Trending: The Fashion Anarchist
By: Laura Dowdy
noun \ˈa-nər-kē, -ˌnär-\
a situation of confusion and wild behavior in which the people in a country, group, organization, etc., are not controlled by rules or laws
-Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Have you noticed that street style has dramatically shifted within the last year to women who are wearing more Converse and less nude pumps? Spring 2014 is bringing back Birkenstocks, New Balance, and SLIDES! Yes, the slide-on rubber sandals male athletes wear with crew socks!
I’ll go out on a philosophical limb and call this “fashion anarchy.” Since I grew up in Vera Bradley-ville, Virginia, I was used to women who looked like they just left lunch and a tennis lesson at the Country Club. Perfectly-polished was the standard and logos were the indicator of good style. After moving to New York, I learned that the people who actually set the tone in the fashion industry for the next season are those who live according to their own wardrobe rules. These women are bold. They are not afraid to wear a t-shirt, tulle skirt, and sneakers if that’s what they want to wear. (Pictured above is of SincerelyJules.com who is a leader in Fashion Anarchy) In fact, they thrive because they take risks. They throw off the rules of conformity and have fun with refining and improving their personal style. They look for opportunities to start new trends.
And perhaps most importantly, they always look to others for inspiration and not for confirmation.