Truly Stylish or Simply Trendy

“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
- Anna Wintour

You wear the latest clothes and have a wardrobe filled with fashion pieces that most people can only dream about.  You are complimented on how up-to-date you are on all things fashion and, dressing up is what you believe you know best.  But have you ever wondered if you are truly stylish or simply trending?

Gone are the days when some degree of personality could be deduced from a person’s style.  We are in an era where anything goes  and style is wrongly adjudged by the ability to blend in with the current “trend”.

Style is uncomplicated, timeless and not dependent on trends.  True style should be equivalent to culture i.e. a way of life and solely depend on you. Your style should embody all you believe in and all that defines you.

The truth is,  there is no ‘must-follow’ trend.  Have you ever“why is everything recycled?”  Why do all the 1920’s, 1960’s and the likes come back?  Did you know the empire-waist cut is as old as 1800?  Surprised?  Don’t be.  A trend is only a word embodying just what it means; “in vogue, the latest, at the moment” and nothing more.  So, what happens when all the clothes in your wardrobe are not trendy, in vogue, the latest or at the moment?  You revamp your entire wardrobe because you can afford it?  Indeed!  So how do you determine if you’re truly stylish or simply trendy?

Stylish or Trending:

Ask Yourself Stylish Trending
Wearing a garment because it is popular? NO YES
Fashion choices based on personal acceptance and understanding? YES NO
Wardrobe based on personal needs and preferences? YES NO
Some measure of your personality can be deduced you’re your fashion choices? YES NO
Comfort and fit are considered when choosing clothing? YES NO
Majority of wardrobe items dictated by fashion magazines, media, and the likes? NO YES
Clothing in existing wardrobe can still be worn a decade from now if properly kept? YES NO

While trendy could be really appealing, the secret is knowing how to make it work, not just for you but for that style which defines you. Like everything in life,  your style and fashion choices should not be an imitation of someone else’s style, tastes, or imagination.  If you wear a fashion piece because it is in trend and others are doing likewise, then it simple implies you have no in-depth knowledge of yourself.

There are really no strict rules to building your own style other than making it your own and an expression of you inside out.  Your style should start from an understanding of who you are and accepting it without prejudice.  Where someone else’s style inspires you, rather than totally imitating their style as a whole, view it only as a foundation on which you build your own personal style that will work for your style needs and your lifestyle.

Until you realize that what all the brands in fashion want to do is to sell, sell and sell more, you will keep being a victim of trends with no true style that defines you.

Photo credit: womensbeautylife.com
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Agofure Eguono is an Economist who lives by the motto “live and let live”. She is also a trained Image and Style Consultant, eclectic by nature and believes the world can only be a better place when everyone becomes a staunch disciple of love.

25 Comments on Truly Stylish or Simply Trendy
  • nems December 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Cool article, I see being trendy as being a CLONE, we all are very different and it impossible for most trends to fit everyone’s personality but some try hards won’t let it go. The key to being truly stylish is a REFINED personal style!

    http://www.anemistyle.blogspot.com

  • fashionandstylepolice December 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Lovely article. Cool tips.

  • Ibinabo December 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    this is a must-read and practice for we ladies.. nice one Eguono Agofure

  • Cee December 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    An endearing ariticle written by a person who understands how to seperate clothing stylishly from clothing trendishly. Refreshing! Salut’

  • Cee December 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    *article*

  • Cee December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    *separate*

  • MsChiefe December 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I’m in agreement to the fullest possible way I could ever be! Poeple these days just march to the beat of what the E! channel or what people in media (who also happen to be trend zombies marketing designer lines) rave are must haves! It’s incredible the road someone would take just to be seen as “on point”.
    Wonderful article. LOVED IT!!!
    MsChiefë

  • pynk December 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    trendy is expensive. Style is consistent – I choose to keep my money close to me, so stylish is my cup of tea.

  • ogags December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Nicely written. thumbs up

  • Lafunky December 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I’m so not trendy, I’m more into my own personal style. I try to be trendy when I’m attending events that require me to be trendy.i.e wearing colour blocking oleku. Lafunky.blogspot.co.uk

  • huh? December 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Well well,you can wore stylist and trending cloth at thesame time….so which celeb is really stylist?

  • she December 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    @ huh? seriously??? is that English you put together in your sentence or??? Mehn peeps need to go back to nursery school and start over again! Grammer i hail!!

  • Beenie December 12, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Thanks o,abeg tell them,everybody dey wear what is in vogue whether it fits or not.@huh…na typo error abi?

  • faith December 12, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I try to follow trend in a stylish way….lol

    • diamond December 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

      10 likes. That’s the truth. No matter how stylish one is, we still follow trends somehow, though not fully.

  • obah December 12, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’m so stylish,I have never liked trendy things

  • Edith December 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

    very good article, and most people are always hoping and buying more clothes to fill their wardrobe, i personally wear clothes or 10 years.

  • janeth December 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I LOVE THIS NEED TO CREATE MY OWN STYLE WHO WILL ASSIST?

    • Agofure Eguono December 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Send a mail to info@studiochic-ng.com and you will get any style assistance you need…:-)

      • felicitibelle December 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        Can I share some of these tips please, thanks.

  • Scarlet Xianne December 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I’ve never been one to follow trends. Not everything that’s trending suits my body structure, or personality.
    scarletxianne.blogspot.com

  • felicitibelle December 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I absolutely love this article, good write up.

  • Khafeel December 16, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Nice one. I particularly like the questionaire part. I believe People should not just stock up clothes because they are envogue… We should as well look for what fits us best.

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