Guest Column: In Defense of Trendiness

Fashion takes on a new role in the emerging digital sphere.


I recently read an article titled “Why Girls Should Stop Wearing High Waisted Shorts” and it made me stop for a moment, puzzled. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t an immediate fan of the trend either for fear of the inevitable chafing/under-butt/camel-toe that plagues every bootylicious female, but I came around and have grown exceedingly fond of the lace-trimmed, Free People pair I bought last summer. I would even go so far as to call them a summer necessity. A best friend. A snug hug for the junk in my trunk. You get what I’m saying.

Apparently though, not everyone is a fan, including the author of the article I mentioned above, who happens to be male, and who probably owns a neon ‘PCB SB 2011’ tank. Or three.

Let’s review his points: “Only Super Models Look Good in Them,” “Your Homemade Pair Looks Even Worse,” “They Make Great Asses Disappear,” and “They Remind Us Of Our Grandmothers.” Yikes.

Yes, I do at times sacrifice my figure for a solid pair of hammer pants (but damn, those are some good lookin’, breezy pants) and yes, high waisted shorts may only be hip for now, but fashion is created to become unfashionable, just like anything else in this world. If I want to wear something trendy or weird or off the wall, it has everything to do with me, and nothing to do with anyone else. The various pieces adorning runway models every season are always fleeting, similarly to the platforms utilized to keep them trending. Today, with the help of the Internet and the fashion bloggers who have taken over the digital world, lines are blurring between what is considered right in fashion by societal norms, and what feels right to the rest of us as individuals.

With new technology, the world of fashion lives and breathes online in a way it never had a chance to exist before. Every girl with a digital camera can become a self-proclaimed fashion blogger, and the real-deal fashionistas rake in the dough through sponsors and designers who are well aware of just how important and influential social media and digital publications can be to their brand.

Technology itself is changing the way we feel about fashion, and completely challenging what society thinks is or isn’t appropriate to wear. The lines are beautifully blurred, thanks in part to blogs like Man Repeller, The Blonde Salad and other digital outlets that represent out-there fashion for all women (and men).

Fashion, much like technology, is a vessel designed for exploration. Both are outlets utilized to express independence, and when used together can become an incredible force. Technology gives us the opportunity to show off our eclectic looks, to explore other options and to find inspiration with every new click.

In the end, if we feel good in something, like the way it looks and still somehow find a way to exhibit our personalities, we’re wearin’ it, even if our asses are lost somewhere in translation.