• Anna Cost

is Seasonless Fashion the next big thing?

The idea of clothing that can be worn year round without falling out of style sounds almost impossible. Recently, though, many fashion designers and retailers have been challenging this stigma and the insatiable hunger brought about by fast fashion habits by attempting a new approach to style: seasonless fashion. The idea behind this shift is to create clothing that will remain relevant no matter what time of year it is, defying conventional wisdom that fashion trends must be dictated by the mercury.

Animale at São Paulo Fashion Week season 40 | Seasonless Fashion

image source: Agencia Fotosite

The concept of seasonless fashion can be approached on several levels: to create staple, high-quality pieces that can stand the test of time; to update simple pieces with trendy accessories instead of a complete wardrobe make-over; and also to end the stigma that certain patterns and/or colors are wearable only at certain times of year. It is built around the idea that we eschew archaic rules about what colors, prints, fabrications, etc are appropriate for any given season.

Many brands are also motivated to buck the fast fashion system of overconsumption and change fashion's bad reputation for being a top polluting industry. If fashion doesn't have to follow traditional rules, it has the potential to spare consumers the stress of buying new garments due to season change, and nullifies one of fast fashion's major draws - to keep up with the latest looks while on a budget. With less categories of clothing to fill and the ability to get more "mileage" from a printed dress, for example, perhaps the consumer will be able to justify buying a better quality (typically more expensive ) item instead of resorting to buying a cheaper version of something she feels she may only get a few months' wear out of before it's no longer seen as appropriate.

Some current example of seasonless style showing up on runways and in magazines are the florals all over the fall/winter runway and a wide selection of white boots proposed for the fall. "No white shoes after Labor Day!!" Well, there's an age-old rule that we're not sad to see go.

For many people a rotation of wardrobe happens at least twice a year as the weather shifts and fabrications and color palettes seem to change as soon as days start getting shorter or longer. Although we still have weather conditions to take into consideration when dressing, most of modern society moves from one climate controlled environment to another, with very little prolonged exposure to the elements. Cars, offices, public buildings and transport are all heated in winter, air conditioned in summer. While that may not mean you can abandon your winter coat, mittens and snow boots, what it does mean is that once you get inside, the temperature will most likely be a comfortable 72 degrees Fahrenheit. SO, why couldn’t you wear the same dress you would sport in May under that insulated anorak and wool scarf?

The shift in mindset will allow for more self expression as the consumer will be able to wear what they want without concern if it is seasonally appropriate as long as they are comfortable. Velvet to a party on a cool Jun evening? Floral printed chiffon blouse to a holiday party in December? Go for it as long as you are comfortable; when you feel great, you look great! The new aesthetic touts the idea that anything goes.

And why shouldn’t it? Here at Polychrome we are excited to hear of an inclination towards more print options year round. Some of our prints are just too pretty to be stowed away for half the year! Case in point, any one of these lovely florals would be just as appropriate on a blouse for fall as on a sundress in summer, or on slipdress with a fuzzy sweater in the dead of winter.

Take a peek through some of our most versatile florals and imagine the endless options:

from top left: Nostalgia | Flowing Garden | Lillies | Chrysanthemum Flowers | Ballerina |