Do You Care About Fashion Trends?

Here’s an interesting question for people who sew. Especially people who sew most or all of their own clothing, as opposed to people who shop for their clothing. Do you care about fashion trends? Do you listen when the media says certain styles are in and out? Do you plan your sewing projects and fabric choices around current trends or could you not care less?

I had a conversation in the lunch room the other day at the office with a woman here, and she was asking me what the new fashion trends were and how did I stay current. I got the impression that she felt trends were a thing to stay on top of, to make sure she wasn’t wearing things that were no longer in fashion. Which if you pick up any fashion magazine at the grocery store, it seems like the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ are constantly changing! Fringe is out. Fringe is in! Polka dots are out. Stripes are in! Leopard print is out.. but zebra stripes are in! (I am just making these up. Don’t take any of these as real fashion tips!) So I get that it can feel like a challenge to stay current and not look out of date, especially if you aren’t totally set in your personal style.

As people who sew, we have unlimited options when it comes to colour, patterns, silhouettes, even choosing modern versus vintage styles! So do you care about fashion trends, or do you go your own way?

Here’s what I think:

I refuse to be told what to wear! Probably, you can tell from my blog that I’m determined on a good day and stubborn on a bad one. I have strong opinions, especially when it comes to clothing, and refuse to listen to anyone telling me that something I love is ‘out!’ Floral prints forever!

looks great with yellow!

(the brighter, the better! original project here.)

We live in an age where anything goes. I’d imagine that as the fifties turned into the sixties, once girdles and shirtwaist dresses went out and looser silhouettes came in, you would stand out way more if you refused to update your look. Imagine if you were wearing twenties drop-waist dresses in the hourglass fifties! But now, you’ll see everything from simple jeans and tee shirts, full-on retro looks, eighties flashbacks, and 90’s flannel. There is no look of ‘now’ which is quite liberating, in terms of “wear whatever you want and whatever suits you!” That freedom can also be confusing – are you limited to one style, one theme, one personal style or look? With so many options how do you express yourself through clothing?

mccalls 3660, instant dress, vintage sewing pattern

(and even in 2013 we can wear a petticoat if we feel like it! decisions, decisions…)

Trends are basically the same thing over and over again, in one shape or form. Animal print is in! Does it ever really go out permanently? Earth tones for autumn? While I can totally get behind that idea, I love earth tones, is it really a trend?

I also have learned a lot about what works on my body shape and what looks terrible. Or rather, when it looks like certain styles or silhouettes are wearing me, rather than the other way around. Not only do some trends do nothing for my shape, but I don’t feel good in them. I’m self-conscious and probably readjust my outfit several times or check that everything is still in place, when I’m wearing something outside my comfort zone. Wearing silhouettes you feel great in makes your clothing one less thing to worry about – when you already know you look great, you’re free to worry about more important things!

rose-print corduroy dress

(this has so many of the things I like – fitted waist, A-line silhouette, slight boat neck.)

I think that sometimes trends get into our subconscious and come out without even thinking about it. As I go on all about how much I don’t think about trends, I remember that I have the Cordova Jacket, with a trendy peplum! Did I purposely seek out what was trendy and work it into the pattern design? No, but there it is – a ‘trend’ that made its way into a pattern, whether I went looking for what was popular or not.

cordova jacket (peplum – kind of a trend)

Colour is so intensely personal and we all have colours that look great on us! I wear colours i like rather than color ‘trends’ – of course, I may try something new when a colour is popular, but I won’t restructure my buying and wearing decisions around what’s hot now. What I think happens as well is that when something is popular, say coral or mint green, we see it everywhere and so it becomes familiar. It’s easy to like a colour you keep seeing around you, it feels natural to think ‘hey, I like that coral on her, and I’ll like it on me as well!’ Or notice that a trendy colour (again, let’s say coral) looks great with another colour we love, say navy. This makes it easy to work into our wardrobes, rather than starting from scratch.

coral cardigan

(love coral. it practically glows! project here.)

And last of all, what’s available in the fabric market is affected by fashion trends. Same with sewing patterns. So even if we choose our own fabric and pattern, the fabric and pattern offerings are based on what’s trendy, or what the market is looking for. Sure, it may not be the exact same market as the fashion industry, but fabric colour, print design, and pattern silhouettes are still based on what is fashionable and what people in 2013 are wanting to make and wear.

So that’s me. I think I don’t care about what is trendy, but fashion trends end up inevitably affecting what I wear and what I make. Even if I don’t intentionally seek them out. (And what did I tell the woman in the lunch room? This, pretty much, with the suggestion to wear what you love, what you feel good in, and only pay attention to what’s trendy if it appeals to you and suits your lifestyle.)

What do you think? Do you care about and pay attention to fashion trends or do you sew and wear what you love, regardless of what’s current?

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86 Responses to Do You Care About Fashion Trends?

  1. Rachel October 18, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Thoughtful post. I often feel like I embrace a trend just as it’s going out… Which up here is Maine isn’t really that big of a deal… We are all kinda behind that trends! But as far as my sewing, I sometimes will sew to try out a trend, but only if it’s a simple inexpensive make, or something that I know I will get a lot of use out of! If I’m going to spend a lot of my time on a project, I want it to be something I will be able to use for more that one season. Often if I make a trend, it because I’ve seen a lot of fabulous examples on the webs and get inspired, not because if it’s “on trend” status.

  2. Heide October 18, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Color trends are what upset me the most. I am always seeing a cute dress or blouse but never in colors I would wear! That is what I love so much about sewing, I can make clothes that shout ME and that I love and love wearing!

    • Zoe November 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      And then when a colour you like comes in to fashion, you have to go shopping and stash as much fabric as possible…

  3. Nina October 18, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    I feel the same – I’m not interested at all in trends, but something inevitably filters through into my thinking about clothes. If I love a piece of clothing I will wear it for years, and with the ridiculous pace of trend-changing these days that usually means that it’ll go in and out of style a few times before it wears out! Trying to keep on top of the latest trends would be exhausting and also really unsustainable (environmentally/economically). Better to know what works for you and not get too distracted. (Your made up ins and outs made me laugh, by the way, because of course it IS all just made up by somebody!)

    • Sandy October 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      Lol, you’re so right! It IS all made up by someone! I vote to just wear what you love!

