Did anyone else read this article about Gen Y being The Cheapest Generation? It sums up pretty nicely how the values of many Gen Y Americans (which, although I hate to be called Gen Y, I technically fall into).
I’m wondering if a simpler wardrobe is a trend as well? Based on economics or values or something? It seems like more and more fashion bloggers and women in their mid 20s-30s are looking to simplify their wardrobes, and adopt a uniform, a capsule wardrobe or a french wardrobe of some sort. I feel all I’ve been hearing lately is “neutrals” “basics” “quality” – oh my!
But what I want to know is WHY? Is this neutrals/basics/capsule thing a trend? Or is this a reflection of something else? Backlash against consumer culture? Is it a factor of economics? Or is it a larger change? A change in generational values, like the Gen Y article about how Gen Yers aren’t as focused on owning a car or a house (we need to pay off all of our student debt first!).
Economics plays a big factor in fashion. Our consumer buying habits say a lot about the health of the economy (I think we’ve all heard the anecdote that lipstick sales go up during a recession, as women buy that instead of apparel).
What do you think? Is there a big shift in fashion thinking towards “less is more”, or is a capsule wardrobe just another trend?