Seasons and fashion seem to go together. To kick off the sunshine, we’re holding a summer sale at Jesus’ Economy. (What better way is there to start summer?) And to celebrate summer fashion, here’s a rundown of summer fashion around the world.
As I was trying to guess what the summer trends are going to be this year, I came to the conclusion that the trend is essentially “our decision.” Of course, designers have already proposed their own interpretations of summer, but there doesn’t seem to be a set style.
If you’re like me, when you walk around the mall you’re shocked by the diversity of choices. This is now the fashion industry—choose who you are. Nothing seems to be particularly “in” or “out.” What’s “in” is to wear what you like; what’s “out” is to dress merely to impress.
It seems like the world is taking an approach at letting us, well, be us. Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour:
“Create your own style … let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
Fashion is about the people. It’s about who we are and who we want to be. It’s about what kind of story we want to tell—or at least it should be.
“I believe fashion is an expression of your style,” says Abeer Nauman, an Indian Designer who puts pieces of herself into her designs. Fashion “reflects your personality and culture. It has the power to transform an image and make a social statement. So fashion defines who you are.”
In fashion, trends appear to be shaped by culture. Whatever direction a certain culture is heading, fashion will follow.
And as cultures are blending together in our interconnected world, what we are wearing reflects that. Fashion now reflects the fusion of different places.
Right now, the “in” seems be a celebration of differences, diversity, and our merging cultures.
Through Jesus’ Economy fair trade shop, you can celebrate diversity with accessories from around the world. We have hairclips, bracelets, belts, headbands, necklaces, earrings, sandals, t-shirts, and bags from Haiti, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, and Uganda. From all of these places come many different styles and unique interpretations of culture. Nothing looks exactly the same, and all of it is “in” right now.
Even better than looking fashionable this summer in your unique accessories and apparel is making a purchase that gives hope to the artisans who created it. With Jesus’ Economy, you can do just that while also helping the global economy.
May your summer be filled with joy!
As you begin to slow down and enjoy the fashion of the season, don’t forget our summer sale: All Rwandan accessories are each $10 for 10 days! You have nine days left to get in on our first sale since Cyber Monday!