When trends first emerge I have a lot of resistance to them- for example, the flannel/plaid/lumberjack looking trend of this year. When this trend first came to surface late this summer, I was absolutely stunned. I thought to myself, "really, who in their right mind would want to wear FLANNEL besides a rugged mountain man?!?!" ... and then, it happened ... it always happens this way- I see a semi-cute girl/celebrity (a la mary kate below) in a magazine wearing said trend and I think to myself, "gee, it actually looks kind of cute on them- time to RECREATE on moi!!!!". And that's that- now you know the mental discussions that go on between me and my voice of reason.
Sometimes I think it's better to embrace trends rather than to resist them, especially the popular ones because they are NOT going away anytime soon. Summer 2010 fashion lines are FULL of plaid shirts (see below) paired with shorts and gladiator sandals (yeah, that trend never went away either).
Vince Roll Sleeve Cowl Neck via shopbop
With that being said, this flannel/plaid trend is easy to embrace as long as you keep it simple (see examples below of simple vs. grunge). I think incorporating just ONE item resembling a lumberjack is key ... just keep it simple and don't overdo it.
Keepin' it simple with Miley & Taylor Swift (via teenvougue.com)
A little bit too much goin' on ... don't get too grunge!
For example, here I am wearing a plaid tunic, black leggings, and tory burch flats ... I am just wearing ONE plaid item with simple counterparts. No crazy buckle jacket or cargo pants, just simple pairings work best.