Feeling The Fall

I was reading some site and the statement “Can Ashley bring the 90s back?” stopped me cold. Since when did wearing a style that is reminiscent of another era or liking an item that is no longer “in” become a campaign for its re-emergence? For example, I am fair skinned and I don’t tan, does that mean I’m trying to bring “pale” back into style? No, it just means I accept the skin tone I was born with.
So then, why are we so quick to look at celebrities as intentional trendsetters? Are they really conspiring/attempting to make something they like popular? To assume yes, really puts a lot of pressure on these people to constantly find the newest/latest/greatest. Of course, if they are styled by professionals then it is not so ridiculous to believe. The stylist gets them to wear something, endorses some store, starts a trend, makes money, etc.
However, isn’t it equally likely (especially off the red carpet) that they are merely sporting items they like and we start the trend because we like them? Some things will be worn and won’t “catch on”—but at the end of the day the idea isn’t to start a trend, it’s to wear pieces you like. I’m not certain what the truth is (and it probably depends on the person) but I would prefer to believe the latter...Ironically, I could blame the new preppy tone of my wardrobe to shows like Gossip Girl and Leighton Meester's character...
Outfit details: sweater- Forever 21, belt- secondhand, tights- Target, shoes- Nine West
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77 comments:

  1. menacing sky, matches your pieces!

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  2. ohhh wow!! these photos are gorgeous!!!
    the colours are stunning!

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  3. Love the dark colors of your outfit! I agree with you that a lot of people aren't dressing to start a trend, but because they actually want to wear a specific outfit and then the rest follow.

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  4. i sometimes think that maybe some actors/actresses or singers or any celebrity really- mayeb they're just not into clothes? like just because you want to be an actress doesn't mean you're interested in wearing those designer red carpet dresses or getting snapped when just picking your kid up from school in rolled up man jeans (read katie holms!) and having the outfit discected. maybe fashion isn't a passion but it's just assumed it it? i love the sweater you're wearing today

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  5. I completely agree with salinaoolala. We put so much pressure on celebrities to be these perfect beings. We try to live through them and have these perfect "movie-star" lives. So, when they screw up it kind of forces us to realize that they're just people like us. I've never been a star watcher, and feel really bad for celebrities. They don't get a break.

    Also, I'm really feeling the fall preppy thing. I want cardis and stripes! Urban Outfitters isn't helping this any...

    Brittany

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  6. I think that fashion and style are so changeable and fickle that they can be hard subjects to write about. Fashion writers who (lets face it) aren't all that good at addressing key issues within that realm will g for the easy option of attaching a look to an era and giving the article a stupid title that implies importance far beyond what actually happened - i.e in this case Ashley went out in something distinctly 90s. *much eye rolling*

    I love the outfit. The Nine West shoes particularly.

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  9. oh gosh. sorry about that! my computer just went crazy.

    I just wanted to say AMAZING.

    love love love your blog.

    You are not only inspirational style wise but you possess such genuine beauty + realness.

    thank you.

    L.

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  10. i agree with you on the trend thing. I think it's like miss victory said, some fashion journalists may be quick to attach a look to an era because it's an easy thing to write about.

    i love the color of your tights and i especially love the shoes.

    stunning picture of the sky too!

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  11. While I still look to see what celebrities are wearing, I am more inspired by bloggers like you :) Great post!

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  12. I can't wait for fall. The belt & shoes are such great finishing pieces to your outfit.

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  13. Those tights are AMAZING! The colors are wonderful! & I love your style :) I know I have said it many many times, but your style is just like whimsical & fun :)

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  14. This is such a nice fall look, and I love the way you did the belt over your cardi. Sweet smile, too.

    I never buy that some celeb is starting a trend, unless she's Kate Moss. I just assume every celeb is being backed by a stylist, and is not making her own decisions.

    Katie Holmes, for example. She never knew how to dress before she got Cruised, and now, all of a sudden she's a style icon? I contend that a) Cruise is buying her clothes; and that b) he set her up with a stylist so she'd look good enough to support his image.

    Maybe I sound like a cynic, but Cruise's image is big business, and he can't afford to have one misstep.

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  15. wow that last pic is beautiful....

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  16. You look absolutely beautiful in that outfit. It fits perfectly for fall. That sunset is so dramatic, and so magical.

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  17. I absolutely adore your outfit. that's such a rich color of green. The sky pic is gorgeous too

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  18. i love your cardigan, shoes, and belt! you look amazing. i've been meaning to watch some GG episodes online and haven't yet, i should get around to that. also -- the last sky photo is incredible! great job, yet again.

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  19. the last picture of the clouds is amazing. :] I love it.

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  20. This is why I rarely look to celebrities because at the end of the day, they are just people like you and I... and the fact that they have MORE means to aid them (stylists, money etc...) only makes it even more odd that we look up to them at all...love the burgandy tights and the general fall-ish mood you've got going on here!

