A reader asks for clarity on what seems to be a smorgasbord of casual trends.
I was recently at an outdoor event, and it seemed like a fashion potluck — from maxi dresses to tie-dye tops to skinny jeans to knot headbands. Which casual trends will stick around this fall? — Yael, Dix Hills, N.Y.
What you are seeing is not actually a chaotic mix of every trend under the sun but two large and related overarching trends.
First, the rise of self-defined comfort dressing during the last year, when most people were stuck at home, picking clothes without worrying about the judgments of other people or having to signal identity to
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