I seem to have been on a money saving mission during the last week because I’m writing yet another post about saving money. For those of you who are partial to splashing the cash, this post may not be for you. But for the frugal amongst you, keep reading because you’re in for a treat. I came up with the idea for this post when I was compiling my trend bible for the spring summer 2012 trends. Each season, I spend some time putting together a sort of mood board to highlight the new trends to my clients. While I’m putting them together I’m obviously studying the trends, but I also tend to start noticing ‘trends’ within the trends so to speak. We know that fashion is cyclical so what was hot once upon a time will come round and be trendy again. That’s why you often hear your parents saying things like “I remember those the first time round” but if you pay close attention you will notice something slightly different.
Wait…Wasn’t That Last Year?
Either it is the fashion designers being lazy or it’s always been this way, but if you look back to previous seasons they’ll give you a clue as to what trends are going to be hot for the coming season. By looking back you can start to predict the trends that are coming up, so there is no need to buy the trend guides published by the magazines, unless you want to of course.
Let me make it a little bit clearer, take the up and coming spring summer season. I know I haven’t done a trend guide yet (sorry it’s coming soon) but some of the trends that are big are pastels, whites, decorative, tribal, prints, amongst others. Now, I haven’t picked just any trends from ss12, no, I’ve picked those ones deliberately. Take a look at my spring summer 2011 trend guide and you’ll see some of the following making an appearance; minimalism (whites), prints, modern romance (decorative), and nudes which ranged from pinky nudes to beige nudes which wouldn’t be far from something you’d see in the Tribal trend this year. In fact my first ever post was in 2010 talking about how to wear pastels, which were on trend for spring summer that year. If you don’t believe me check out the pictures.
So…. what I’m saying is if you keep an eye on the trends and follow them, you too will start to see some trends that always come around each season. A great example is the nautical theme, it will always be on trend for summer. Make a note of these trends when you are making a purchase for the new season and buy into a trend that will not only be hot this summer but probably for the next five after that. There will always be trends that aren’t repeated, I’m pretty sure the underwater trend will be a one hit wonder. So when you’re facing that dilemma this season between the dress with the seahorses on or the zebra print pay attention to the trends that have gone before it, that should help you make your decision.
If you’ve already cottoned onto this then you can relax knowing your spring summer wardrobe will be on trend and you won’t have had to spend any money on it at all. If you’ve not… jump aboard, it doesn’t take much work, in fact, if you follow the trends each season anyway you’re already doing the hard work. You just need to start reconsidering what you buy into for the season. If you want check out what previous seasons have had to offer, you can always find my trend guides here.
Sound like a good idea? Maybe you’re already doing it, let me know what you think by commenting below.