When you’re at school, unless you’re a really cool kid, it often doesn’t pay to be an early adopter of trends. I will never forget a particular non-uniform day at school when I was about 11. Now let me just say that when you wear a uniform to school, non-uniform day is like your day of reckoning, your chance to show the world what you’re really about and where you REALLY fit in to the social hierarchy.
I, being the try hard, trendy that I was, wore trousers that had a skirt built-in. Jollied by my mothers assurances that it was about to become ALL the rage, I trotted into school that day with a smile on my face, confident that this look was about to propel me to seriously new levels of cool (I say new, meaning I was most definitely not cool to start with). It took all of about 5 seconds on walking into the classroom for me to realise that I had made a grave mistake.
Well, my friends, that was my first lesson in trends. Unless, you’re already cool, trying to start your own trend, with the hope of it catching on, is simply not going to happen. You need someone cool (or in the case of the real world, a journo, a blogger, or someone with authority) to catch on to it and then you’ve got a chance at it taking off.
It took me a few years to recover from that experience, not just in terms of emotional damage (!!) but also to realise that actually, I didn’t care what other people thought. I spent most of my early teens dressing like everyone else, EXACTLY like everyone else. To my mothers despair. But it must have been a coming of age thing, because when I reached about 17 or 18, I actually stopped caring. Of course, looking back on it now, I think ‘what on Earth was I thinking’, but at the time, I was having fun. I was experimenting. I thought blue tights looked good- I’ll let you make your own mind up about that…
I can’t believe I’ve just shared that photo, but hey, I can but laugh at my youthful 19 year old self a) wearing blue tights and a weird purple bit of fabric tied around my middle and b) stopping mid walk on the way to a club to do a model shoot!
I used to like it when people in Leicester laughed at what I was wearing- phew I don’t look like them! It meant I had succeeded in looking different. The example above is perhaps a bad one, because looking back it does of course look ridiculous, but I enjoyed it, so what does it matter? Take that outlook for your home- if they don’t like it- great!
And do you know what? People respected me for it. Sure, not half-wit groups of youths, sitting about smoking on park benches and sniggering, they certainly didn’t. But people I cared about. Anyone whose opinion I respected, or for that matter, cared about respected me for having the courage to step out and be different. They didn’t always like what I wore, but they respected me for doing it anyway. None of them adopted my, we’ll call it ‘quirky’ style, but that’s exactly what I didn’t want to happen anyway. Had any of my friends started dressing like me, I’d have adopted a new look, pronto.
Now the point of this story (yes, I am getting to it) is that if you’re going to try and style your home hoping that everyone else is going to come in, love it and then do something similar, then you can forget about it. If you’re doing something different, then just embrace it and know that not everyone who walks in the door is going to like it. But that’s OKAY.
How boring would life be if everyone looked the same, wore the same thing and dressed their houses the same. Urgh! I couldn’t think of anything worse. So, if you feel confident enough to try something different, then fantastic, but try to remember my little story about the skirt and trouser combo. You’ve got to go into knowing that you might be on your own, but have the confidence in your own mind and creativity to stick with it anyway.
A Little Story About Trends by Hollie Brooks
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