How plaids can teach you be trend-proof.

Trends are the pulse of fashion: One season, it’s roomy Yeezies, the next, it’s shamelessly high heels. Silhouettes adore or completely ignore the female body and even hair cuts will obey the reign of change. 
With more and more designers emerging, and the internet making the world into one big reality show, today is the largest fashion ever got to be. In fact the larger it gets the smaller everyone feels in it. 

 

Yet on the individual level, how healthy is it to be in the midst of fast-changing trends as a woman and rely solely on our urges to convert our salary checks into outfits? Catching trends is no easy job. Should we all start renting clothes instead of buying them? What about French women? Will they ever do this? 

"Should we all start renting clothes instead of buying them? What about French women? Will they ever do this?"

It is important to have healthy a relationship with fashion but the first one must have a healthy relationship with herself before pleasing an Instagram crowd or the local fashion police. Yet how exactly to find this perfect balance? How to be just you and still not feel FOMO? To put it better: How to be fashionably you? 

We might have a couple or three things to learn from plaids. They have come a long way since their emergence in 3rd Century Scotland to the runways of practically every major fashion house's F/W collections in 2018. 

"It is a pattern that can be simultaneously subversive and mainstream-working both for Johnny Rotten and Queen of England." ― Vivek Sri

Vivek puts it best. “Plaid is a staple of any anti-establishment wardrobe. It is remarkable for anything in fashion to have longevity, but plaid is a special kind of enigma. It is a pattern that can be simultaneously subversive and mainstream-working both for Johnny Rotten and Queen of England. It is somehow loud and garish, yet sophisticated and understated. It is no wonder that 3000 years after it was discovered in a forgotten tomb, we’re still wearing it.”

So can the secret to plaid's dignified longevity be in its transmutative nature across trends? Fashion collections like any other creative project require a core concept to revolve around. Designers envision a message, a spirit, a woman and they fall in love with her to design most skilfull and genius clothes after her. Repetition of this ritual of designers creates the ties of trends, and it reaches all the way down to H&M racks like a ripple effect. In the meanwhile, a woman is much more complex than a character or a concept. She never feels like a coherent collection. She might be fierce in the morning and feel totally grunge after lunch and transform into a hopeless romantic by dinner time. 

A woman is like nature, cycles and has a bit of all thing in her core. Therefore when a woman discovers, conquers and owns her true nature, she can be free of trends bestowed upon her by the fashion industry because she no longer needs to find an identity or validation in them. 

"A woman is like nature, cycles and has a bit of all things in her core."

Exactly like plaids do. They have a nature to be easy-going yet seem confident. It takes much more effort to weave a plaid but once made it is one of the easiest fabrics to design with. It is neither purely masculine, not feminine. Simply, plaids embrace the diversity within and they reflect their true nature no matter what shape they are cut into. They do this with their confident and decisive colors and eternally alterable motifs all the while employing the simplest method of all: do not try to be anything else than a plaid but be every kind of plaid you can be and bring your plaidness 100% into whatever you join. 

The cut is: We shall keep enjoying trends as they come and go because after all it is made for our entertainment. No moment is sweeter than looking at your mother's photographs from the '70s or '80s and cherish how "the trend than" shaped their world as a woman. Yet next time you apply yourself into a look, think twice! Make sure you do not disappear inside and speak your own colors and motifs through "the look" regardless of what everyone else was wearing at the time.

A million and two present roses!

Your Monk.