Stop Telling Me What to Wear!
by Vanessa Palencia
It’s all just a bunch of bullsh*t, really.
Why do a group of high-ranking, brand-name marketers need to tell me what to wear?
If I buy a $300 hot pink trench coat, I am not going to toss it in the back of my closet to be forgotten for eternity because high-ranking fashion officials, social media bloggers, and magazine models tell me that this winter, pastel pink pea coats are in. I paid $300 for that trench coat, so I am going to wear it until it has holes and the freaking grim reaper from Coat-landia comes to take it away and bury it in coat hell. Although personally, why would I even buy a $300 trench coat in the first place? Because someone somewhere decided that they were going to start telling the public what to wear, and we were going to listen. That’s why. But I’m here to tell you why we shouldn’t.
Not everyone can afford to keep up with the fashion trends. I don’t know about you, but I’m not rich. So I’m not going to go running to the mall every time a new season of clothes is released. My black, V-neck from last year is still in one piece, so I’m good. I may also own just three pairs of jeans that I bought from Forever 21 two years ago, but they fit me. They might be a tad faded, but they do the job. Why do I need to go out and purchase the latest Joe’s jeans when I have 3 perfectly good pairs?
Not everyone likes fashion. I don’t like half the stuff that’s out there. When crop tops first came back into style, I despised them. It looked like we decided to steal our five-year-old sister’s t-shirt and call it our own. Nope. I want a full-grown shirt, please. But, what I don’t like may be someone else’s favorite thing. I didn’t like the crop top, but I know that there are plenty of other girls who do. This shows that the latest fashion trend won’t be for everyone, so why feel the need to follow it?
Not everything looks good on everyone. There’s a reason why fashion tips and tricks exist. I love how pleated skirts look, but when I try them on, it looks like I’m trying to be a walking accordion. There will always be a articles of clothing that won’t look good on you or somebody else, and that’s okay. We all have different bodies, so different types of clothes will compliment us differently. (However, if there is one universal article of clothing we need to steer clear of, it’s nude leggings. I don’t care what your size, shape, or color is, please stay away from nude leggings.)
Everything comes full circle. Lately, I’ve been hearing everyone and their grandmother talk about how they remember wearing flared jeans or high-waisted pants. This is another reason to hold onto the clothes we already own. Not too long after we’ve thrown or replace that item, that trend will most likely return. So yes, while it may be pastel pink season, and next season may be blush, it’s only a matter of time before regular pink returns to the scene.