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I am a self-confessed trend follower. I like to go to the “cool” bars and sip on the latest fancy cocktails. I have to see the must-watch series now available on Netflix. I’ve even got patchy eyebrows from the 90s when everyone went pluck crazy.
Yup anything popular and I get immediately on that bandwagon and when it comes to following the trends of fashion I’m no different. I can spend hours poring over every single page of a glossy magazine, folding down so many corners of pages with items I love that it would be easier to fold the ones I don’t like. Every season I’m eager to see what the next trend will be and how the high street will bring out their own versions for us poor sods who can’t quite justify a months rent on a designer bag.
Believe me, if there was a style that was deemed particularly in vogue, I’ve worn it.
Mustard yellow puffer jacket? Tick
Slightly oversized watch? I’m wearing it right now!
Sheer panelled leggings? I own three.
Faux fur pom pom hats? The ones with 2 that make you look like Minnie Mouse.
Jelly shoes? Yup. When they came back into fashion? silver sparkly ones obviously.
Rose gold… well everything.
The list is endless and there have been times, especially when I find myself 35 pages deep into the ASOS website trying to find those perfect blogger shoes that I wonder why do I feel this need to follow fashion?
Do I think it will make me look automatically trendy?
Is it because I want to fit in?
No. I buy and wear these clothes because I like them!
I like the Autumn colours of reds and berries with a hint of mustard. I love that bit of bling a large watch adds to my look. I enjoy the touch of velvets, lace and satin. It doesn’t matter to me that I could step out my front door right now and risk being seen next to ten other people wearing exactly the same outfit. I like it.
Don’t get me wrong, I think you should always be your own person and not just wear something because everyone else says you should. I love to add my own twists to outfits with a unique necklace or other one-off pieces of jewellery from an independent shop. I also have a collection of scarves even Hermes would find impressive, as I enjoy adding a splash of colour or an exciting pattern to elevate my look.
So the trend follower that I am, for this Autumn I have of course donned the coat of the moment. A Teddy coat. This Morena Art of Fashion one from TK Maxx is a gorgeous rust brown that not only ticks that fashion box but is perfect for this time of year as it is extremely cosy. I paired it with this cinnamon polo neck jumper from Primark that was a bargain at only £6 and broke that supposedly cardinal sin of combining brown and black with these structured trousers from Paisie. Shove that style rules. I don’t always have to do what you say!