Investing in worthy trends…

Now a days it is has to go a day without finding out about another trend that has hit the mainstream. This year it seems that the 90s style of clothing has well and truly made it’s way back into the fashion world. It can be easy to be sucked into each and other trend, especially as a blogger for wanting to keep current and up to date. As we know with the wider publicity on living more sustainable that adhering to these trends isn’t always the best thing for the environment. The term fast fashion has started to be thrown about a lot more and I think current trends are partly to blame for that. However, that is how and always will be how the fashion industry works…every season has a new trend etc.

In today’s blog post I wanted to chat about the few trends that I’ve found worth while investing in and as a result have not given into the idea of fast fashion. As a blogger myself I feel like we have even more of a responsibility now to educate and inform people that you can still be up to date with current trends but maybe just choose more wisely. It can hard at first to spot trends that you definitely know or are sure about investing in but I always now look at every purchase like I would a designer handbag before buying…would I use this everyday and will I still wear this a year down the line?

I’m going to go through a few trends that I have continued to use year on year and therefore found it worth while investing in those pieces when they first came into fashion. I’ve definitely noticed a switch in the way I shop now and I try to make a much more informed decision before buying something from Primark for £13 or something in the New Look sale just because it’s cheap. There’s also an increase in the way shops are producing garments and how they introduce new trends which is something that will only become bigger in my opinion.

Midi skirts

Well this won’t come as any surprise to most people that have visited my Instagram or blog before and I feel like I’d be doing a discredit to myself I didn’t mention them. When you own more than 10+ midi skirts in your wardrobe you’ve got to then think to yourself that you’ve not only invested in a trend but those midi skirts have become your way of life. Apart from the days I’m at work (even then you’ll still catch me in one) you’ll mostly likely be able to bet that I’ll be wearing a midi skirt and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing at all. I love how verstile midi skirts can be, they’ve become my staple piece to chuck on in the morning and not have to worry about what I’m wearing. They’re the piece in my wardrobe that not only flatters me which is bloody hard to do but also I feel comfortable in as they’re long enough for me as someone who quite tall.

To think when I purchased my first midi skirt that I was a bit skeptical about if I would wear it or not. They’re also a piece that I see now every year that comes into fashion and is a reoccurring trend. I’m so glad I ended up stocking up on a few I saw last year as they’ve lasted me through another year and they’re items in my wardrobe I couldn’t be without. If you’re wanting to know how to style midi skirts be sure to check my blog post I wrote a few weeks ago about them here.

My favourite places to buy midi skirts are; Primark, New Look and ASOS.

Wicker/Wooden Bags

This definitely applies more to the warmer months and the months that rain isn’t normally forecast…so holidays aboard in the sun. This is one trend for me that took me by surprise and I didn’t think would last which just goes to show it’s at times hard to tell what’s worth investing in. However, I have got quite the collection of wicker/wooden bags now and I just look adding that little bit of texture and interest to my outfits. I remember pondering on a circle wicker bag from Zara last year as it was the only one I’d seen in the shops that I actually liked…I ended up getting it and putting it away for this year. Turns out going with my gut worked out in my favour as investing in such a good quality bag has meant I didn’t need to buy one this year. I’ve also found shopping in sales for these sorts of bags is helpful as these things tend to be reduced quite quickly.

They’re the perfect sort of bag to chuck everything in for a day at the beach or picnic in the park.

My favourite places to buy these bags from are; Primark, Zara and eBay.

Canvas Trainers

I think it was last year there was this sudden influx of fashion blogger wearing vans and converse more with skirts and dresses. For me it’s the perfect way to dress down an outfit but also ensure your feet are comfy. I’ve been wearing black old skool vans for years now so much so that I’ve gone through 4 or 5 pairs already. I literally wear them to the death which is good because they aren’t the cheapest thing to keep on buying. Saying that, I obviously brought these trainers not thinking they would come into fashion as a trend. I’ve loved seeing how people how styled them with different outfits though and it’s enabled me to experiment a bit more with my style and how I wear them too. I’ve also ended up buying a pair of Superga too which for me are a little bit more dainty and easier to wear with more floral dresses as they’re also white as opposed to black.

My favourite brands/styles of canvas trainers are; Vans Old Skools, Converse Chuck Taylor Low Top and Superga 2750 Classic Low.

Slogan/Graphic Tees

Again this will come as no surprise to most people who follow me on Instagram or read my blog post I did a few weeks ago on how to style them here. This is something that has been around for years in the way of band merch and quotes from films/tv shows but the recent trend of having any quote under the sun and images on t-shirts has made it to accessible for people to have an abundance of a different tee for every mood/day of the week. Yes that does include me for sure…not being able to shut my drawer without forcing it… I’ve had quite a few band t-shirts for years that I’ve collected from gigs I’ve been to but I never was one for wearing them day to day until the trend came about and people were styling them with pretty skirts. For me I think investing in certain trends just requires you to think outside the book when it comes to how you style them. Most trends are pretty basic when you come to think about it, the only that’s different is how people choose to style them.

My favourite places to get slogan/graphic tees from are; Primark, New Look and HMV.

Jeans

Yeah I know it’s a pretty broad thing to include but every year a certain style of jeans seems to come into trend and this year it was definitely straight leg and wider leg jeans. Long gone are the days of squeezing yourself into a pair of skin tight skinny jeans and not being able to sit down with your belly rolling over the edge. I never thought I’d see the day that I converted over to anything but skinny jeans but I recently invested in a couple of pairs of straight leg jeans from F&F of Tesco and they’re the comfiest thing ever. My legs and tummy can breathe and I can ever wear them whilst going out for a meal. There’s still a place in my heart for skinny jeans but I’ve definitely seen a switch of how I wear my denim. I definitely feel like my choice of denim has matured the older I get and I think it’s safe to say my straight leg jeans are here to stay for the long haul.

My favourite places for straight leg jeans are; Tesco, Topshop and New Look.

Those were just a few main trends that I’ve actually ended up investing in and using year on year. As you can see they’re pieces that fit into my everyday life and things I do wear day in day out. I hope this blog post have proved somewhat insightful into trends and how you can increase the lifespan of trends we buy into.

What trends do you think you’ve invested in and have proved worth while?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and reading my latest blog post. Be sure to check back next week for a brand new post.

Until next time,

adoseofapril x

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22 thoughts on “Investing in worthy trends…”

    1. Aw thank you so much, what a lovely thing to comment! Means so much. Aha I used to be that girl then I found out I could fit everything I needed in a tiny bag haha x

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  1. I love the midi skirt trend but I only own one which is more like a maxi on me (I’m short!) and it just doesn’t look amazing on me to be honest, wish they suited me more!

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    1. I used to be a religious converse wearer until I made the switch to vans (still have a few pairs of converse though) but yeah I’m loving the superga, defo worth a try on c

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  2. Great post! I haven’t worn trainers or converse in years. I am so terrible, I know. I must buy some! I need to invest in some comfy shoes. I love the basket and wicker trends. It’s so cute, however I don’t think I’d purchase one myself x

    Lauren | By Lauren May

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    1. Aw thank you. Honestly they’re so comfy but the right amount of effort to wear with skirts and dresses. I get what you mean…they’re not the most practical thing but I’m happy I’ve found a use for them x

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