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  21. love this whole outfit.. the long belted argyle cardigan is perfection with the skirt, tights and shoes..

    care to trade links? :)

    -issa

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  22. great post! the pictures are beautiful.

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  23. Wow I almost bought that sweater. Eerie. And we give celebrities WAY more credit than they deserve. I don't think any of them are conspiring to bring back a particular thing--they are such puppets in terms of their wardrobe most of the time...Take Sienna Miller's boho influence, for example. She just found some stuff her mom had from the 60's, started wearing it, and pretty soon every girl in England had an H&M-made copy of the same belt. None too deliberate.

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  24. good point.

    your outfit is adorable....love the rich colors and that last photo of the sky is phenomenal.

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  25. but you pull off this preppy tone superwell!

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  26. I totally hate when they pick up on one celeb or model and talk about an entire new trend. Although that being said, I totally think you should bring pale back lol. Totally love the sweaater and your nails look amazing!! And your sky photograph is stunning!!!!

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  27. Preppy and a tad posh, haha! Great tights, I love the dark colour.

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  28. that's very true. it does put a lot of stress on them. or maybe they don't even care? who knows? but, i do know that when a "normal" person goes out one day in a 90's reminescent outfit no one assumes they're 'bringing the 90's back.' so, i wonder why this is said of celebrities?

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  29. I suppose it's a comfort comforming to celebrity wardrobes?? Not sure. But you pulled the prep look great, I love your bangs like that.

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  30. First of all, that last picture of the sky is breathtaking, I'm so amazed! It's beautiful.
    And Ironically matches the colours of your outfit, which is also amazing.
    About the whole trend-setting affair, well I agree with you, they're just wearing what they like, not trying to start a cult.

    I stay away from reading celebrety fashion magazines, unless I'm desperate for inspiration but I don't live to wear what let's say Ashley Olsen is wearing.

    I love your outfit and I've fallen inlove with your shoes, deeply, deeply inlove. ahha =]

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  31. Fantastic sweater. Amazing belt. Super tights. Breathtaking sky!!

    Oh, and you are right on the money about wearing what you want, divorced from any particular era or advertising campaign. (Though honestly, I have no idea what's up with that Katie Holmes!)

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  32. I think you're right! We should just wear things we like, but even more so, things that suit us.

    I can't pull of skinny jeans and that's fine with me cause I just don't wear them.

    Looking chic should be effortless, too forced brings the bad news bears. Grrr... =D

    HOORAY! I LOVE BEING FAIR TOO!

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  33. that outfit is perfection! love the pic of the sky

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  34. Did you decide to match your outfit to the weather or did the weather decide to match you? ;)

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  35. The argyle sweater blows my mind. I love, love, love it!

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  36. An excellently made point and a beautifully executed outfit.

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  37. Sooo pretty outfit! You have great style (:

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  38. wow you pull off the tights really well, love the contrast with the argile, and that is an amazing & frightening sky! you made a very good point in this post as well. we should stop taking celebs for granted and realize that maybe they don't want the burden to be considered responsible for "bringing something back" (and as you so stated so well, wearing something once isn't bringing something back necessarily, and is likely unintentional, besides in Ashley's case do we really need the 90s again haha ;) some celebs are naturally chic and/or adore fashion and maybe do want to be considered influential, but a lot just happen by accident and don't need/want/or care that they're trendy, but nevertheless people are focused on them too much and then things like what happened to sienna miller when everyone continued to copy her look (boho, mod) happen- where she went literally nuts and wore ludicrous stupid outfits with to intention to get people off her back haha.

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  39. ackk i should have stopped at a target to look for nice tights like yours!

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  40. I love the preppiness of this, whatever inspired it!

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  41. beautiful pictures as always! I feel like a lot of magazines jump onto a certain item a celebrity is wearing and uses them as a spokesperson for the trend. It makes the readers start blindingly following a celebrity when really I'm pretty sure they're just wearing what they feel like wearing. If only people could adopt the attitude rather then the fashion item, then the fashion landscape would be more interesting.

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  42. look at your bustin out the tights in august! the weather has been so beautiful the past three days, i could just live outside.

    i totes read that headline as well and agree with you. i never realized how key stylists were until i got into style blogs. i have a hard time accepting some things are "in" and some things are "out"; ie "flared" jeans. if they're flattering, i'll still wear them! most fashion rules are so silly.

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  43. your blog is really really nice!

    and the above pics are really nice!
    you have a really nice fashion sense!

    xoxo,
    want to exchange links?
    xoxoxoxox

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  44. i think it's kind of like, people are obsessed with celebrities, so when they wear something, people will try to imitate them. the celebrities are not necessarily trying to start a trend, but it becomes a trend when many people begin to wear the same thing. cute outfit, and the last picture is awesome.

