Classics That Are Disguised as Trends
image via vogue.com shot by Phil Oh
I was going through some of my last posts, and given the titles of each, you may think that I have a full hate-on for clothes.
I swear this is not the case. I still love fashion, style, and the artistry and personal expression of it all, I just think – like Nutella – it should be consumed in moderation. So with Spring trends coming out of our eyeballs, I’ve compiled a list of “trends” that are secretly classics masquerading around.
For this post, I’ve sourced all of my suggestions from a site I just discovered called Fashionkind.com. What I love about this site is that it truly focuses on the marriage of luxury and sustainable/ethical fashion. I think ethical fashion immediate brings to mind hemp pants and granola-inspired outfits. This is SO not the case here; I love that this site is contributing to telling a different story around ethical fashion. The best part though? Not only can you search via traditional categories like tops, bottoms, etc. but you can search based on your values or the issues that strike you most about the fashion industry. Whether your main concern is the environment or human rights, fashionkind.com will guide you to brands that are addressing the diverse range of issues in the fashion industry. Along with each product description are facts about the environmental or human impacts of fashion, as well as a description of the brand’s actions towards positive change.
Seriously – it’s worth a visit. And please know that this isn’t a sponsored post, nor are any of the links affiliated to commissions. I’m just genuinely impressed and grateful that this site exists and think it needs to be shared.
So – using the goods found on fashionkind.com, here are some trends that you’ll see floating around this season which I think are actually classic details that are worth investing in.
This is a great example for Spring. We’re being told that bold, varying stripes are hot this season, but guess what? They ALWAYS are. Stripes are evergreen for Spring/Summer because of their nautical feel. They’re also a great investment with longevity because if you buy the right stripe for your body type – they’ll always make you look and feel awesome, no matter what season you bought them in. Here is my favourite striped item that I found on fashionkind.com.
Anything metallic has wear power in my opinion, whether it’s on trend or not. It’s a subtle, yet impactful way to amp your look. Lucky for us, metallic pops top the list of trends that buyers are loving this season, so now is a great time to buy a lasting metallic piece. The key? Make sure it’s a simple, clean, classic silhouette – no bombers or fringy things – a simple pant or sneaker is great. Years ago, I bought a pair of metallic brogues from Cole Haan and wore them to death. I got compliments on them all the time, even though they weren’t necessarily on trend. That being said, I had to offer up these Veja sneakers found on fashionkind.com – my love of shoes will always run deep.
Fanny packs are back – as seen on the 2016 Pre-fall and Couture runways, this accessory is on the rise, although only a brave few are wearing it. Why do I love it and think it’s a piece that you will have for years? Two words: HANDS FREE. ACHING SHOULDER FREE. ANNOYINGLY-FALLS-OFF-WHEN-YOU’RE-TRYING-TO-MOVE-LIKE-A-NORMAL-HUMAN-BEING FREE. I don’t know if I’ve made my point. When style and functionality meet, for me, it’s always a winner.
We’ve seen so many variations on the moto jacket, it’s hard to remember what an original rock-star inspired moto looks like. Each transition season they come back in different colours, shapes, silhouettes – so here’s a design that will stand the test of time. When you can’t thrift one, this The Sway studded number is a special alternative. Made from upcycled leather by women in Pakistan, it is as eye catching as it is long lasting.
Utilitarian / Trench Coats
See my note above on fanny packs and functionality in fashion. Khaki, military, and utility are being thrown around in the context of trends this season, and apparently there is something akin to trench coat 2.0, but in what Spring season would you not want a trench coat? This is a total trend imposter. I love the generous silhouette and hearty fabric of this trusty trench coat that – let’s be honest, you’ll pull out every season.
all product image found on fashionkind.com
So what do you think? Are there trends that you would wear forever this season? I really wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a site that acts as a true initiative to bring about change in the fashion industry. I hope you enjoyed it!
As always, thanks for reading XO