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Bring the Fashion Runway to Your Closet: Making Fashion Trends Practical

Written by Ashley Miller


Posted on September 16 2019

Have you ever looked at pictures from fashion shows, and thought NO WAY.

I mean, some of those looks are so impractical, right? And it’s ok: we can admit that some of them are unappealing and unwearable. I mean, can you imagine wearing some of these runway looks in your house while taking care of kids, or running to the grocery store, or even when you’re having some “me time”?

It’s almost funny to think about.

But here’s the thing: those fashion shows and runway looks do help show general trends in the fashion industry. We can take some inspiration from the runway, and find ways to incorporate high-fashion trends into our everyday wardrobe.

Look for Fashion Trends in Patterns and Colors

Are you seeing a trend of particular patterns or colors? Fall 2019 fashion trends are showing that neon is in. Harper’s Bazaar says that this trend is “not for the faint of heart” – and then shows photos of models wearing neon from head to toe!

Not everyone is comfortable wearing a neon trench coat, or a neon jumpsuit.

But how do you feel about neon earrings, or a neon belt with your comfy little black dress?

If you’re seeing patterns or colors that make you hesitate, because they aren’t quite like anything else you’ve ever worn, then slowly sneak them into your wardrobe by using them as accessories.

Many of my customers were reluctant to wear leopard print in the beginning – now, I quickly sell out of anything leopard print!

Fashion, and your self-expression through fashion, can be a journey. It doesn’t mean that you will immediately go for bright and bold: sometimes you have to work up to it. You’ll be amazed when you look back at pictures of yourself and see how far you’ve come. 

You never know when you will discover your new favorite color or pattern until you’ve had the courage to try it.

Add Textures and Inspired Styles

Sometimes, the styles that grace the runways feel impractical. 

In Fall 2019, metallics are listed as IN! Does that mean you’re going to get a metallic lamé skirt? Probably not! Well … unless you really love it! 

But can you try multi-layered metallic jewelry that shows off that trend? 


Runway trends are great because you can take a look at what is popular and find a way to integrate your version of the look into your wardrobe. 

Here are some trends details that you can look at for inspiration:

  • Fabrics used
  • Jewelry colors worn by the models
  • Nail polish
  • Hair styles

Using these textures and colors allows you to mimic some of the trends. Perhaps you may not want a tweed coat, but a tweed pair of dress pants would suit you nicely. You can incorporate the style without going all-in.

Incorporate Fashion Trends in Accent Pieces

Instead of being “head to toe” with a fashion trend, why not pick an item that fits current fashion trends, and use it as a focal point of a capsule wardrobe? You can use neutrals to make that one item POP in your wardrobe.

Imagine starting with a piece that fits the style that Harper’s Bazaar calls “Dark Romance.” (Hint: it’s floral patterns on a darker background – easy enough to find!). 

Find a shirt that fits “Dark Romance” and then create a wardrobe around it.

Get some Judy Blue jeans, a comfortable sweater, a pair of comfortable khakis, and you’re set!

High-fashion inspired looks don’t have to be uncomfortable and worn by models on a runway. You can rock these inspired looks in your own home, on a hot date, or at your office.

These looks don’t have to cost you a lot either: you don’t have to spend $600 for a fancy brand name dress. 

You can shop from boutiques like mine (shameless plug!) and create practical looks that incorporate your favorite fashion trends.

What runway looks are you loving and hoping to add to your wardrobe? I’d love to hear how the runway inspires you in the comments.


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