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Trends are "In" for 2006

Hemlines are up/down for spring.  Flats/platforms/wedges are the new "it" shoe.  White/brown/griege is the new black. 

We dress to express, but at the same time we want to be au courant.  Nobody likes a copycat, but nobody likes an oddball either.  Pity the designer who is accused of being unoriginal; pity her even more if she shows color when the fashion gods have declared that neutrals are the way to go.  And thank heaven for the various glossy fashion bibles that keep us up to date on the latest rules.  Without collective change, there would be no fashion industry.

The only sure prediction for 2006 is that somehow, most of us will figure out how to dress like everyone else does.  Trends are "in."

As the superfabulous Manolo reminds us, "The fashion it is not the nuclear rocket brain surgery."  Still, there may be something to the whole cognitive science thing.  Some 30 years ago, animal behaviorist Richard Dawkins came up with the idea that bits of cultural information in our minds, or "memes," are like our genes -- they want to replicate.  If an idea is unappealing, nobody copies it and it dies; if it's a good one, it gets passed around.  So we all end up humming the same tunes, repeating the same buzzwords, and wearing the same fashions.  Or -- if you believe Dawkins -- the fashions wear us.

Of course, nobody likes to be colonized by a collection of self-replicating ideas.  As the brilliant Almost Girl -- a woman destined to be the preeminent fashion theorist of Gen Y -- reminded me yesterday, we should take our celebrity academic theorists with a grain of salt.  So, go ahead and wear whatever you like in 2006.  Then the trends will have to follow you.

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And thanks to Kathleen for sending me here.

"wear whatever you like in 2006. Then the trends will have to follow you."

Heh. They already have. Years ago, when I started breaking my toes in martial arts, I was the only woman in Philadelphia wearing flat boots in the summer with suits and dresses, because it's what I could get over my poor broken feet. I wore them with black tights, since that's what I wear. I got some mighty strange looks, but it was comfortable, and I've done it summer and winter ever since.

Imagine my surprise when I opened a magazine a couple of months ago declaring that black tights were "in," as were flat boots worn with just about everything.

And I'll be wearing them when the "trend" passes, too. :)

Brava!

The most stylish women -- and I don't necessarily mean those who pay stylists to borrow clothes to get them on the best dressed lists -- all seem to have a signature, unchanging detail or two. I suppose that's the difference between "style" and "fashion."

As for me, I'll stick with my short, natural white French manicure (hey, it matches everything!) and heels (I need those inches!), at least for now. After all, it's a woman's privilege to change her mind, and we need all the privileges we can get.

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