what to do about trends?
How to wear fashion trends can be confusing. What is too trendy? Am I too old for this trend? Does this trend fit my body type? How in the world can I work this trend into my wardrobe? While we don’t need to fall for every trend, there is value in participating in fashion trends. If you wear a trend in an age appropriate way, it shows that you’re “up to date” on what’s happening in popular culture. This can translate into how you’re perceived. Being stylish and slightly trendy can give the impression that you’re aware of new ideas and current trends in other areas of life – whether you’re in a creative field, in business, or just trying to relate to a younger generation.
We both live in the suburbs, and we dress in mostly casual clothes. We definitely want to be stylish and participate in some seasonal trends, but we don’t want to look silly or like we’re trying to look too young. It’s definitely a fine line! We want to show you how we’re interpreting some of the fall trends. Our goal is to wear these trends in a way that amps up our style without looking like we’re trying too hard or like we’re wearing a costume.
Western-themed clothing and cowboy boots are really popular this fall. How can we wear this trend without looking like we’re going to a hoe-down?? We both found boots that are Western-inspired with a wood-angled heel and pointed toe. We’ve also worked in bandanna neck scarves. The trick is to insert the Western piece of clothing or boots in with your other non-Western clothes.
Plaid clothing definitely comes in and out of style quite often. Again, we are wearing plaid in moderation. Too much plaid can look too young, or like you’re wearing a private school uniform. Pick plaid pieces in colors you like that coordinate well with your other clothes.
Stripes aren’t unusual in clothing, but what is different this year is how big and bold they are. Deep, rich colors are front and center and are often mixed with other colors in unexpected combinations. This is fun! After years of neutrals and pastels dominating the fashion landscape, it’s a nice departure to add in colors we haven’t worn for awhile, like red, vivid blue, and mustard yellow. The key to wearing a bold pattern is to keep the rest of your outfit toned down. We’re all for pattern-mixing, but large and bold is tricky. Stay simple with this trend to make a classy statement.
We’ve fallen in love with white boots, that’s all there is to it. They’re bold, they’re unique, and they truly elevate every outfit! We’ve made the trend wearable by keeping the heel height practical and boot shaft low. Too much in either of these categories is better left to the 20-somethings!
We love keeping our eye on the latest in fashion trends (we’ve talked about ways to wear other trends here and here), and part of the fun is figuring out how to blend them into our lifestyle and individual preferences. We’ve learned to start small and go low-budget when initially trying on a trend. Target, Forever 21, and H & M are great places to look first for inexpensive but trendy pieces. We encourage you to add a new trend in a small way every season–it just takes a piece or two to stay updated and there’s nothing like having a teenager come up to you and ask, “Hey, where’d you get that?” 🙂
–Krista & Julie
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