I don’t know about you, but whenever I see new trendy pieces hitting the runways, fashion blogs, and instagrams I always go through the same cycle: (1) what is that, is that the new thing? (2) yes, apparently it is, could I pull that off? (3) maybe? I don’t know if I’m willing to shell out the money and effort to try it though… Then I usually end up going for it and find myself so happy that I gave it a try. So today’s post is all about how to try out those new trends in a less scary way.
Tip 1: Figure out what is holding you back
A lot of times with new trends there is some reservation involved in trying them out and before we can get on to the fun part, we have to first figure out what is holding us back and address it. The main things that I have felt, seen, and heard fall into a couple of categories: “I can’t pull that off”, “I don’t want to spend the money”, “by the time I get on board it’ll be out of style”, “I’m not sure how to wear it”, or “what will people think?”. I will address each of those separately below, but first figure out which category or categories that you fall into and take a moment to sit with them and note that they are just thoughts and that you have the power and control to change them.
Tip 2: Dressing rooms are your friend
When you are unsure if you can pull off a new trend, or how you might go about doing it dressing rooms are your friend! You can play around with the new trend in many different ways without having to commit to them. Take advantage of this by picking up a couple different versions of the new trendy item and heading to the dressing room with a bunch of different combination options and see what works and what doesn’t, play around, take some photos and if you need to give it a few days to sink in before trying out a few other ideas or taking the plunge. The one caveat to this is if your trendy item is an accessory like a choker necklace, because most places won’t let you take these into the dressing room, but you can still play around with them in store without needing to commit and buy.
Tip 3: Don’t overlook Forever 21
Awhile back I decided it was time to be an adult and stop shopping at stores like Forever 21, quality over quantity became my new motto, but this is one time that I live for it. Forever 21 and stores like it are great ways to try out new trends on the cheap before you are ready to commit to the more expensive option. When maxi dresses first became a thing I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to pull them off, instead of shying away I hit up Forever 21 and grabbed one for a great price and once I was convinced I then went out and bought higher quality options to complete my closet.
Tip 4: Start small
Sometimes it can be hard to decide on just one piece to start trying out a new trend because every look you see featuring it has a slightly different variation. There is nothing more discouraging though then going all out shopping a new trend that doesn’t work out for you, it can even make you second guess trying the next trend and that isn’t something we want. Because of that I recommend starting small with a simple staple version of the new trendy item and once it has found a way into your heart and wardrobe then start branching out.
Tip 5: Stick with your classics
When you are nervous about trying out a new trend and confused on how to incorporate it I recommend going back to your classic personal uniform and adding the trend in to that. For example to try out a choker necklace for the first time I pulled out all my favorite pieces, keeping it simple with a basic outfit of some skinny jeans and a plain tank top, letting the new trendy choker take the spotlight.
Tip 6: Confidence is everything
I’m going to let you in on a little secret that took me entirely too long to learn, and to be completely honest I’m still working on learning (fake it till you make it, right?), the number one thing that takes an outfit from alright to amazing is: confidence! I know, I know, I’m serious though, think about the last time you saw someone and you thought to yourself, “she really pulled that off” and think about why you felt that way, it was probably the way she was carrying herself.
Those are my tips and tricks to try out new trends, what did I miss, what other tips and tricks do you have for people to make trying out the new trends more approachable?