Fashion is a fickle friend. One moment you’re in, and the next you’re out—so goes the sage wisdom of Heidi Klum on “Project Runway.” But for those of us who aren’t fashion designers or runway models, how can we keep up with the ever-changing world of style without pulling our hair out? If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the fashion cycle, then read on, darlings. Here’s your guide to staying ahead of the game without losing your sense of self (or sanity).
The first stop on your trend train should be Instagram, where your favourite fashionistas and influencers are just a click away. Follow trendsetters who resonate with your style, and don’t forget to browse hashtags like #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) or #FashionTrends for a quick overview of what’s hot. TikTok is also a goldmine for style tips; the platform’s algorithm does an amazing job of showing you what’s relevant.
Pro Tip: Use a dedicated Instagram collection to save looks or pieces that you love. This can serve as your personal mood board!
Online stores and websites are excellent indicators of what’s in and what’s passé. Websites like Ozinna.com and ZephansandCo.com constantly update their “New Arrivals” section, offering an instant look at current trends. Meanwhile, high-end fashion houses showcase upcoming trends a season in advance, giving you a chance to prepare for what’s coming next.
Shop Smart: While it’s tempting to overhaul your closet, you don’t have to break the bank. Invest in key, timeless pieces and blend them with more affordable, trendy items.
Get the Mag
Don’t underestimate the power of a good ol’ fashion magazine. THISDAY Style is not just your Sunday reading material; we curate capsules of what’s high and mighty in the fashion stratosphere. You can scroll through the website or pick up a physical copy to flip through for inspiration.
When in Doubt, Pinterest It Out
Pinterest is the digital equivalent of a personal stylist. Create boards for different seasons, events, or even parts of your wardrobe (like shoes, bags, etc.). The more you pin, the better Pinterest gets at recommending new pins that align with your taste. It’s like having a fashion-forward fairy godmother!
Watching live streams of fashion shows during the fashion week season is like taking a peek into the fashion crystal ball. While some of the couture may be too extravagant for daily wear, they often set the tone for high-street fashion for months to come.
Get the 411 from Friends
Sometimes, the best style tips come from your inner circle. Friends can provide a fresh perspective on your look, especially if they have their finger on the pulse of what’s hot. Next time you’re hanging out, make it a fashion date: swap clothes, have a mini runway show, or go on a shopping spree together.
Your Style, Your Rules
Remember, trends are merely suggestions, not mandates. Incorporate what you love and leave behind what doesn’t resonate with you. Your style is a unique blend of what’s in vogue and what makes you, well, you!