Fashion is a highly unpredictable field that is constantly changing. Unless you are one of the few insiders with knowledge of upcoming trends, you can only speculate where fashion might end up down the road. It’s that very level of unpredictability that makes fashion exciting to me. You can try to guess and take shots in the dark, which could lead to the title of being an early adopter, or completely miss and be “stuck” with some really cool garments that may become trendy within the next few years. And If I’m being completely honest, I would totally be okay with either.
I’m constantly speculating and trying to figure out what’s going to be hot for the next season. If you were to look at the browser on my Mac or my iPhone, you’d find that a plethora of fashion forecasting websites litter my history and bookmarks. No matter how much I say I don’t follow every fad, it’s important for me to keep myself up to date on relevant trends, so I know where fashion is heading and what things to possibly avoid. I’m just being a conscientious fashion blogger.
This week, I tried to gather my thoughts and compile a list of what I think might be hot and/or what direction I think fashion is headed in the next twenty years. Like I’ve stated, I’m no inside expert with the mystic ability of being able to accurately determine what everyone will be wearing, or what textile the fashion houses will be utilizing; I’m just a fashion blogger with a brain. So grab a snack, sit back, and fully take in what I hope is going to be popular in the year 2037.
In a perfect world, I would love to see every designer and fashion house using eco-friendly textiles. I think we have done enough damage to the earth by now to last a lifetime. The further down the rabbit hole of for-profit destruction we go, the more likely we are to never be able to recover from our mistakes. But change starts with the market, so if we want to see any kind of difference in our consumption of fashion, we need to make sure every manufacturer knows where we stand. Mainstream fashion, we’re waiting!
This next one might be a stretch but bear with me folks, because I promise most of you will like this idea. These days our society is heavily reliant on technology, which is increasingly present in almost every aspect of our lives. It would only make sense for us to add tech to our clothing and textiles. Think of all the cool things we could do if we infused our garments with wires and gadgets. You could make a shirt that adapts its color to your mood, making for the ultimate versatile garment and a staple in every wardrobe; or, you could make a shirt that expands to become a dress and also retracts back again. We definitely have the technology to make this a possibility, but lord only knows how long it will take to actually make this a reality. It sounds wild, but a girl can dream, can’t she?
Taking things in a more realistic direction, I would love to see brands valuing quality over quantity again. With our current need for trendy pieces at cheap prices, it makes selling quality garments nearly impossible. If you don’t believe me, take a survey with your friends and find out how many of them have bought more than one item off of the website Wish. More than likely you’re going to find that at least 80% of those friends will say that they have. I want to take things back to a time when you were likely to find a garment with rich, vibrant colors that wouldn’t fall apart after two washes on the proper settings. Put your foot down folks, because we won’t see a change until we start the demand for one.
My last wish is that I want the theatrics and storytelling aspect brought back to fashion. It seems these days like so many companies are just throwing clothing together and seeing what sticks. I want to visit some company’s website and see a complete, cohesive collection that gives me an emotional response and makes me want to spend my money on their garments. Dear designers, please take a trip around your local city/town and find something that inspires you. Take that idea and run all the way to the bank with it. I want fashion to mean something again!
So, what direction do you hope fashion will head in twenty years? Do you agree or disagree with me on some of these points? Let me know in the comment section below!