Fashion is a unique form of self-expression, in a given time and venue and at a given context, of attire, footwear, fashion, makeup, hairstyles, body posture, and accessories. In its broader usage, the word also means a style defined by the fashion industry that as what is fashionable at that point of time. This then begs the question, what actually constitutes as fashion? More specifically, the questions, what is the fashion nowadays, what are the current trends in fashion and where do we stand in regard to fashion?
Fashion is definitely not limited to what is on the runways. It is as much an attitude and a mindset as it is for clothing or any other fashion medium. So, what about the times when fashion is referred to as “in fashion”? We have some important questions to ask here: What is it that defines a trend?
A trend is said to be in fashion when what we wear appears to be what others are wearing. It is a kind of uniformity. Usually people judge a trend by how similar it looks to what they previously wore. Of course, everyone has their own individual taste and the similarities are more than few between various styles, brands and fashions.
However, when we talk about fashion trends, it is easy to draw a line between what is in fashion today and what was in fashion yesterday. Trends are those things which seem to be happening continuously from season to season. But if you look closely, these trends are said to be merely evolving. When it comes to the fashion business, trends are also referred to as the building blocks of fashion design. For instance, shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry, etc., these all come under fashion trends and they are all used in different ways.
Another way of looking at it is that the fashion trends are like the main ingredients of a recipe. With a recipe, you can form a complete meal or at least the main ingredients of the meal are available. With fashion, depending on what the current trend is, certain elements are added and other elements are subtracted.
Nowadays, if you want to be in the limelight, you have to keep up with the current fashion trends. But this doesn’t mean you have to follow only what is in. Be creative, try something new and be different, that’s the essence of fashion.