Sometimes I feel I may have just seen enough of the current women’s fashion. I see dresses, laces and cotton candy pink everywhere – and all these girls spruced up oh so cutely on Instagram. A glance at the runways promises more of the same for next season: laces and prints, all in white and innocent pink. Pretty much only the bib is missing. One more thing: when did this trend start? When did it become normal that designers send out little girls on the runway that are actually dressed like little girls as well? Is that what’s expected of us women? Are we supposed to be more like little girls? Or why does so much fashion look like pre-war underwear right now?
All that really goes to show that, at least right now, it’s the street that dictates fashion, not the other way around. It’s not that I’m against laces and such things, on the contrary! I love a playful note, used subtly to break with a ‘harder’ style element – it’s what I do with today’s look. Having said that, it really gets on my nerves how everything seems to revolve around being sweeter than sweet at the moment. I’m not a little girl anymore, and I don’t want to look like one. Sure, to each her own, as they say, but I for my part prefer to present myself as a grown up woman instead of a cute little doll. It’s a little perverted, isn’t it? I’m really asking myself what’s more important for designers – to design clothes for their target groups or for Instagram and blogs?
“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” Oscar de la Renta[parallax-scroll id=”40507″]
Well, I do see one advantage in these developments: they pose a challenge for me. I discover more and more fashion elements that help me to break with all the sweetness that inundates us at the moment, and that’s not a bad thing for my personal style development at all. For example, most recently I’ve been really getting into dandy looks, the male counterpart to sweet female fashion. It’s all sort of the same style decade, which makes it easy to swap roles and to reinterpret some elements. Before the emancipation of women, men showed the way, so I see it as a neat little twist that I’m breaking new territory with some male garments here.