Are fashion trends important? It depends on you. Fashion is one of the main ways people can express themselves and show their personality and uniqueness. However, you cannot talk about fashion without talking about trends. The very definition of the word “fashion” is a popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornaments or manners of behavior. World events, TV, movies, and celebrities set or influence fashion trends for women and the trends influence what we wear.

An example of a trend and the world event that created or popularized it is WW1 and the trench coat. The Smithsonian Magazine has a very interesting article about this. Another example is women and pants. Women started wearing pants in the early 20th century, albeit very infrequently and almost never in public. During the era of WW2, Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn popularized pants wearing them in several movies. However, it wasn’t until between the 1960s and 1970s that, because of the women’s rights movement, pants became a wardrobe staple.

As we all know, 2020 was a year that will go down in history because of the pandemic. What effect has that had on the trends? The current fashion trends for women are whimsical, romantic, and light symbolizing hope after the terrible year of 2020. What are the 2021 fashion trends for women? Read about them here.

Now, an important question. How can we style the current fashion trends for women? For example, what can we wear to balance the puff sleeves in an outfit? How can we style a tiered maxi dress?

A word of caution, however, pertaining to wearing trends. The fashion industry is a major contributor to waste and the use of the earth’s natural resources. We can all do our part by dressing in a classic style most of the time. We can choose wisely just one or two new trends to try and reduce waste by doing so. I have written another article about ways to reduce waste here.