What is a fashion victim?
“Fashion victim is a term – claimed to have been coined by Oscar de la Renta – that is used to identify a person who is unable to identify commonly recognized boundaries of style.”
And in my opinion, there’s a fine line between being a fashionista and a fashion victim. You’ve probably heard the term before. Furthermore, you probably see them everyday or maybe you are one, but are totally oblivious to this possible fact.
So, let me share some information to help you all re-evaluate your ‘personal style’.
As many fashion journalists or stylists would agree, fashion victims are people who take a fashion trend and run with it regardless of how it looks on them, whether it is totally clashing with their skin tone, their body frame/shape, height, age etc.
First pointer; ALWAYS aim for the classic pieces, timeless collections should always be in your wardrobe. Such as, the little black dress, white shirt dress, black slacks, pumps etc. One can never go wrong with stuff like this because they usually fit the average individual, fashionista or not!
Secondly, don’t be attracted to the ‘big names’ just because of the name! Regardless of brand, one should always be conscious of whether the article of clothing or accessory suits your body, skin tone, age, etc.
Another horrible occurrence is when one is wearing too many trends at once and therefore taking the look from the glamourous to the ridiculous. For example; if pink is in, for the love of all things right, DO NOT WEAR ALL PINK then have matching accessories and shoes. It’s too much at once! Colour overload!
Also, spend more time with yourself! Get to know you! Fashion victims often forget that it’s okay to have a personal sense of style. They just wear what the rest of the world tells them to. You can avoid being a fashion victim by taking a step backward and returning to what you love to wear. Think about what style of clothing looks good on you. Don’t just buy something because it makes you feel ‘in’ or ‘trendy.’ Buy it because you love it. And don’t be afraid to match items of clothing that you haven’t seen anyone else wear. That’s okay. That’s called having ‘personal style,’ and that’s exactly what you need to do in order to avoid being a fashion victim and to promote uniqueness.
- Dre DeCarlo for KURAMAMAGAZINE.com