  4. Inna October 18, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Most trends = good marketing. I can understand the big change in trends which come and go naturally (post war, uplift of feminism etc), but most of the current trends (twice a year or more) is pure marketing and a teasing game with our consumer-focused selves. That’s why most of us sew: to wear what we like and what suits us!

    • Cheryl Scott October 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      True!

  5. Lynn Mally October 18, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    I don’t consciously follow fashion trends at all, and in fact have given up looking at fashion magazines except when I get my hair cut. Of course I notice when colors I love, like orange, are in style, since that means that there are lots of things available in that color. However, I do think that I am influenced by the shapes that are current–I once made very long jackets until they went out of style. So–it’s complicated.

  6. Tasha October 18, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    I am 100% with you. Love this post, you really hit so many of my opinions on the matter I could just say “ditto”. lol I’ve really never paid much attention to trends, even before I sewed or knit. But you brought up a really interesting point, about how they can seep into our subconsciousness, and I think that’s true. Even if we don’t pay attention (like I don’t), we see it reflected on television and in people around us. So sometimes those might infiltrate as we see something and think “hey, that’s a pretty cute idea!” But to me that’s a lot different than being a slave to seasonal chic. So as for things that are “on trend”– fooey. I just don’t care. I’d rather be me and wear what I want. :D

  7. PendleStitches October 18, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Fashion fades, style is eternal.
    It makes my head spin how quickly fashion changes. And, as a stay at home mum, I find most of it irrelevant. That said…I do like to see what’s going on because there is often a detail that can be incorporated to make me look fresh and current. But, at the end of the day, I try to wear clothes that are more classic and suit my shape and lifestyle. It’s a work in progress!

  8. Hanne October 18, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    If trends were my thing, I don’t think I would be making so many of my clothes. I sew because the silhouettes and/or colors don’t suit me. And if it doesn’t look good on me, why should I wear it? I think this is one of the great things about getting older. I know my style, I know my colors, and I am not afraid to do my own thing.

  9. Craft (Alchemy) October 18, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    I only really notice trends insofar as they affect what’s in the shops, and since I started sewing I’ve almost stopped buying new clothes so the degree to which I notice has dropped even further.

    I suppose they affect what patterns are available, especially for something like BurdaStyle which does pattern ‘collections’, but it’s a lot easier to get hold of last year’s patterns than last year’s clothes.

    Even before I started sewing my own clothes I didn’t try to follow trends – I’m big-hipped and pretty butch and it was difficult enough to find clothes that a) fit and b) I wanted to wear before even considering if they were “on trend”. It used to bug me, but that went out the window a while ago. I will never be on trend. I’m okay with that.

  10. Gabrielle October 18, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    You’re so right – we are influenced by the trends (available fabric colours and prints for example, and what’s in the shops we walk past) even if we don’t intend to be. Sounds like a point in favour of a fabric stash that’s been built up over time… :)

  11. The Nerdy Seamstress October 18, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    I agree with you whole heartedly. I never followed trends even before I started sewing, but nothing fit me out I didn’t like a lot of clothes, so I wrote a lot of grand and a t shirt. I’ve always been about fit, it just didn’t fit my price tag. Once I started sewing, a whole new world opened up for me. I get to sew what I like in the colors I like, purple. I do like to look at what other people are wearing and see if I can make it myself. I usually like people who do not wear trendy clothes.

  12. Samantha October 18, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    I don’t deliberately seek them out, but like you, I find the influence is there whether I look for it or not. I sew primarily after seeing something I like either in the store or on a website or after seeing a fabric/pattern that strikes my fancy.

  13. MrsSmith October 18, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    I totally wear what I want. I don’t care if it’s “in” or not. Sewing helps me do that. Like someone else said, I also HATE color trends!!!

    I remember searching and searching for a brown top but there was no brown! How can brown not be “in”!?! Neutrals can never go out of style! Grrr!

    Whew.

    I love my own personal style, even if it doesn’t rival the runways…

  14. Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket October 18, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    I love fashion, so I am always noticing trends, and what was in the latest Ralph Lauren runway show. As much as I like to think that my style is my own, it’s hard to keep it that way. Just because I sew my own clothes doesn’t mean that I will be able to purchase patterns or fabrics that are out of trend.

  15. Debbie October 18, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    I love looking at current trends because I’m always seeking inspiration for my projects. I was more concerned about having the last fashion when I was younger. Now, I try (but not always succeed) to just stick with what works for my body and only try to incorporate something trendy if I’m in love with it and if I think it will work for me.

  16. Sunni October 18, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    I don’t go out of my way to seek out trends or “what’s hot off the runway” but when I see a lot of it and I like it, I consider trying it and making it my own. But, I do find it interesting that there are sooooooo many people who are into the trendy thing. Working in a fabric store, its really interesting. I’m like you. I have very strong opinions about what I want to wear and the colors I want to wear too – whether they are on trend or not. A woman came into the fabric shop recently and asked me what the pantone color forecast was for fall. I said I didn’t know, but that I decide my own colors and don’t let pantone do it for me! (I wasn’t rude at all, but just said something to that effect) She said, “Well that’s nice, but its good to know what they should be.” Ha ha! Like the pantone forecast is some kind of law or something. My question: Does the pantone forecast really ever change that much? I know what colors are fall-ish and pick accordingly whilst also adding my own colors which may or may not be fall (or whatever season we’re in). It’s just interesting to me how these trendy things affect people so much, especially people who I wouldn’t think that they would really effect!

  17. KW October 18, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Wasn’t it Meryl Streep’s character in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ that gave an interesting discourse on how we are influenced by fashion even when we think we are not? I don’t follow fashion very closely anymore but having a few new key bits gives both my handmade and shop bought clothes a new vibe and I can enjoy them all over again. Also fabric shops and patterns do have half an eye on trends, especially colour, which is why it is easier to buy colours some years than others. The advantage of sewing is that if you fall in love with a trend you can adapt it to fit your shape if you so desire – subverting a trend if you like!!

  18. Sabine October 18, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Hmm, tough question – but an interesting one!

    I definitely won’t follow fashion trends when it comes to ‘body figure styles’! It’s taken me ages to understand that a) I am not one size, but three sizes, and of pear shape and b) how I can actually use that knowledge to my advantage and find clothing that highlights/downplays my stronger and weaker points. So, if fashion takes a turn from its current trend of tailored-to-the-waistline and back to oversized eighties-like garb, then I definitely won’t follow, but rather stick to my hard-learned lessons re: my own body shape and what is most flattering.

