creed isn’t exactly “dress to impress” but neither, I’d think, is getting decked out from head to toe in the latest designer clothes an expression of individuality.
In the opposite sex, what’s hottest to me is a guy who looks as comfortable in his clothes as in his skin, a guy who looks like he has a personality and whose style reflects that every day. Stumbling around in strappy heels with jeans so tight they create stomach rolls a skimpy shirt can’t cover is, I’d think and hope, a statement reeking more of Bandwagon than Rockstar, and I don’t know what about such a statement girls think men find attractive.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying follow my slacker tendencies. It’s perfectly acceptable and necessary to get decked out to go out. But getting decked out shouldn’t mean ripping off every new trend. It’s important to remain oneself even while incorporating new trends into a wardrobe, but one’s own sense of style should never be abandoned for fashion. Purple may be the hottest color this fall, but if you’ve never liked purple, please spare us the pretentious display of consumerism. By all means, wear low-cut jeans if you’ve got the stomach for it, but if you’re a little out of shape, wear something the rest of us can stomach. It’s snowing out? Go ahead and rock the Uggs.
For me, it comes down to this: the only trend I’ll support is D.I.Y. Everyone is encouraged to wear what they like and what suits them. I guarantee it’d make us all sexier and happier. Then, when we’re shopping for fall clothes, we’re less concerned about what others think than how we actually look and feel. Because no accessory is hotter than confidence, and you sure as hell can’t find that on a rack.