Fashion, a few people don’t care about it at all, some people are absolute slaves to it, and most are probably somewhere in the middle. They want to be fashionable, but aren’t dedicating huge portions of their lives to this quest. Fashion is fun, but it can also be a problem for decorators, particularly when they’re asked to decorate something that’s trendy, but not easy to embellish. I’m sure you all have your own lists of fashion trends you’d be happy to never see again, but today I thought it would be fun to share ours.
Trend 1: Performance Wear – Yes, you’re an athlete. Yes, you’ve worked hard to get your body in shape and this type of clothing shows that off. Yes, performance wear can have moisture wicking capabilities and other traits that make it great for wearing when you’re exerting yourself. What performance wear doesn’t have is the qualities that make it easy to decorate. It’s stretchy and hard to hoop which makes embroidery difficult. It’s thin and often made of polyester or a poly blend, which can make it unsuitable for screen printing and and decoration techniques involving heat. Performance wear is pretty much a combo platter of decoration difficulty.
Trend 2: Excessively Distressed Denim – We’ve probably all seen the photos of the pair of jeans for sale that were primarily seams and nothing else, which is an extreme case. Still, excessively distressed denim pretty much showcases what decoration was designed to cover up, which is holes in the garment. Holes worn into a pair of jeans through wear and time is one thing. Holes that are pre-made before the garment is even bought or worn is quite another.
Trend 3: Rompers – Guys may not even know what these are, since the last time they probably wore one was when they were infants. Women, however, may be quite familiar with the romper, which is basically a jumpsuit where the legs stop at shorts level. They’re most likely not that hard to decorate, honestly, they’re just not really a good look for any grown-up person to wear, and that’s why they made the list. (Note: Apparently there are rompers for men – which is just wrong on so many levels. This trend definitely needs to die!)
Trend 4: Logos On Everything – Yes, putting logos on shirts or jackets or bags can be the life blood of a decoration business, and having one logo on something isn’t committing a fashion faux pas. It’s when there are multiple logos everywhere, on every piece of clothing or accessory, that it becomes too much. Mixing logos isn’t the greatest fashion homerun either. Logos are like spices, a little adds some interest. Too much, and you’re turning red and reaching desperately for something to cleanse your palate.
Trend 5: Cold Shoulder Tops – Another trend that guys may not be as familiar with but something that seems to be showing up everywhere from formalwear to t-shirts. Basically, a cold shoulder top is one that has cutouts that leave the shoulder bare. This style interferes with monogram or logo placement and just isn’t really a look that works for most people.
So, those are the fashion trends we’d like to see ended, but I’m sure there are many that we left off the list. What’s your biggest fashion pet peeve as a decorator? Leave a comment and let us know what fashion trend you really dislike.