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24 April 2012

Fashion Tip Tuesday - are you on trend? Be the trend.

trend/trend/

Noun:
A general direction in which something is developing or changing.
Verb:
(esp. of geographical features) Bend or turn away in a specified direction.


Are you on trend?
Do you even know what that means?
Do you have to be? Should you?
What if you're not?

I have an idea. Let's throw the whole trend, trending, trendy idea out the window, shall we?

What if you actually embraced what YOU like? That's what makes you happy isn't it? That's when you feel your very best, correct? That my friend is what becoming a trend is all about. See how easy this is?

Now I'm not letting you off the hook for sweats and sneakers. That, in fact, is NOT a trend. But I am encouraging you to walk your own style path.

I do not follow trends. I pay attention to trends. But I don't follow them.

For instance. Driving home from the vet a couple weeks ago, I spied this little boutique. I shouted to my driver to turn in. Mind you, my driver was my 16 year old inexperienced driver. A. You should never shout at a new driver. B. You should expect him to not want to come inside said boutique. C. You should hurry.

I did a quick survey of the store and immediately my eyes fell upon this sweater. Why? Because it reminded me of blankets my grandma and auntie and mother had crocheted...or knitted...I really don't know the difference. I play with fire...remember? Needless to say, it was a somewhat inspired-sentimental moment.

photo courtesy of Amanda at EverydayElementsonline.com
I made a fast decision and purchased this darlin' little multi colored crocheted vest thing. Back in the car...with "patiently" waiting 16 year old son...I had a bit of buyers remorse. Is it ugly? It does not fit into any trends I've read about. Will I actually wear it?

I decided to take it to Utah last weekend to the SNAP creative conference. With limited wardrobe options, I knew I would HAVE to {gulp} wear it. Now I'm nervous. What if people actually try to sniff me to see if I smell like moth balls, since I stole this from granny's cedar chest and all.


outfit ready for packing! see how organized I am!
But alas, that did NOT happen.

photo courtesy of Amanda from EveryElementsonline.com

Instead, I was asked if I MADE this glorious design...again, remember I don't even know if it's knit or crocheted. And then, shock of shock, people were asking to take pictures of IT (not me!) IT! And they were asking to reading my label - somewhat awkward but I did acquiesce.

It was a hit! I created a trend. I was the trend.

Why? Because I chose what spoke to ME!

I paired it with a simple tank...some skinny jeans...and open toe wedges (as seen in deluxe packing photo). Perfection...for me. And you know what?

I felt amazing too!

Don't fear being on trend. Find a piece you love. Embrace it. Own it. BE the trend!

What piece in your closet do you fear wearing? Or is there something you wanted to buy recently but you didn't know if it fit this seasons trends? Talk to me!

xoooxoxoxoxxo
lisa

the photos - save the 'not so great' 'clothes on the bed' photo - were taken with my iPhone by my exceptionally talented friend Amanda from EverydayElementsOnline.com

7 comments:

  1. Love this post, Lisa!!! I need to learn to step outside my comfort zone where fashion is concerned, and learn to embrace a new normal for me, one that is more stylish.

    I was so pleased and honored to be your iphone photographer! ;-)

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  2. I love the vest thingy and you totally rocked it. Gorgeous.

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  3. Lisa can you please look bad one day? :) You could make anything look amazing. I love the pulled out of Granny's cedar chest sweater. You are awesome! I like sweat pants and sweat shirts.

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  4. Lisa can you please look bad one day? :) You could make anything look amazing. I love the pulled out of Granny's cedar chest sweater. You are awesome! I like sweat pants and sweat shirts.

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  5. i love these funky things .. i love to wear funkyy rings n all. ... niceeee

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xo, lisa