    If we move toward a certain trend that I do not really like, it may become harder though to find newly released patterns to my liking. But that may be a good thing for my budget, because these past twe-three years, there was a lot of pattern temptation for me! ;-)

    In any case, being able to sew certainly helps to be able to ‘find’ (i.e. make) garments that are still ‘you’, even in times when fashion is definitely not ‘you’!

    Also, I am fairly certain that I will stick to sewing in ‘my’ colors. Again, it’s taken me a long tile to realize which colors suit me and which not, so it would be kind of silly, to me, to throw that overboard when fashion trends ‘dictate’ otherwise.

    I will, however, look into fabric prints and types of fabric, or garment details/embellishments which are ‘in’ and try to incorporate trends that way. So, for example, in my country, photographic prints and geometrical motifs are quite hip, and thus I might choose a cut that suits me, in a color that suits me, but use a geometrical print. Or if, for example, a certain type of pocket (just inventing things, here!) hot, I might use that. Also, I think that if you really wish to be ‘trendy’, accessories can go a long way.

    But all this *only* on the condition that I truly like it myself! I suppose that’s the home question, here :-)

  19. Sam October 18, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    This is a really interesting post. I do love fashion ( I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger) and do still take notice of trends. The difference as I get older is that I now only wear the trends if I like them and they suit me. I agree it can be really frustrating not being able to find something in the shops because it’s not “in fashion”.

  20. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) October 18, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    great post. I love to look at all the designers’ collections and pick and choose some new trends but mostly stick to shapes that look good on me (as you mentioned above) I don’t care if earth tones are ever in, not going to wear them! I like to see how various fabrics look in the new collections so that is a bit of trend following I do. The one feature of trends that I do follow is silhouette – pants width, shoulders on jackets, these are definitely changes I incorporate in my sewing and since the newest patterns usually incorporate them that is not difficult. but I agree with you, floral prints forever !!! :)

    • Tiffany October 18, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      I was going to say the same thing about silhouettes – so thanks for saying it for me. I guess what we are following is not so much ‘trends’, changing with changing ‘norms’.

  21. Seattlerain October 18, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    I usually figure out what the trends were 6 months later while I’m flipping through an old fashion magazine at the gym or the random times I get my nails done. Usually I laugh at 90% of what is being deemed trendy. Metallics around the holiday? Hardly a trend to me. :) Now that I’m older/sewing/growing apart from fast fashion, I pick and choose what I think will flatter me, so trends aren’t something I follow. Floral forever, yes!! I stick to the same seasonal colors, changing out teal for fall from turquoise in the summer. Might be lame to some but I’m not super invested in trends. Never was, as when I was a shopper, I’d stick to Nordstrom Rack and Ross past-season items. As for Pantone, I only peek at it if I see enough bloggers on the subject. I like to see what is picked but mainly so I can scope out a new color for myself. Otherwise, I’m basically non-trendy. It has been a journey to figure out what fits and flatters, to not be a slave to H&M or Anthro’s new arrivals. I’ll peek at Modcloth to see what is new, just to spot silhouettes in my pattern stash. Then I’ll feel trendy!

  22. Heather in Oregon October 18, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    I almost never buy RTW new and don’t look at fashion mags so I rarely really know what is trendy at any given time. I wear and make what I like. Most of the time what I don’t make is thrifted. I was really grateful when leggings came back because I can layer them under my knit dresses where they look intentional and are more comfortable and warmer than tights. Also, the color thing is really irritating because I prefer to wear colors that look on me rather than colors that are popular. Of course some of my fabric buying is dictated by trends simply because of what is available and I will see people on the street and think how much I like their look and seek out some way to recreate it. Most of what I like is informed by knowing what shapes and colors look good on me as well as comfort and practicality for my life which involves two kids and a lot of dirt.

  23. Seattlerain October 18, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I forgot to add that I’m not completely immune to trends/peer groups when it comes to patterns, though. When I see multiple bloggers sewing and talking up a pattern that I would otherwise forgo due to my self-imposed pattern buying ban, I start feeling my resolve fall. As much as I think a Saltspring is not a good make for my particular body type, I’ve seen so many great makes that I might jump on board next summer!

  24. Bel October 18, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Loved the post, made me think a lot. Trends basically confuse me – I’ll see a trend for the first time and think “omg, that’s ridiculous, looks awful” and then, after seeing virtually everyone wearing it, I kinda get used to it, and may even begin to like it. Point for the marketing teams, I guess.

    But I do believe the greatest thing about sewing is having something unique – so I try to stay away from copying what’s in (at least conciously haha!)

    By the way, your blog got me sewing again after some years of nihil. Greetings from Argentina :)

  25. Lauren October 18, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Fashion was something that I was really confused about ’til recently. It just seemed to be such a waste of money. Now I focus on having style, rather than a fashion sense but I will be inspired be trends, and wear what I make until it falls apart rather than throwing away something that I love just because it’s out of date. Clothes shouldn’t have an expiration date if you love them and feel great in them unless they’re falling apart. I agree wholeheartedly with everything that you said in each post.
    http://www.ladysewalot.blogspot.co.uk

  26. LinB October 18, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Have not only been sewing for … well, goodness gracious, if my math is correct … 43 years, but I trained to be a theatrical costumer. So, “trends” to me means more like decades or centuries than seasons.

    The only time that being “in style” matters to me is when what I choose to wear embarrasses the people around me (husband, and — until she moved out recently — daughter). Otherwise, my daily dress verges either on uniform-for-a-middle aged-lower middle class woman (dark plain slacks, loose overblouse); or as outright costume (1918 suffragette, for example, or Gibson Girl + 50 pounds; etc. etc.).

    The only time I have ever stopped wearing a certain style because it was decidedly not a good idea to keep wearing that style? When the USA invaded Afghanistan. My Arab menswear-style overblouses worn with loose open vests, and the Afghani slouchy cap from J. Peterman, suddenly seemed not only unpatriotic but dangerous to be seen in, in public. I have never been able to bring myself to sew up my copy of Folkwear’s Syrian Dress, although it would be a useful garment in my wardrobe.

