When I was in New York for Fashion Week one of the things that impressed me the most was the block-wrapping line of people waiting for their chance to get into the Target Missoni pop-up store. Everyone wanted a chance to grab their piece of the zig-zagged clothing. And then the craziness in each suburban store started. Stores selling out in a day, eBay auctions beginning the moment the pictures could be uploaded. The whole thing got me thinking about fashion fads and consumers jumping on the bandwagon to be part of the ‘in-crowd.’
With this in mind, it seemed the perfect topic for this week’s Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday topic.
1. Do you ever see a fad hit the stores and immediately dislike it? Has that fad ever began to grow on you? Yes! There are many fashion trends and fads that hit the stores that I look at and think ‘what in the world is that?’ A couple such fads that have me scratching my head are: UGG boots, onesies, sheer tops, socks with open-toe shoes, etc… And yup, after awhile the trends do start to grow on me.
2. Has the popularity of a certain piece of clothing or line ever convinced you to try on something (or purchase something) you dislike? Sure. Of course! In the beginning, I swear I will never ever try the item on and then time goes by and I find myself intrigued and then suddenly trying it on for myself. Now that I spend so much time blogging, I find the attire of other bloggers has me reconsidering trends I wrote off. There are times I’ve been swayed to buy an item I know is not my style or to my taste. There is a light green skirt that I bought when it was in trend years ago. It just sat in my closet, never being worn.
3. Have you ever changed your mind about a trend after seeing it around for a while? The only one that comes to mind is onesies. I swore to never, ever wear one of those. I still refuse to even try the short version on, but I found the long-pant version and fell in love with it. My opinion of the horrible looking onesies was immediately changed.
4. Do you feel a certain pressure to have specific items in your closet because ‘everyone’ else does? Sure, of course. I think the ‘everyone else’ factor impacts all of us. It’s like high school – you want to be part of the ‘in-crowd’ and you do what you can make it. The same keeps happening in adulthood in various ways; and for a blogger that is in more the case. Watching the same types of items appear over and over again on a blog makes me feel like it needs to be on my blog too. Some of those things I give in to. Some of them I’m fighting against creating needs out of wants.
5. Be honest, what do you think of the Missoni line? Did you grab any items? Is it worth the eBay prices? UGH! I could honestly see myself wearing one or two things from the collection. And after the popularity of the items grew day by day, I found myself drawn to them less and less. I’m past the point of wanting to look just like everyone else. And if millions of people are walking around with the same zig-zag lines where’s the originality in that?
What about you? Have you ever purchased something you weren’t loving just because it was the popular thing?