I know a lot of people who pride themselves on being trendy and I also know a lot who pride themselves on being the very opposite. So which is better to be? It would seem that if you are a fashionista, fashionister, involved with fashion in any way or in any type of job that requires you to be tapped in to what the masses like, being trendy is essential. However, if one is a hipster (*keeps comments to self*), an average Joe or Jane or just someone who “keeps it real”, one would do well to avoid being trendy like the plague and to make it known to the world that one is anti-trendy.
I have never been one to say I am trendy. Not because I think I am above it (though that has, on occasion, been my reason to myself and to others) but more because I could not afford to be trendy. I do not come from a well-to-do family nor was I in tune with what was hip. I only recall a couple occasions when I felt a bit out of place because of the clothes I wore or the gadgets I did not have. At the time, I did not realize but this was usually because my body was small so my clothes didn’t quite fit the way other girls’ clothes fit so even if I had the latest dresses (note: I disliked dresses a great deal as a child) I still would not feel like I fit the mold that the rest of my peers did. As for the gadgets, my feeling left out was normal and dealing with it in a positive manner from a young age would prepare me for situations in the future where this feeling would no doubt prevail. I had the advantage of not really caring so much about what others had. It was cemented in my head by my mother that I was not to be envious of others. You never know how someone comes by their possessions so don’t covet. More than that, if you are to have something, you will have it. I would come to realize that whenever I forgot these words of wisdom, I would fall prey to a trap of misery.
But back to the question at hand- what’s wrong with being trendy? My response is: nothing really. As long as you are living within your means, if it is your desire to be in the latest gear and to have the newest electronics, then by all means, do that. I support you. I would only give you a side eye if you are putting and/or keeping yourself in debt in a effort to keep up with the Joneses. There are those who call others out for always wanting to be up-to-date and being “sheep” but to them I say, unless you are living an entirely primitive lifestyle, you are no better in truth. So you may not love brands but the fact that you wear clothes shows that you are doing something that is done by the masses. The illegality and impracticality of being nude aside, if your lifestyle were to be investigated, we would find areas where you too are just as much of a sheep as those you critique.
There are those who are so against being trendy that they do not buy or wear things while they are in season and they have the worst opinions of those who are not like them. Trendy people get insulted for being slaves to capitalism, so much so that they will buy something that is unattractive or not worthwhile simply because it is the flavor of the month. I need to firstly state that most of us are slaves to capitalism whether we want to be or not. Next, I want to ask- have you ever stopped to think that maybe something is unattractive to you but attractive to them because of excellent marketing? Not everyone is skeptical so many will fall for well-packaged products. I will admit that there are some products that did absolutely nothing for me when I first saw them but due to constant exposure, they grow on me. It’s like acquired visual taste. And what is so wrong with that? I’ll tell you what? Absolutely nothing.
But now I want to hear from you- are you trendy or are you off-trend and why?
Until next post!
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