|Pic from Style.com, here|
Une femme could never be accused of being on the cutting edge of Fashion. It often takes my eye a few months (or occasionally a few years!) to adjust to seismic shifts in the sartorial zeitgeist. That's probably not altogether a negative; at a certain age, chasing every trend can be an express train to Ridiculousville.
But, a stubborn refusal to update our look periodically can land us in a visual time warp. A piece here or there that nods to current fashion trends can help convey that while we know our own style and are no one's Fashion Victim, we aren't totally disconnected from the world at large either. Incorporating a newish silhouette or a particular trend isn't about making ourselves look younger necessarily, but rather, current. (For those in the workplace or job hunting, this is more important than ever.) And a trendy piece or two can be a way to have some fun, bringing a fresh perspective to daily wardrobe planning.
We all know the drill by now, right? Don't spend at the high end of your budget for a trendy piece, wear trends sparingly, stick to pieces that work with and freshen items you already own, and when all else fails, go with updated accessories to give your classic look a nudge into the present. And don't hesitate to pass up a trend if the silhouette doesn't work for your body type, or the aesthetic doesn't speak to you. (Like those drape-neck, dolman-sleeve, slim-hipped tops that are everywhere right now? Pas pour moi.)
Here are some current trends that have ageless appeal and some particular pieces I've been considering:
Color blocking and neon brights (trends that are getting a lot of fashion press right now), are a bit overwhelming for me but I'm starting to see more options for adding some color in subtler but rich shades and in very wearable styles.
These ankle cords from Talbot's in "Vixen" are a gorgeous shade of rich rust or russet (and less red than they appear in the picture) that will bring a bit of vibrance to neutrals and earth tones. This dusty pink "Cosmopolitan" color is also tempting:
|J.Crew cashmere, $168. More colors in online and in stores.|
|Love this color, and the Loden (green)|
This is another of those trends that could easily go wrong (either too twee or too boudoir) but I do like the look of this Lucky Brand lace top for more casual days,
or this Ann Taylor lace yoke tee, which is subtle and sophisticated enough for the office. (Would look great under a jacket!)
Faux Fur. Yes, really.
Faux fur has come a long way from those stiff, Muppet-costume fibers of yore. I've seen (and tried on) some pieces lately that are soft, beautifully dyed, and with a luxurious look and feel. Don't be afraid to have some fun with it...
|"I'm with the band," Vince Camuto faux fur vest, $175|
If that's just a bit much for you, how about a sweater with a faux fur collar? Again, look for good quality Faux. Removable is a good idea too.
|Trina Turk 'Deville' Cardigan, $298|
Zara, H&M, Forever 21 can be good sources for fun trendy pieces that are made to last one season and are priced accordingly. Some of you talented thrifters are already scoring pieces from the 70's and 80's that look fresh again. While not meant as a steady sartorial diet, the occasional trendy item can be like the maraschino cherry on top of the sundae: bright and festive.
Are there any trends for Fall that have caught your eye? Any that are tempting you to move outside of your usual comfort zone?