2012 Predictions – Fashion – Kirsten Wright, Regalia

Following trends can be fun. However, it’s important to think about your shape and personal style

  • Jan. 4, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Kirsten Wright

Quality control

Outlet stores and mall shops definitely offer some great deals, but you cannot compete with quality. Shoppers are ever more conscious of making their dollar go a long way, and spending a little extra on something you know you will use a lot, like a pair of boots or a jacket, is worth it in the long run. Choose something classic, that can be repaired and maintained – it will last years instead of months.

Cover Up

Conservative cuts are in, which could be attributed to the styles from the past represented in shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. High necklines, long skirts and romantic hairstyles are prevalent, and designers are modernizing these ideas by using brighter colours and more luxurious materials. The goal is a sophisticated yet simple, polished look.

Textures & Patterns

There really aren’t any rules anymore, there are so many options in fashion and the seasons change so rapidly that really anything goes. One thing I have noticed is contrasting heavy textures like chunky wool knits or velvet with light, almost summery pieces in silk and sheer. The better quality the fabrics, the nicer the combinations look.

Second-Hand

I started selling gently-used clothing about two years ago alongside the locally made items at Regalia, and the response has been amazing.

“Second-hand” really isn’t a dirty word anymore. Considering you’re saving money and recycling, it’s pretty responsible to buy second-hand and vintage. Consignment shops are different from thrift stores. We do most of the work for you, choosing only the best second-hand pieces in excellent condition. Putting clothes on consignment is a great way to refresh your wardrobe, as well. There is no sense in hanging on to things you never use.

Common Sense

Following trends can be fun; designers are always coming up with new twists on old ideas that you can borrow and apply to your own wardrobe. However, it’s important to think about your shape and personal style, and make sure you’re buying things that fit you well, and make you look and feel comfortable, instead of just something that you know is popular. If you gravitate towards a certain era or garment shape, go with it! Don’t worry that it’s outside of the current trends – things go in and out of style so quickly, you might just be ahead of the curve. Who knows?

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