STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURB IN FASHION
STAND FIRST: Fashion is an ever-revolving wheel of innovation and adaption. Because of this, it can be overwhelming to keep up with current trends. It can be hard to enough to keep your own wardrobe new and exciting when everything 'cool' has an unrealistic price tag. We have rounded up some tips to help you stay ahead of the curve in the current fashion landscape.
This one is a bit broad but stick with us. No matter what your personal style is; streetwear, techwear, formalwear etc. Vintage will have something for you. Whether you decide to shop online or in person, there are steals to find round every corner. For menswear, places like Grailed and Depop are a great place to start. It can be an old band tee, colourful 90s Avirex leather jacket or some retro Evisu jeans from 2003, Grailed and Depop are bound to have you covered. Also, Instagram has recently launched their in-app buying system so businesses big and small can show their stuff.
Also, a big draw to vintage and thrifting is sustainability. The fashion industry is a massive contributor to global warming. Vintage not only helps your wardrobe remain sustainable, but you can breathe new life into old clothing by giving them a modern twist. A lot of vintage sportswear and hip-hop brands like FUBU, Polo Sport and 90s Nike is often emulated by fast fashion juggernauts like Topshop. So why not stand apart from the crowd and give old clothes a new life?
Figuring out what works for you
This is a big one. Like we said earlier, finding your own personal style takes some trial and error. Are you more of a minimalist, monochromatic Rick Owens fan, or do you live for a dad shoe-esque baggy style of outerwear? Regardless of what you like, its all dependant on body type, interest and personal preference. Just because a particular look is trending, it does not necessarily mean it is right for you. Go outside your comfort zone. Try something new. You might just find yourself ahead of the curve.
A good gage for exploring different styles are at our fingertips. For example, the Instagram explore page, Pinterest and YouTube are rife with inspiration. Pages like; @samutaro @originalshift @hidden.ny and @liljupiterr @liukangscloset and @strappedarchives will give you everything from written breakdowns, opportunities to buy rare sneakers or show you iconic photos of your favourite public figures. A lot of the pages listed are well-established in the sneaker and streetwear world. If that's not what you're into many, many more pages are out there that align with you interests.
Stay up to date with new releases
One way to stay one ahead in the fashion world is to make sure you know what is going on around you. Whether you read blogs, magazines or have apps that tell you when the latest Air Jordan drop is, knowing what is current can, in turn, keep you ahead of trends. A healthy mix of new and vintage in your wardrobe is always a sure-fire hit, so do not be afraid to mix and match old garments with current ones. If a new Dior bucket hat could you back a months rent, do not stress. Platforms like Vestiaire Collective will have you covered for half the retail price.
Major cities like London, Tokyo and Los Angeles have a wide variety of second hand or reclaimed goods. From browsing in seemingly random stores, you can surprisingly find a great look for a low cost. It is not just second hand either, checking out local or upcoming fashion brands that are not as established is also a welcome change. Whether its designers like Marino Moorwood or Warren Lotas, there's a lot to love outside of the mainstream box. You should feel great rocking that tee that is one of 150 made by an up and coming artist. The flex is not always tied to the price.
Staying up to date on a micro or macro scale for style is an excellent way to dress progressively. For example, artificially ageing sneakers is a big trend right now. A lot of people take a Jordan 1 high or Jordan 4 and artificially add yellowing or cream laces to make the shoe look years older than it actually is. Whether you like it or not, you can be the decider of whether to adopt or discard these trends.
Earrings. Sidebags. Rings. Chains. You name it. Accessories are always a way to make a fit stand out from the crowd. Even in a pair of relaxed Levi jeans and a white tee, a Cuban Link chain, watch and an assortment of rings can make your outfit pop. The beauty with accessories is that they do not have to break the bank. Local charity shops, eBay or even discount jewellers have hidden gems perfect for your wardrobe.
Accessories can vary depending on your fit. It could be some Chanel cufflinks, Louis Vuitton belt or Nike chain necklace. Mix, match and find what is right for you.
CONCLUSION: In the end, we hope you have found some inspiration from our style suggestions. Drop us a comment and let us know what you think.
By Niall Smith