  27. Roni October 18, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    I feel that the on-line sewing community has its own fashion trends. When new patterns come out everybody is sewing them and talking about them. Some patterns are timeless but some are “In” when they come out and then fade.

    The difference between “us” and “them” is that we tend to have more timeless patterns and make garments that will be wore for long time. But we, too, have fashion trends; It even shows in the way bloggers take pictures and in the general design of sewing blogs.

  28. Johanna October 18, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    A timely question! Very funny as I just got half way through a project that was very trendy and modern. I thought I’d try something new, and… I hate it, lol! Even though it’s fashionable it’s so not me. In future I’ll stick with what I’m drawn to… Now I have to decide if I should bother finishing it for technique practice. Lol

  29. Diane @ Vintage Zest October 18, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    For me, I like to see what styles are “in” as a reminder of what other fashions I could be wearing. For example, I never thought that I could wear peplums or skinny jeans with my body type. When I tried them on and stores, I was immediately smitten and I was happy to sew some peplum tops and a skirt of my own! However, I would never put a lot of time into sewing something that I would not want to wear five or 10 years from now. I know what I like to wear, and a trend will come and go, so I really only want to buy/sew lasting garments. Right now, our sewing group is doing a plaid challenge, which is not in my typical fabric stash. It will be an experiment of whether or not I like plaid!

    http://www.vintagezest.com/2013/10/announcement-mad-about-plaid-challenge.html

  30. Rach October 18, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    I’ve been thinking about the exact same thing for a long time. I often wonder why I look at so many fashion websites and try to echo trends in my sewing projects. I may as well just buy RTW! So I’ve decided to try and focus on making clothes I like in fabrics I find interesting. The Holy Grail is getting to a point where you are neither on trend nor behind the times, you just have timeless, unique style. That takes an awful lot of effort and a heap of confidence though. I can think of very few people who have reached that point!

  31. Elena @ Randomly Happy October 18, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Funny enough I started making my own clothes because the current trends were doing nothing for me. The shape, fit, and colour were so horribly wrong. Now I focus on making clothes that make me happy. There may be a nod to what’s trendy, but the main thing is that what I wear puts a smile on my face.

    Love that i’m not the only one to own my own style!

  32. Hélène October 18, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Not being a trend-victim anymore : this is what sewing is all about. You go for your favorite colours and styles. Sewing is freedom!

  33. Chantal October 18, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Before I started sewing back in March this year, I used to get so frustrated shopping in stores. The 80s are still in? Ugh, when are the 50s going to come back? But now with sewing I can make all the cute skirts and dresses I want! (Albeit at quite a slow pace since I’m just a beginner). So I guess for me trends used to be annoying and now they’re just irrelevant.

    That being said, I do tend to get carried away when everyone is sewing up a particular pattern and I want to join in too! Part of it is that I’m still learning new skills, but then the item just gets worn once or twice and then ends up at the back of my closet. Not good for the environmentalist in me, but learning new techniques does involve using fabric. It’s a tough balance!

  34. Leigh in Oregon October 18, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    I was thinking about this just this morning. I walk a lot, have dogs, and do lots of things. My clothes need to make me look good and function appropriately, not be trendy.

    I buy some things, and optimistically think I’ll make things but I haven’t done a lot of that recently. I tend to wear only a few items in different combos. I have a very small closet – 1 rack, 3 ft long. So no, I don’t keep up with trends. It’s too expensive and seems wasteful to me to always change out whole wardrobes.

    I like wearing basics, and jackets with an intersting pattern or cut and then jazzing them up with cool accessories – scarves, pins, jewellry.

    As for color – I like certain colors and don’t wear others, so really, it doesn’t matter what color is “in”, Pantone and all 950 pages of Vogue can scream that lime green is “IN” all they want, but I’m not wearing it. I do find that I like ‘fall’ colors in the fall, and by January I start wanting some brighter colors. So I wear them.

    I figure as long as people are telling me I look great, and I’m comfortable, I must be doing something right.

  35. French Toast Tasha October 18, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I’m in the anti-trend camp, I feel like trends encourage more consumerism and waste than is healthy for our self-esteem, wallets, or the planet. I’d like to wear everything I make until it wears out, which hopefully will be 5-10 years from now.

    I’ve had this discussion/argument with my husband a few times over whether timeless clothes are even possible. I think they are, and that if I make things which were never about any era in fashion to begin with, but just about my taste and what I would like to say, it won’t matter when I wear them.

    I do like when I see something new to me and it gives me an idea for something I’d like to make. And I do find that longer-term changes (like from shorter to longer knit tops) filter into my choices as well. So I agree that we’re influenced by our environment and the changes in fashion around us, and I’m glad we live in an era when people are wearing all kinds of different styles! I copy a lot of existing clothes that I find and like, and draft patterns for things I’d like to have, and I’m really happy about all the independent pattern companies that exist now, not to mention vintage patterns I could find, all of which just expand my options for what I’d like my style to be!

  36. Natasha October 18, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I don’t make my own clothes yet, but I don’t think I’m going to sew trendy items when I do. I’d probably stick to more classic things I can wear for a long time. If I’m going to spend that much time on something I want to love it forever. I don’t care about what is in fashion, but it does influence me. Seeing something over and over does make you like it more sometimes. But I still hate neon.

  37. Ms. SpoolTeacher October 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Classics are never out, but how they are expressed varies, i.e., lapels. The thing that has stood out over time for me, and I’m a 50’s born, is either a fabric or a color will define an “era”. Mauve = 70-80’s (carpet), Yellow (walls) = “I want ‘Tuscan’ style decor, Forest Green (carpet) and red and green plaid upholstery/rugs/etc. = also 80’s . This era will be recognizable by anything with the Chevron pattern. You can tell the era of a movie by the clothes and cars. I guess fashion is useful for that. I like your idea of standing out from the crowd. I dress for COMFORT. Period. And put whatever “feels” like it wants to go together, together. Create a signature style is my motto. People give me things all the time saying, “This looks like You”.

  38. Denise October 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Great post. I don’t really follow trends (never have) although I do like to read fashion magazines to get ideas and inspiration. I find new things that I might want to try in my sewing. The most important thing is to be confident no matter what you’re wearing. I love color, prints, and floral so that’s what I use when I sew. Besides, well-fitting clothes are, and will always be, in style!

