Just like fairies, I don’t believe in fashion faux pas. Probably because I commit many of them, but mostly because fashion should be whatever the hell you want it to be. Everything else we do with our bodies is guarded against criticism under the idea that is a personal choice and I truly believe clothes should be included in this nonprejudicial category. So often, we as women judge other women based on the fabric layered atop their skin. This is why I avoid trends in the same way I avoid drunk men, they are loud, assertive and obnoxiously opinionated. Telling someone how to dress is like telling someone which books to read or where to go on vacation. The entire premises makes me uncomfortable, fidgety… I practically burst into flames when I hear ‘on trend’ roll off someone’s tongue. Bloggers are especially enthusiastic about this phrase, it is ubiquitous, covering websites all over like some sort of garish wallpaper. I can’t stand it.
Oh girls, I roll my eyes into a headache every time these two words appear together somewhere. I want you to know you can wear whatever the hell you want. If you enjoy your clothes, that is all that matters. I do it everyday. I’d say these velvet leggings are fairly exemplary of my trend indifference. In recent years they have been pronounced an unsuitable replacement for trousers. Obviously I couldn’t give a hoot, I am too busy looking at the photo on my wall of Edie Sedgwick looking absolutely darling in nothing but a cropped mohair sweater and leggings as trousers. Funnily enough even back then in the 60s, her style was considered radical, not at all typical and certainly not within the bossy perimeters of ‘trendy’. As she hung out at Warhol’s Factory all day, I am almost certain she wasn’t concerned with what everyone else was wearing in Manhattan. So as always, like everyday, I’m yelling, go away fashion police in leggings as trousers but also, a blouse I wore back to front. Personal expression has no rules. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, FASHION IS A LAWLESS ART. Let’s replace ‘on trend’ with ‘trend less’ , oh how liberating would that be?