How to Keep Up on the Latest Trends
By Katharine Reece
, last updated January 6, 2012
Being able to keep up on the latest trends in fashion requires being both perceptive when it comes to seeing what will catch on, and being willing to take risks on your instincts. Fashion is literally wearing your personality, and keeping up with trends necessitates both knowing what you like and being willing to step outside the norm.
Find Role Models
Check people out on the street, in movies, and your favorite TV shows. But it doesn’t just have to be celebrities! Take notes from people who are finding ways to step outside what’s considered normal or acceptable and are making it work. Are there similarities between the people whose style you love? Figure out what it is about them, whether is be the cute barista who styles her hair in fresh, funky ways, or the guy who finds a way to incorporate flashes of bright colors with ordinary business suits, and push yourself in similar ways.
The blogosphere is burning up with fashionistas spotting trends and writing about them, so you can know instantly about fashion’s latest and greatest. Find a few good blogs that you can check daily or weekly. Some suggestions to start: “Garance Doré” straight from Paris, Bill Cunningham’s “On the Street” photo collections in New York, and sartorial sensation Leandra Medine’s “The Man Repeller.”
Subscribe to popular magazines like Lucky and People’s Stylewatch. They’re easy and relatively cheap ways to stay ahead of mainstream trend watching. For higher-end designer trends, check out haute couture staples such as InStyle, Bazaar, and of course, Vogue.
Set Your Own Trends
Good fashion, just like art, is about knowing the basics well enough that you can mess with them, and that’s where the trends are found. Wear a simple black or white dress and see it as a blank canvas. Become your own artist and find a new way to wear your grandmother’s old scarf, or tie a couple belts around your waist instead of buckling them. Take risks and have fun!