  39. Vanessa October 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I like to know what’s current but I weed through the “new” for what I like- which you usually turns out to be fairly classic or at times discernibly retro. I like to keep a folder of magazine images for inspiration which I turn to for inspiration- so, there might be a ton of pencil skirts in different designs/ styles- sometimes I tuck certain images with patterns in my stash. I use pinterest too… Trends can be interesting, but I think it’s really about taste- my philosophy is wear what you sew, sew what you love. Great blog!

  40. Rachel October 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Interesting reflections on trends for home-sewers vs. purchasers. I purchase the majority of my clothes (and make a handful) and pay attention to trends but certainly don’t follow them strictly. As you note, it’s most important to know your own body and what works for you, and in today’s anything goes fashion culture you can choose what’s most flattering. The one place where I always want to stay current in terms of trends is jeans–flare, wide-leg, bootcut, skinny–I’ve worn all of them!

  41. Sushidog October 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I don’t pay a huge amount of attention to trends, at least consciously; part of the reason I started making my own clothes was so that I could have clothes that suit me, rather than what was available in the shops, but of course, as you say, trends do influence the patterns and fabrics we can buy. And I did recently have a look (unsuccessfully, alas!) for some washable fake leather to use as a trim on a dress; leather and leather-look seems to be very trendy right now, and it strikes me as a nice way to add a bit of interest to an otherwise simple garment.

  42. Sylvie October 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve ever really followed trends. Like you said, they change so fast. But I think that primarily means the prints or colors and not particularly shape. Shape doesn’t change as fast, and like you said, we can currently wear whatever we *feel* like wearing and it’s totally acceptable. Then again, some prints can be seen as outdated or trendy depending on how it’s used. A boxy polyester short sleeve button up shirt in a floral print might scream grandma, but a similar floral print in a cotton blouse with some pintucks seems kind of fashionable (to me). It can also depend on how it’s styled. Loving a vintage style dress doesn’t mean you’re going to wear the undergarments for that time period (or maybe you want to, that’s totally up to you, which is the beauty of this age), also the way we style our hair, the shoes we wear, the accessories we choose, they can all bring the same dress into 2013. But if you go full on retro, that’s great too! So, yeah, I totally don’t follow trends. I wear what I like, what I feel pretty in and feel confident in! Ultimately if you feel confident you’re going to shine far beyond just what you’re wearing.

  43. Barbara Munic October 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Well, I have always loved to see the latest collections, but learned early on to pick and choose what was good for my body. I also insist on good construction and high quality fabrics, which means that there is little in the stores for me. I do have a positively visceral reaction against synthetic fibers, as they will never decompose and return to the earth. So all you young ones…I don’t see why my fabric choices should pollute the world you will still be living in 50 years from now.
    Whew…OK, I’m off the soapbox.
    I follow trends, but rarely just adopt them wholesale, because too many are cut too low or too high. You get the idea. But I do make them, altered for my body and preferences. One thing I have noticed is that clothes that were trendy 20 years ago when I finished college and had a need for a bigger wardrobe are now back in style. I wear them or my 16 year old wears them, (Ok, back on the soapbox…daughter wearing my clothes is so sweet and such a big reason for good fabric care). Updated with new accessories, they are just great and get so much notice.
    I also love following trends for a look at clothing history. It seems easy to understand why clothes went from Edwardian styles to the flapper styles of the twenties…the world was in a total uproar. Everything changed. But why did people give up the comfortable loose clothing that many cultures wore such as Greek draped clothing and Asian styles and mideastern caftans. especially why give up comfort when what people adopted next were all those highly restrictive corsets and waistcoats? for women and ( maybe less so for men) they were cages styled as clothing. Could anyone have been comfortable, much less able to function? It just seems to me like people might have refused to give up things that are
    essentially wrapped and draped robes and caftans.

    Anyway, just a few thoughts.
    I say look at trends, but only adopt what you truly love and feel comfortable in; then you will truly be a person of your own style.

  44. sallyann October 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Like you, I know what fits on my body and in my life. I like to take a trendy color, like teal, and make something from one of my tried and true patterns that ends up looking fresh and new. And if a color I love, say pale grey is trendy, I stock up on fabric so I can make whatever, whenever.

  45. Julia October 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I don’t really follow trends either. When you figure out what silhouettes suit you and which colours to stay away from you feel good wearing these things and the need to be ‘in’ doesn’t pull so strong. I love reading magazines but I do so to collect new ideas for sewing. Many trends I hate but often there will be an aspect of the outfit that pleases me. I find it bizarre when I have something in mind I just have to have then open a magazine and find it staring back at me. I really am focused on improving my sewing sills with every garment so my wardrobe is rather large. I am always looking for new ideas so I can justify to myself adding to my wardrobe. I like watching the trends come and go and I try to collect the best ideas from everything as I go on. I feel upset when I see a fashion victim as they don’t look confident within themselves. They seem to need acceptance and approval from others. I feel most comfortable when I am wearing something I love and if others like it ok, if not my should I care.

  46. Jenny October 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    I guess it’s no surprise to see so many commenters leaning towards the anti-fashion trend camp. It’s probably fair to say that a lot of us sew so that we no longer need to be told what to wear in order to get dressed in the morning!

    What I will say about myself though that as someone who follows sewing blogs, is that I am greatly influenced by sewing trends. It’s kind of similar in a way- I see someone else has sewed up and new pattern and they look amazing in it, so now I want one too! I did a little experiment recently where I went and tried on a whole bunch of on-trend clothes just to try and broaden my inspiration. I really like this approach to sewing where you can pick and choose inspiration from fashion trends and sewing trends and come up with whatever you damn well like!

    I don’t really see following trends as an ugly concept, I just think of it as something that we do as social beings. The desire to be accepted by our peers is just part of being human :)

  47. Stephanie October 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Funny you should post this as I was thinking about this (sort of) the other day. But i was looking at it from a sewing pattern point of view.

    I was thinking how many combine dresses, Victoria blazers are there out there. How many bombshell bathers have been made.

    I am amazed how quickly patterns get out there and people make them up. Is this because we are on trend or because they are great patterns? I follow a lot of sewing blogs and see a lot of the same outfits albeit in our choices of fabric, our own little tweaks. Are we trend followers and we don’t realise it?

    • Stephanie October 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Sorry that should have read cambie dress.

