Fashion Personalities Part II

by Erika Decaster
Fashion School Review Columnist

June 29, 2005

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Are you a pearls and pumps kind of a person, or are you a fan of faux fur and leather? Your fashion personality determines what you buy, what you wear, and what you will eventually design.

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We've already covered classic and romantic fashion personalities in Part I of our series, and today we take a look at trendy fashion personalities. Now, you must remember that you may be drawn to a mix of fashion personalities. You may be drawn to both classic style and trendy accents. Don't worry if you find yourself with a split fashion personality, that's what makes you unique.

Fashion Victims or Fashion Forward?

If fashion is your life, and you know who you are, then you fall into the trendy fashion personality. If you find yourself with butterflies in your stomach over the latest spread in Vogue, or watching celebrity style shows with religious devotion, then you, my friend, are trendy. Trendy fashion personalities are constantly updating their wardrobes to accommodate the newest styles. Trendy fashion personalities are often drawn to the fashion industry.

Fashion Design and Trends

As a potential fashion design student, you will have to be familiar with trends. What are trends, anyway? And who decides them? Well, that is where the business side of fashion comes in. People are actually paid to spot and create trends. They are essentially responsible for watching how people dress and deciding what will be the next big thing. Trend specialists then advise advertisers, designers, and stores about what to do next.

Making and Breaking Trends

Fashion designers find that a lot of their job involves watching the competition and improving upon classic designs. For example, every single season, you will see some variation of the trench coat on the runways. The same can be said for the little black dress and other iconic pieces. As you embark upon your career in fashion, it's important to know what you're drawn to, and then you can improve upon those things as you gain more knowledge and experience.

About the Author
Erika Edwards Decaster is a self-proclaimed fashion devotee. She has most recently worked as an internship coordinator for Brigham Young University. Her previous experience includes publishing, curriculum development, museum administration and as a teache

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