Sorry for the alliteration there in the title. I try to avoid those unless they are super clever as they usually come off sounding incredibly cheesy. Nevertheless, this one was a bit unavoidable considering how fitting it is. You see, fashion is audaciously fickle, encouraging us to embrace one trend to the next, without making any connection between the two. They often are actually polar opposites. And thus, we are instructed to throw away what we own and go out and buy more, only then to be hit with the same trend of the clothing we JUST threw away about one season (or sooner) less. It’s one of the reasons why I believe it’s better to invest in basics that work well for your body type, then accessorize in a more bold fashion. It doesn’t mean boring – it just means you spend a lot less annually on your wardrobe than the folks who are trend drones.
This month in the newest ridiculous trend being pushed on us: flared leg pants.
Remember when, just a few seasons ago, those were so OMG passe? What Not to Wear was instructing people to burn them, hipsters wouldn’t be caught dead in them, and every celebrity lamented how such jeans made their hips look big? Well now they’re back, as if the public’s hatred of them had never been uttered. It’s all a bit too 1984 with me; you know: a war with Oceania today and a peace treaty the next? Our fashion trends should not be as complicated (and, ironically, simultaneously fickle) as our politics, but it is all a part of the need to consume as consumer culture fuels a nation’s economy.
When I saw this message in my email box from Piperlime, I immediately started laughing:
O rly, Piperlime? I can’t LIVE without these jeans, that a mere 6 months ago I was instructed to relentlessly destroy and never look back? Plz.
I rather like these jeans, and felt betrayed and hurt when the industry dissed them, but luckily, skinny and wide leg trousers work for my body type. But I say don’t be fooled. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and that looks good on your body. Ignore these fools. Afterall, they are far too fickle.
– Retail DJ