      • francesca October 31, 2013 at 7:20 am #

        I have been thinking of something to this effect all along – I mean whilst reading all the comments here… Most of us may not think we are following trends, but this is definitely trend following. What I find wierd is when people who usually make lovely stuff that fits them well and suits them suddenly make something that totally doesn’t just because it is the latest indie pattern from X Y or Z…. or pay good money for totally simple patterns that look like my first experiments with sewing back when I was 12 – I remember making myself pants with an elastic waist and no seam on the outside, got the crotch off some other pants and they actually looked ok – and a sort of batwing dress with shape built in by a belt… People who have been sewing for a while could easily draft stuff like this but fall for the latest craze. I am bottom heavy according to standard sized patterns – which is why I like Tasha’s patterns – I have a bunch of them, but not all – as not all are my style – viz, Minoru and Tofino.. I would never bother trying the bombshell pattern as I have tried on that style of swimsuit and found it totally unflattering and uncomfortable – plus, I like to swim when I go to the beach, and all that fabric would take so long to dry after each swim and I’d get tummy ache! :)
        Same with Colette – have loads as I love their aesthetic – but not all – some would just not fit my style and life. Tried one By Hand pattern and was unimpressed by drafting especially the hems of the panelled skirt so I shan’t buy more and felt ripped off and that I had fallen for the trend thing…. I like to feel stylish and am usually complimented a lot by my colleagues so I guess they think I am – but my priority is comfort, so i never wear anything super tight and skirts shorter than knee or below as I hate to feel synthetic leather against my skin when I sit…. I only like 30s-40s style wide leg pants for comfort and style reasons and after making one pair of junipers never bothered to look at any pants patterns again as they fit perfectly, look great and are comfy.
        I think fidgeting with your clothes or pulling down skirts, retucking tops and so on look the opposite of stylish – style is feeling at ease and confidence in your clothes, amongst other things:)..

  48. MTangel October 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I live in an area that doesn’t do much in terms of fashionable or trendy clothes – everyone wears pretty basic stuff. I see so many really great outfits on sewing bloggers that I love, but I never wear them myself. I hate being stared at and don’t really have the confidence to stand out by wearing the clothes I like.

    That said, I do kind of like to just look at the color reports and pictures of fashion shows, just to see what’s out there. Sometimes you can get ideas for new color combinations or details to add to clothing. Other times the stuff is completely hideous. :)

    The only time it really annoys me is when everything in the store has to follow the color trends. Not everyone can wear neon, but it’s “trendy” so they just make everything eye-searing yellow.

  49. Kelly October 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I avoid projects that are trendy enough that they will go out of style. Like you I am more likely to try out a look that I hadn’t previously considered if it is “in” right now.

    Realistically though I think there are two questions here. One outfit vs an overall look. Some people try and get enough trendy items to have an overal trendy look.

  50. Sox October 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    I like what you wrote.
    As for me, I wear what I like and I sew what I like. I sometimes get annoyed when what I like becomes trendy. Or else I joke about being the ‘(b)leading edge’ of a trend.

  51. Sara October 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    You should have told your friend that you don’t follow the trends, you make them. Which you do. You put out a trench coat pattern and sewists across the globe are making trenches.

  52. Steph October 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I mostly agree with you (I’ve had the same basic style for most of my life, as I know what works on me and appeals to my senses). At the same time, I really enjoy browsing fashion blogs such as The Sartorialist and Garance Doré (although by the same measure I feel guilty for looking at them for their implicit promotion of consumerism, cosmetics and in some cases unethical fashion…but I digress :)). I think though that fashion is an art form and so I want to see how other people make art with it. That doesn’t mean that I’ll pick up a fad just to fit in, as many trends don’t appeal to me. I do see interesting ideas though in the way that others wear clothing that I interpret to fit my style. I also like that I can see how people around the world style and interpret fashion. (I may be biased though as my boyfriend is Italian and I spent a lot of time in Italy where it is definitely not considered strange to follow fashion. :))

  53. lilliancouture October 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I think we all follow trends to a certain extent. It is human nature. We are shaped and influenced by what is around us, and when we create we spit it out in one way or the other. For instance maybe we are not so keen on skinny jeans/leggings-but are into retro, or neither but stitch up the first items we see popping up on patternreview. Its such a tricky topic because at the moment like you mentioned we have a million trends going on at once, depending on the culture and/or sub culture we identify with most..

    I don’t try to avoid trends or run to them. I simply make or wear what I like. For instance I have a few high low dresses but would never fully invest in them as I would say a pencil skirt or a simply work trouser. Would I pay $50.00 for a high low or peplum top/no. I would not pay that amount for the fabric to make it either. But for a solid pair of work pants, probably.I do hate when I am buying rtw and every store is carrying the same thing, in the same colors. It’s like… I love a good skinny jean as well-but I like other cuts too.

    I will honestly say though I never paid much attention to changing trend until I started to sew. I was a t-shirt and jeans type of gal. Learning how to sew made me start to look at more designers/designs, to look for standards of fit and design aesthetics.

    I think the sewing patterns are based on trends as well but the beautiful thing about sewing is that you can get basic silhouette patterns and make virtually anything by altering them. I do love sewing as it lets you have control over your personal styling’s.
    Trends ou non!

    BTW:I wear white after labor day :)

  54. Jan Anderson October 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I have been sewing clothes for myself since I was 13 years old (closing in on 50 sewing years). I have always sewn what I felt comfortable for me, never following strictly fashion trends. I grew up in a small town, so it was more advantageous to sew and show my creative side, then to see the same RTW item coming down the street at me. I received more compliments on items I created than ones that I purchased.

    I don’t pay attention to the runway shows. Those clothes never show up in high end retail stores, but usually in a more moderated version, i.e., tamed down, longer hemlines, etc.

    Artists show their character through painting. Sewists create masterpieces through fabric and their unique style.

  55. sarah October 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I used to really try hard to be “trendy” , but after my daughter turned about 2 or 3 and I saw how much fun she was having putting together outfits for herself, I asked myself why I wasn’t enjoying that anymore. I realized I was trying to fit into a mold, rather than wearing what I liked or what really suited and flattered my body. So, now I pretty much wear what I want and although I sew a lot of my clothes from vintage patterns, I don’t feel limited by it, and you’re just as likely to find me in a t-shirt and jeans sometimes. I think there’s so much creativity and fun to be had in getting dressed and somehow when we grow up we can lose that. I decided I’m old enough to not care and yet young enough to not want to waste another minute trying to be what someone else thinks I should be. Sewing is so liberating, and gives you freedom to wear the styles and patterns you like and to get the fit that best suits you, regardless of what’s “trendy”. Not to mention you’re avoiding purchasing cheaply made clothes sewn by children in sweat shops.

