Friday, March 22, 2013

Trends I Heart and Trends I Hate: Neon and Sustainable Fashion

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I’m probably not what you would call “trendy”. I tend to err on the side of classic, but this does not mean that I don’t love trends. After a great evening of walking around Salt Lake City’s marvelous City Creek Mall, I can’t restrain myself from talking about my favorite trends.

With no further delay here is Trends I Heart and Trends I Hate.

Trend I heart: Neon

When I was in the eighth grade, my language arts teacher told my class to write a letter to ourselves  five years later (that would be my nineteen year-old self). Needless to say, I was embarrassed about the things I actually liked back in 2004, however, I was taken by something I wrote. It went something like this:

“Dearest Kathleen,

You are probably reading this while wearing a loud shirt and spandex pants, and you probably think you are really cool…”

Oh my hell… I was doing just that...

Although my fourteen year-old self was imagining a Hawaiian shirt and waist high stretchy pants,  leggings and neon illustrations on black t-shirts were a big deal with my peer group when I was nineteen. Those bright colors have recently made a comeback with my age group, but have matured quite a bit since our “Leggings are totally pants, mom!” days.

In fact, neon has been on the rise for the past few months. You can see it everywhere at every price point (this might be the residual effect of my age group graduating college and getting jobs). You see bright pink blazers, orange bags made from a space-age rubber, and chartreuse everything—and I mean everything. This is a trend that does my color-loving heart good.

Here are some of my favorites:

I have a cousin who loves anything pink; the brighter, the better. My mom was about to buy this DSquared number for him until she saw that it was $1,170. It's still a fabulous jacket.
Furla's "Candy" satchel—$228 at Nordstrom.
Kate Spade is the queen of all things colorful! "Jeremy" Cardigan—$118.80 at Nordstrom.
(By the way, if you want a good laugh, check out the "Queen of Colors" on my friend Eli's blog).
Okay, just one more Kate Spade thing. "Licorice" patent heel—$298 at

Trend I hate: Sustainable fashion that looks sustainable

My freshman year in college, I took a boy I was dating (let’s call him Franz McSherbert) to Salt Lake’s infamous Fashion Stroll. This is a grassroots fashion show that happens (almost) every year since 2009, where local designers have a fashion show and a competition on a street in downtown Salt Lake. However, one of the best (and worst) parts of Fashion Stroll are the street vendors.

While we were walking down the street, holding hands in a goofy, star-crossed, love-struck way, I overheard a vendor telling someone that since the recession hit, people were tripping over themselves to get their hands on (super-expensive) organic clothing. (Might I add, the vendor was selling tie-dye everything).

“That’s a joke,” I sneered.

And that’s when the sweet natured and environmentally conscious Franz probably realized we were not meant for each other. We broke up a week later through a text message.

Now, I’m all for finding ways to use our resources in wiser and more responsible ways. I think we have that responsibility to our environment, and I support any organization that takes reasonable steps to help the environment. There is no rule, however, that says “All sustainable clothing must look like a hemp sack!” and “All sustainable clothing must be army green, always!”

This brings me to exhibit A:

While I was wandering around City Creek Mall, I saw that H&M had a brand-spanking-new H&M Conscious collection. I was not impressed.

While there are some cute things (that is the last time I will admit this), there were some pretty bad things. Here are the worst offenders:

I have never been a big fan of rompers to begin with, but this is really bad.
I'm not liking the print of this fabric. It looks busy and antiquated. The shape is something that would only look good on you if you were tall and slender. There is nothing wrong with being tall and slender, but as a designer, you've failed when your work only looks good on one body type.
Whoever is trying to make poorly fit, waist-high pants cool. Stop. It's not going to happen.
You could at least cut it out with the busy prints.

Disclaimer: I'm not saying that this is absolute gospel. These are just my opinions. If you disagree on any of this stuff, good on ya! I bet you could work these looks better than me anyways.

Peace out!

1 comment :

  1. Sadly, poor fitting, high waist / tapered pants are a thing now. I cringe when I see them. In addition this this nightmare, crop box shirts, fringe and horrible patterns are in abundance. I can't wait for this trend to go away!