I’m a firm believer of not buying things that are in trend because the fact is that they’re just going to be replaced within weeks. And I’m a frugal person that refuses to spend a ton without seeing a return on investment.
Growing up in a typical Filipino family I was taught the importance of buying things you would need and use in the long run, looking ahead when analyzing the value of an item (especially a costly one). I’ve never been one to buy clothes that were in trend because for one thing I didn’t really pay attention to what everyone was wearing. As a kid, I was cozy and lazy always wearing jeans and a shirt with my favorite Havaianas slippers.
Yeah, fashion disaster but I was happy because I valued comfort and I hated spending money on things I would never wear. There are a lot of reasons trends are dangerous and here are my top 3 to name a few:
Buy this to fit in
This is always the mindset when trends arise, people fear missing out on what’s new and hot that’s why we are so prone to hopping on the trend bandwagon. If you’re surrounded by people who have the newest and fashionable clothes, gadgets, etc. then the pressure to conform is high.
Is it worth to buy a bag just for the sole reason that your favorite blogger or actress has one and has been blowing them up on Instagram? If you really want to for yourself then why not but if you’re only doing someone to imitate others then you should think again before handing your money.
Loss of individuality
Based on personal experience, when I was younger I would find myself buying stuff that I didn’t want nor need like a pair of boots because everyone had one. I distinctly remember wearing those boots once and my mom giving it away to someone who’ll actually use it. This vicious cycle repeated itself so much that I felt myself digging a wasteful grave. Not just financially but also because I felt like I was trading in my individuality for some tasteless fad that would be frowned upon when a new one showed up.
You can’t put a price tag on individuality and strength of character. And saying no to buying something just because it’s whats hot right now is a winner in my book. If you’re going to do something then do it for you and not for anything else.
Supporting fast fashion
The fashion industry is one of the largest in waste production all over the world, and it’s still growing at a considerable rate. Creating massive tons of clothes to cater to the demand of consumers who actively ponder big brands for the newest style trends and reveals. Fashion brands make money by feeding and creating trends that cause harmful environmental waste in the production of clothes that get replaced faster than the seasons can change.
If you want to know more about the dangers of fast fashion you can read about it here. Trends will always be present and it won’t stop but we can change our mindset about it and whether or not to patronize the next big thing or not.