You Don't Have to Wear What Vogue Tells You To

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"There is no need to wear something simply because it was seen in Vogue if you completely hate it."

Words by Henrietta Easton

A commonly held misconception when it comes to fashion trends and being seen as ‘fashionable’ is that...

a) you actually have to like every trend that comes around simply because it is in fact a ‘trend’

and

b) that you have to actually wear it.

Now I admit, sometimes I have been wrong about certain trends which I think I hate at first and then actually try it on and quite like it (I spent most of the spring complaining about how much I hate tiny sunglasses and yet here I am in August sporting a pair and feeling very proud of that), but a recent trend has come to my attention that, if I’m perfectly honest, I really really despise; cycling shorts.

Vogue recently produced an article entitled ‘Why Cycling Shorts Are This Summer’s Sleekest Hit’ but I just really cannot see where they are coming from. Is it a crime to disagree with a Vogue opinion? Probably, but I have to stick to my instincts otherwise where would I be? Fashion can be fleeting after all and wouldn’t it be better to wear other things that you know you like and that make you feel stylish, than to try and style something into your wardrobe even when your brain is saying no, no, no?  There are other trends after all and style is very personal.

Is it a crime to disagree with a Vogue opinion? Probably, but I have to stick to my instincts otherwise where would I be?

These cycling shorts, to me, look as though you have literally just been for a bicycle ride, put on a new shirt but forgotten to change your bottom half. Even worse, I know that on me they would look like I was trying to style out my primary school P.E shorts, not a good look for me I can assure you.

I want to make it clear that I really do not want to offend anyone. Personal taste is exactly what it says, personal. If you feel good in it then go for it and don’t worry about what anyone thinks; it’s about you not them. Equally, as I have tried to stress, there is no need to wear something simply because it was seen in Vogue if you completely hate it. In fact, it will probably be more obvious if you are wearing something you hate. Style is confidence and loving yourself, style isn't necessarily being ‘on trend.’

Now, I may, like what happened with the tiny sunglasses, be eating my words in a couple of weeks time and be wearing cycling shorts to everything for the rest of the summer, but that is besides the point. Whether I change my mind or not, the important thing to remember is that it’s ok not to wear something that everyone else is wearing. Don’t let one trend alter the way you dress. If the trend is going to work for you then it will fit easily into your style, and not the other way around. The cycling shorts bafflement continues in my head for the moment, but I know that I have a wardrobe full of clothes that look and make me feel great, and that is what style is really all about.