  56. Lorinda October 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    I love knowing what is trendy, but I like even more to have clothing items that can weather several seasons by just chaning accessories. I don’t mind to have trendy blouses and tops, but my skirts and pants are usually more classic, blending easily from year to year.

  57. Veronica Darling October 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    I’m with you, I don’t like being told what’s in fashion! I like wearing things that fit well (ie handmade mostly!) or suit my body type… and the BEST bit about the modern woman, is that we get to choose what to wear, where to and when.

    With my pattern picking, or planning though… I sometimes see what other sewing blog babes are up to…or see what gaps I have in my wardrobe… sometimes for inspiration I use the fabric or pinterest or my vintage pattern collection! I don’t look to fashion runways, or shops, or magazines for what to wear! How boring to ‘keep on trend’ all the time for those peeps!

    xoxo

  58. Sewer October 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I care only about trends that:

    1) Are attractive;
    2) Look good on me;
    3) Are appropriate;
    4) Have some staying power.

    I usually need need help fitting patterns and I’m a slow and meticulous sewer. Most projects are too much of an investment of time, money, and effort for me to make something that’s the fashion of the season.

  59. Sarah October 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Sometimes I find out from coworkers that something I’m wearing is “in” right now, but it’s always news to me, hahaha.

    Most of the reason I got into sewing was because I have very little interest in the types of things that end up being fashionable, and are therefor available to buy in rtw. Most of my interests fall within “subcultures”, and there simply isn’t a lot of selection in a smallish tourist town. Sometimes I wonder if I would be less involved in sewing if I lived in a big city with more shopping options, but somehow I think the siren song of complete design control would lure me back eventually :).

    I think if you wear what you love, you will be more comfortable and confident, and that is worth far more than being “on trend”. But if something you like becomes trendy, take full bloody advantage of it while the getting is easy and plentiful! (or even better, go thrifting shortly after it goes out of style again and everyone else has moved on ;)).

  60. Nikki October 19, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    I don’t have any interest in fashion/trends. As a teenager I followed the ‘uniform’ for the music I like, but stopped as I got older ( my choice of footwear has remained the same) I don’t feel the need to wear that uniform anymore, although some of my fabrics choices may be a nod in that direction. I spent many years being frustrated by not being able to find what I want to wear in shops and of course not being able to find things that fit! Sewing has give me the opportunity to make the clothes I want to wear and I have inadvertently found a community of like minded people. I did jump on the sewing trends band wagon for a while, but most of the stuff I made just wasn’t ‘me’. As for colour, I know what I like and I really don’t care what colours are trendy.

  61. Lara October 19, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    I completely agree, I don’t think I follow trends at all, but in reality I know that they creep into my subconscious. I think that’s mostly influenced by other sewing trends and bloggers though. Plus I definitely have my own trends that I follow, but they change from day to day. A really interesting post though x

  62. karen, uk October 19, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    Only if I like it. I have seen a few cycles and can predict often what is coming. Which used to amuse children, which is my suitably witchy comment for Halloween, that we can all see coming, have fun x

  63. Mary Carol October 19, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    I was just thinking about this the other day, this and the pressure that fashion and the beauty industry generally put on women to fix the things that are wrong with them. As though there is anything wrong in the first place! I started sewing mostly because I just wanted to make things I liked and that fit me. I accept that fashion has an influence on me generally, it’s hard to escape it. but I don’t follow it. I find it all too weird to be told “blue is going to be in this Spring!” – really? Who says? Is there some governing body that decides this thing? Although reading the previous comments, I’d never heard of a pantone colour forecast. How is this report put together? Market research? Survey of designer’s upcoming collections? Or just some random person going, “ah… I like blue. How about blue?” Anyway, totally agree that we should all just dress as we like and if that happens to coincide with what is trendy, then so be it.

  64. CGCouture October 19, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Ha! I guess I would put myself into the “couldn’t care less” camp. My style tends toward practical, because that fits my personality and lifestyle. I want my clothing to cover me adequately, but not hinder me. If it is restrictive in fit or function, I won’t wear it. I like to LIVE in my clothes, and I don’t consider being unable to eat, walk easily, hold babies/children, etc. as living. I refuse to suffer for fashion. ;-)

    The whole reason I started sewing again was because all I could find at that point in time was drab browns and yellows with a “babydoll” silhouette. Yellow makes me look like an overripe corpse, I’m not a fan of browns, and the babydoll look just enhanced all the unflattering aspects of my body type. By sewing I can buck trends, wear clothes I can live in, and find colors that suit and appeal to me. :-)

  65. Sarah October 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I used to watch trends like a hawk hoping for the magical trend that would solve my fitting problems, while getting caught in a buying cycle.

    I discovered sewing 18 months ago when I became involved with a consumer group. I had a lightbulb moment about marketing, consumerism and shady practices and decided to make a change.

    That is a long way of saying I don’t follow trends because they are designed to keep you buying.

  66. Natasha October 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Thanks for writing this piece. I think it is a question everyone ponders on…should I be wearing what everyone else is?? I agree that we are influenced by things but I like to think that I stay true to myself and wear whatever I want.

  67. Elena Knits October 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    I started to make my own garments just to escape those fashion trends. Some of the styles that were trendy during the past years were not flattering at all to my figure. I just want to wear what I want and when I want. But it’s also true that this pattern industry, and also indie pattern designers, follow sometimes this fashion trends. I guess we just don’t need to wear that latest product, that latest pattern and we can focus on the ones we prefer. Off course, tasting a bit of these trends is inevitable from time to time.

  68. Pamela @ Johnny Mango Seed October 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    I pick and choose from what is current, and I like to be current with my clothes and shoes. Not trendy, but current. And I incorporate it into my own personal style.

    I like sewing because I can incorporate my own elements of comfort, color, style; I can adjust a pattern to suit my style or comfort.

    Still, comfort reigns: I continued wearing wide and straight-leg pants when skinny was all that was “in”!

