Every decade has their defining movements in fashion. Whether it’s the sharp, harsh edges and earth tones of the sixties or the geometric shapes and masculine silhouettes of the eighties, there are always clear cut styles that you could notice from miles away. However, as the years fly by in the current decade, I’m starting to believe that this may not be the case for us.
If you take a look at any current fashion publication, you’ll find the pages littered with styles we have all borne witness to before. Sure, trends and styles always resurface after years of obscurity, but not to the point we are currently experiencing. And maybe I’m being hyper critical of this because this is the first decade that I have actually been conscious to fashion trends. I’m just very concerned for the future of our industry.
At this point in the game, I think we’re due for a shakeup. The fast fashion industry now, more than ever, has made it difficult for trends to make a name for themselves. Could that be the culprit behind this lack of decade defining styles? Are stores like Forever 21 and Zara the reason why we cannot keep a concrete look or style in the hands of the consumer?
Maybe it isn’t the fault of fast fashion retailers. Could it be that the rise of the thrifting movement is actually the silent killer? While I’m not so sure this is the case, I can see from the outside looking in why one would think so. You have clothing passed from generation to generation, continuing the life cycle of a once trendy piece. True to a certain extent, I know a lot of people who upcycle or turn a thrift store garment into something new and/or interesting. Heck, if you look through my blogs archive, you will see that I have done the same.
Here’s to hoping that some day soon, a designer comes along and brings a fashion revolution with them. I want to feel excited about the mainstream fashion market again. I want to see a collection drop that absolutely takes my breath away. Fashion needs saving and I hope our superhero comes soon.
So, how do you feel about the fashion of this decade? Do you agree with my points? Or did I completely miss the mark on this one? Let me know in the comments below!