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  45. I guess it's hard to tell whether the celebrity's choice is genuine... Whether it stems from personal style or a team of stylists. More importantly, who is writing this kind garbage? What ever happened to real journalism?

    I like the preppier turn. Beautiful photos too.

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  46. I totally agree. I don't think the intention of those dressers is to bring anything back - but people believe it. I don' understand that. How can anyone by so unsure about dressing? I would never follow anything else but my personal taste.

    You look awesome by the way.

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  47. SO hot. i just can't resist argyle! and yours is such a perfect sweater. everything else blends so wonderfully together, too..

    when you take pictures in the woods, don't you get bugs and things crawling all over you? o.O

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  48. Celebrity fashion has never really interested me, and the way it is written about in the magazines which care about such things doesn't exactly spark my imagination either! I think it's partly due to what you described, the "such and such" is bringing x look back or them being credited with "inventing" it. It seems so fake since they have stylists and it's probably a look we've all seen on bloggers or street style sites. Nothing wrong with a bit of Gossip Girl outfit inspiration though, you look ace! Char x

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  49. I looooove your outfit today ;)
    Your photos are amazing!

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  50. I think celebrities do have an impact on the way people dress. They seem more 'real' than models on the runway on pages in a magazine, so people may feel they are easier to relate to and copy than a tall slim catwalk model.

    But I don't think a celebrity alone can start a trend.

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  51. amazing photos and fabulous outfit. i wonder how big your closet is.

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  52. you look AMAZING!

    and i agree, people wear what they like and that's why certain things seem to be in "fashion" at any one time. because more people see it and like it and wear it!

    i hope i never become one of those people who will only ever wear what is considered to be "in" at the time.

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  53. Oh i love love love that cardigan, especially with those coloured tights (are they rust coloured or is it just the lighting??)
    I do think it's really silly when they say is someone 'bringing something back' they could just be wearing a silver necklace instead of a gold one and suddenly SILVER IS BACK!! lol

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  54. This outfit is definately one of your best so far.I love everything and that college look :)

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  55. Loving that argyle, darling!!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  56. wonderful colours!! the sky is amazing! they match your fab outfit. i am in love with your sweater and colour of your tights.
    beautiful photos as always. :D

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  57. The last photo is amazing!!
    It's very fascinating and a bit odd that what you're wearing matches the sky.

    It's usually the media overly-hyping up something, always. So I don't think that it's celebrities with intentions of trendsetting or anything like that.

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  58. Stylist and designers often use the styles form the streets on catwalks and red carpet as inspiration, then we use that reworked look as inspiration for our daily outfits...it's not a paradox, common people simply is the source of fashion inspiration but often we forget it!
    At the same time I think we have not to forget a lot of people needs a certain percentage of "social approval" as a motivation, so when they saw a certain item is not only worn by celebs, but quite popular all around the "cool world", they unconsciously start to like it. And a new trend is born...

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  59. I forgot to say I adore those wine colored tights!

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  60. I love your cinched in belt with the cardigan, so pretty :)

    and considering the majority of celebrities are styled by stylists these days, I wonder if anyone's an original. However, I still enjoy at celebs pics time to time (esp if they are styled by Leith Clark!)

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  61. Beautiful, beautiful photos! I love the belted argyle cardigan! You have the best style; very vintage chic. :)

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  62. I love everything about this outfit, it is gorgeous! and I love the picture of the sky.

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  63. Seeing your outfit puts me in preppy heaven.

    As for celebs and trends, for me, it's very hard to tell which celebs have genuinely great style nowadays because so many companies throw free stuff at them and stylists dress them for major red carpet events.

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  64. can i be you for one day?
    A-DORABLE!

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  65. Love me some argyle!
    ...and your shoes are perf!

    Quote of the day:
    "but at the end of the day the idea isn’t to start a trend, it’s to wear pieces you like"
    You rock.

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  66. oh argyle!! stop making me excited for fall - lol.

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  67. 'ello girlie. had to catch up on your looks after being gone for the weekend. and i'll pry mention this to you at lunch tomorrow, but that first photo is grand!!! it conjures two things for me a) annie hall and b) an author's photo for a book jacket :] which are, of course, both wonderful things!!!xoxome.

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  68. I love how the sky matches your outfit! The tights look great with the shoes and overall... what a sexy look!

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  69. awesome, matching the sky to your outfit. or is it matching your clothes to the sky? brilliant.

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  70. Yes, you do such a wonderful job of matching nature in your outfits! I've so often loved color combinations found in the sky and swore to try and interpret those colors through my wardrobe, and yet never have... A beautiful study of rich tones!

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  71. I really like this outfit on you. The sweater is really nice. I love argyle. The belt is a nice touch and your hair looks very chic.

    Great pics.

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  72. I linked to this post in my blog today! Check it out.

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