    It is true that there is a wider appreciation for individual style, but the current trends are a fun change and a spark of ideas for me.

  69. CosIadoru October 20, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    I love sewing my own clothes to feel unique;)
    Sewing is a good way to express oneself isn’t it?
    I completely agree with you :)

  70. Julie Ann October 20, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I love to see what’s new for the spring and fall seasons, but I refuse to sew/buy and wear something because it’s “in.” It may be a horrible color on me, and I won’t walk around looking dumpy or silly or just bad! There are trends I love that just don’t look good on my figure, but I won’t sink the time and money into it.

  71. Laura October 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    It takes me so long to get round to finishing an item that even if I had bought/drafted a pattern that was bang-on-trend, it would probably be retro-chic by the time I could wear it.

    I tend to look at upcoming trends and pics of catwalk shows every now and again, but it’s only the abstract things like colour or texture that grab me, and give me inspiration for things that are completely unrelated and unfashionable. :)

  72. Amy October 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Haha, I’m with Laura above, it takes me so long to finish something it would be out of fashion by the time I wore it!

    I like looking at the fashion pages in magazines but more for ideas on how to style an outfit than for the individual pieces themselves. I’ve never really had a seasonal wardrobe since here in Scotland the weather is reasonably chilly and wet most of the year, so I don’t need to buy or sew a whole new wardrobe every season. I get more inspiration from what I see people wearing in the street or in coffee shops if I’m honest, models in magazines always seem so unobtainable since I’m not tall or especially skinny whereas people in the street are much more normal and so much easier to relate to in terms of clothing!

  73. thecuriouskiwi October 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I think it’s more important to wear colours and styles that suit your body shape and personality – rather than follow the current “trend”. I try not to judge but when I see someone obviously wearing the current trend and it looks terrible on them I feel sorry for them. I wear bright happy colours ALL THE TIME because that is my personality, I chose silhouettes that suit my figure. I am a happy person so I wear happy clothes and get happy complements in return.

    Those “trends” are just created to sell clothing anyway, they pressure people (like the lady you were talking to) to keep up with whatever is current, keep spending, keep consuming. Who are they to decide what is rending right now anyway? I find it sickening, this type of hyper consumerism…everyone should read the book Overdressed – The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L Cline

  74. ManicPixieDreamMom October 21, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    I do my own thing, but I will pop into shops I like (Anthropologie, for example) to see what’s current for inspiration. I don’t read magazines at all though. As far as silhouettes, I’m a pear, so no skinny jeans. Evar!

  75. Abi October 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I definitely don’t follow trends, which is what I LOVE about sewing my own clothes! I think it was Coco Chanel who said ‘Fashions change, but style is eternal’ and that’s my motto. I am an unabashedly feminine lady, which is why I love classic vintage styles. I know what works for my body and that’s what I wear. I do update the look slightly though (higher hemlines for instance), but I do also wear petticoats most days too. I’m all about bright colours and full skirts!

    It definitely takes confidence though! I think people can tell if you feel uncomfortable in what you’re wearing, and that’s when it comes off as ‘costumey’, so you really just have to wear it with confidence and understand that people will stare. I have a skin condition, so I’ve been used to people staring at me strangely since I was 15. I think this has helped me brush it off and have the confidence to wear full vintage in public, because it brings the attention away from my skin and to my clothes. I’ve also had Turquoise and Pink hair for 6 months now, so I’m quite used to getting strange looks ;)

    But I think that’s the best thing about being able to sew your own clothes, is that you’re free to do what you want! If you want to follow the latest trends, but make sure they fit you perfectly, you can. And if you want something that isn’t available because it’s not fashionable, then you can have it to.

  76. S Atkin October 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I am petite and generally only wear simple, clean silhouettes as otherwise I look out of proportion. So I tend to go for classic styles which I guess never really go out of fashion. I think it is the fabric where I am more expressive and perhaps that is where for me fashion trends come into play more.

  77. Rosemary K October 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    At the ripe old age of 60, I couldn’t agree with you more. I sewed all my clothes from about the age of 14 until my daughter was born in my early thirties, when I started sewing for her instead. Today she has her own sewing blog called New York Paris Needle. Then I ran out of time and had to start buying clothes.

    It is just so frustrating because, over the years, I have developed my own style to suit my personality and my own body and I certainly don’t want to change now. The problem is that I rarely find what I want. I get annoyed when I can only find two or three different colours in the shops and it’s not only a question of how much I pay.

    Paris may be considered the fashion capital of the world but it doesn’t encourage people to do their own thing. Many young people in particular wear black because they don’t want to take the risk of expressing their own personality.

    So, to answer your question, no, I don’t just follow the trends. I wear what I think suits me best and which I feel comfortable in – when I can find it!

  78. carmen gloser January 19, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    Not really,because fashion and mode is business it’s a way of making money once more,so they certainly don’t have any influence on me! I just put on what I want to put on ,and I’m more and more non-interrested by what people think ,I don’t give a dam!.But living in Paris is so simple and cool,you wear whatever you want to wear and nobody pays attention to you!.Although not being French I like a lot the french atmosphere ,Life is much more romanitic and simple than in other european countries ,but if you want to know what I do put on ,well it(s simple since years i like to put on long large pants with large men’s clip on suspenders my hair is cut very short ,nearly shaved and i wear a black leather navy cap on my head,and underneath I wear also a black leather corset laced in the back end fastened with 6 buckles in front and I love being this way.A matter a fact when meeting my husband straight away he liked my look,and without asking him anything he now dresses up like me and we feel free and cool,and it’s so sexy !!!

  79. Marie January 30, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Trends – yes – IF they fit my body type and style. Colors only IF they go with my coloring. At my age, incorporating trends ON MY TERMS can keep me from looking old AND old-fashioned or mutton as lamb. Say animal prints are “in” for example. I wouldn’t probably wear an all over animal print as I don’t have that personality to carry it off. But I would incorporate a top or skirt with an understated animal print offset with a solid. That fits my style. As for colors, I say grab your fabric colors when they are in. I’m still sobbing over the gorgeous red (love red) fabric that I didn’t order a few years ago. :)
    On the other hand, shopping and trying on a trend may surprise you and shock your out of your routine (rut). You may be pleasantly surprised when you try something on that on the rack was “absolutely not” for you.