Mel wearing a similar pair of open toe sandals last week and thought, 'Well jeeze, if it looks so great on Mel, maybe I can pull it off too.'
You see, I have come to realize my role in the cycle of "trend." I am sure I am not the only person who knows about this cycle since I am sure I read this somewhere, but basically you have your "trend setters" the ones who do things first when no one else has even really thought of it. These people are completely artistic usually, are oblivious of trend and fashion, and probably don't even know that they are starting something or that anyone is paying attention, they just do what they think is cool and fun and it gets noticed and sort of spreads out to the "early adopters." These are people who can recognize a great idea and take it on way before the mainstream catches wind of it. In my opinion this group of people includes most fashion designers (Few designers are absolutely trend setters) They adopt an idea and transform it into something accessible for the next group of people, "Personal Stylers." I think (this is all sort of flying out of my butt right now) that I belong to this group of people. These people catch onto things after it has been processed slightly by the fashion machine. They see many different takes on a similar theme, take the elements they love the most, and apply it to their personal style. Not all trends are accepted but it doesn't mean they don't give them a try once or twice to see how they fit. I think My HEART wants to be an early adopter since I find myself buying things at the thrift shops seasons before they hit the scene, and while I know they are cool and special and I love them, I WAIT until I have seen a number of trusted sources give them a spin. I think after the "personal stylers" there are probably more tiers, but I think most bloggers probably fall into this category.
The open toe sandal over tights or socks thing is an example of this. As is the rolled shorts thing. Last spring and summer and bought a whole mess of high waisted pleat shorts to roll, pleated trousers and whatnot and people sort of thought I was crazy. I have been sitting with this stuff for a while now and finally I feel comfortable wearing these things. OK, Today I changed, But seriously, I am ready.
As a really happy and very exciting side note, I just wanted to give you links to the two sites that actually put my "street style" pictures on! Thank you so much Kelley Anne for pointing out my photo on Team Peter ! AND Martini of Beyond Boston Chic just posted my picture today with a little story of the whole encounter! Both appearances are pretty exciting for me!
COMMENT OF THE DAY: Thank you for refreshing my memory! I think It was the "Tipping Point". Great book.
Your description of people involved in trends and trendsetting sounds a bit like one of Malcolm Gladwell's books. I can't remember exactly which one - maybe Tipping Point? Anyway, you look great!