As much as I believe that fashion style is an intrinsic quality, I understand how intimidating some fashion divas can be. No denying, we all take fashion inspirations from them. And it’s perfectly fine to do so. Austin Kleon’s book ‘Steal Like An Artist’ was the first time someone told me how all art is stolen. Since fashion and style are almost synonymous with art, safe to say they are also always stolen. However, your personal inclinations and preferences thresh that stolen style and mold it into your own. That’s what makes your style so unique.
My point is, if you want to develop a style statement of your own, it is primarily very important that you follow latest fashion trends. Only then would you be able to personalize the latest trends into your own style.
So we narrow down the talk to following latest fashion and style. It can be overwhelming for a lot of us with a 9-5 job or kids. But carrying out the quick and easy following steps will keep you right in the loop with all latest fashion trends. Here’s what you must do:
- Surf the Social Media
Be it breaking news or fashion trends, you can find it all on social media. Social media is a central hub for fashion trends and style ideas. You can read fashion blogs, aimlessly surf Pinterest or Instagram profiles of your favorite celebrities, designers, fashion bloggers, etc. All of these upload tonnes of photos everyday glammed up in the most chic fashion styles. Social media can be a free of cost way to stay updated with what’s hot and what’s not.
- Sign Up For Newsletters
Once you’ve shortlisted the fashion blogs and websites you wish to follow, sign up for their newsletter. Most fashion blogs and websites add the gist of their best fashion ideas and news in the newsletters. This way, you will be spared the hassle of going through online clutter and the top trends will be delivered monthly to your inbox. Read them at your earliest convenience and pick what you like from them!
- Go Window Shopping
By window shopping, I genuinely mean window shopping. Leave your money home and go to malls with the intent of exploring fashion styles. Gaze at mannequins, flip through look books and decide which piece to put together. Take out the time to check out latest arrivals in your favorite brands before you settle on where to spend your money.
- Attend Fashion Shows and Exhibitions
You may feel what models on runways wear lacks practicality in your life. But, runway looks are highly exaggerated and imaginative versions of the ensembles that are displayed in the market. Fashion shows are primarily events where people come to try different kinds of fashion, fashion that pleases them.
Visiting fashion shows will give you know-how of what’s going to hit the market. The latest UAE Fashion (online) Show had such a vast variety of new launches and creative ensembles that I was drooling while watching the show.
- Read Fashion Forecasts
Many online bloggers and inside personnel of the fashion industry make fashion forecasts. And just like it’s wise to check the weather forecast before heading out, it’s advised that you also read fashion forecasts before going on expensive shopping sprees. You don’t want to end up your precious money on a dress that’s reaching its end in the latest fashion.
- Have Your Own Fashion and Style Idols
It’s very important to look up to some people around you. They can be your friends, random strangers, celebrities, or practically anyone whose fashion style you admire. Having fashion idols does not mean you stalk their every move in a shopping mall.
Check up on their online profiles and public presences and take inspiration. Note the colors, patters, and the way they carry different dresses. Then try to adopt that style for yourself. Fashion idols do not only keep you informed on latest clothes, accessories, and trends but also give you many ideas on how to put them in an ensemble.
- Trust Your Instincts
Follow famous figures of the fashion industry and get your lifestyle news to your heart’s content, but most importantly trust your instincts. You have a distinctive fashion sense inside of you. After taking the right amount of inspiration and ideas from the fashion world, turn to yourself when deciding what must you buy and wear.