Over lunch today, a friend of mine pointed out how she dislikes the recent tendency in compliments that point out how “trendy” a person is. In her opinion, compliments are supposed to be about something that you do genuinely, differently, and something that makes you stand out for being you. If I come to think of it, it’s true. By pure definition, “trendy” means that you are a follower to current trends. You’re up to date on your fashion literature, and successfully mimicked what someone decided was OK to wear. Everyone has personal style tendencies, and just because certain things may not be “in” right now doesn’t make them any less worthy of compliments. But in today’s age of information overload, infused with heavy blogger and celebrity venerating, have we diminished the power of our uniqueness?
I guess the mark for reclaiming your personal originality is dressing for yourself, and only for yourself. It’s looking in the mirror and feeling amazing, not giving a thought to whether people are going to like or dislike your outfit. Wear one weird thing that you love, make it yours. In the end, fashion is about fun and it’s never fun to take the safe route and cut and paste an outfit straight out of a magazine onto your body.
In a way, blogs like Man Repeller’s success is a testament to the fact that people are excited about originality. You may never be able to wear exactly what she wears, yet people love her unapologetic style. It empowers us to make a bolder choice next time we shop.
Let’s reclaim style. Let’s reclaim our independence. Let’s prove that instant acceptance isn’t the only thing our generation seeks. Wear what makes you feel great and don’t hesitate. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’d like to believe that these small conquests in our morning routine carry over— empowering us to reclaim our independence and originality fearlessly throughout the rest of the day.
Does “trendy” bother you? What do you think constitutes original style in an age of media overload? Where do we draw the line between inspiration and copy? Comment your thoughts below and let me know what you think!