The magical world of fashion is so vast that it's impossible to know every single detail about it. Be it the birthday of a designer, next year's trends, or the pronunciation of a fabric – there's always something new we can learn. Various fashion magazines try their best to answer all of these questions, but I'm sure there are still a few things you've always been wondering but could never ask anyone. Either because you were ashamed or because you didn't know whom to ask. Recently I had a few questions coming to my mind as well and instead of just researching them for myself, I thought I'd share my results or come up with my very own answer. I am far from being a pro when it comes to the world of fashion, but I think it's a business where everyone is free to see the things the way they like. So here are my, highly subjective, answers to three fashion-related questions I've been asking myself lately:
1. What is the difference between a button-up and a button-down skirt?
As we all know the huge trend of 2015 is A-line skirts with buttons. But are they button-up or button-down skirts? And what the heck is the difference?
This question can easily be answered after a short googling session. According to Popsugar, a button-up shirt is just a shirt that is being closed with the help of buttons. A button-down shirt however always has a collar with buttons on it, too. So both women's and men's shirts can be button-up and button-down and there is not one adjective for his, and one for hers.
If we come back to our beloved A-line skirts this means that button-down skirts don't exist, because it's an adjective only used for shirts. A skirt, dress or pants with buttons are thus always button-up! So if you talk about A-line skirts with buttons the next time, remember this and nobody will be able to expose you as a fashion beginner. I'm now off to correct all of the button-downs I've used in this year's blog posts...
2. Can every body shape wear any fashion trend?
Fashion magazines keep on telling us with every trend, which body shape can actually wear it best. In order to wear a pencil skirt you need certain curves, while cross stripes are only for thin girls, and so on and so on...
So to answer this question let's not consider the fact that everything has been worn by everyone, but rather analyse whether one piece of clothing has the potential to make you look less good per se. Is there anything you'd say you can never ever wear and look good in it? I'm sure your answer will be yes. However if you think about this piece of clothing and then about seeing it on other girls with your body size, will your answer still be the same? I think this question is highly personal and has got to do more with self-awareness than with body types. So let's come back to pencil skirts. I'm sure many of you think you could never wear them, because you have a bit of a tummy. But how often have you actually seen pencil skirts on plus size models and thought "wow!"? I know that happens to me all of the time.
So basically my answer to this question would be: Everybody can look good in everything but not everyone will feel good in everything. There are many ways to adapt a trend to your body shape, but you gotta feel confident in what you wear to really make it work for you.
3. Do fashionistas still wear tights or is barelegged the new standard?
This is a question that has really been bothering me this season as I see more and more bloggers and online influencers go barelegged in winter. It seems like the good old nylons, that used to be so popular for half a century, are frowned upon in the 2010s. More and more bloggers write about how much they hate tights and that they'd rather be cold than wear nylons.
Well I don't know how about all of these girls but I come from a country where it actually snows in winter and I have a mum that taught her children to dress accordingly to the weather. Furthermore I'm not really into showing my bare legs so being able to wear skirts and dresses with tights during the colder months is bliss to me.
However with all this tight-shaming I'm somehow wondering whether they are still something people want to see in my outfit posts? The only thing I know for sure is that barelegged is not the only option in case black nylon tights should really have resigned. My favourite option are cotton tights with knitting patterns but it is also a fact that black tights don't go with every outfit. Therefor I have a huge range of coloured tights myself. Blogger Michèle from Switzerland (pictures above) is the best proof that sometimes tights can be the ultimate statement (even though she doesn't seem to have been wearing them in 2015 anymore either). Anyway, how about going lurex-legged this New Year's Eve?
So girls, what are your thoughts on all of these questions? Did you know that button-down skirts don't exist? Do you think there are trends you simply can't wear? And what is your opinion on tights this season? Let me know in the comments so we can discuss these questions further.