We seem to be living in a fashion jungle. The rules many grew up with have changed as apparel and accessories have morphed into new shapes and sizes. Apparel once known and loved for its cuddly comfort is now a fashion statement, while fabrics formerly the province of prom and bridesmaid gowns is showing up in jackets and jeans. As more and more changes occur and newer and trendier pieces move into the fashion spotlight, it can be very confusing.
Sweatshirts, once worn for their casual warmth, now have lace insets, embroidery and glitter. Jeans, no longer just the weekend favorite, are dressing up with snakeskin, rhinestones, patterns and prints. Lace and eyelet, formerly feminine summer delicacies, are year round wear.
As heels get higher and jackets shorter, many women are having trouble making choices. To be at the height of fashion, combat boots now go with chiffon dresses. Once worm only by the military, some law enforcement officers and a few sky-divers, combat boots are now going to high school and college, to the office and the theater.
Moto trend is in, bringing with it leather and faux-leather jackets, caps, vests and pants. Boho Chic is also in, redesigning the tie-dye looks, mismatched patterns and oversized tops of the sixties. Nerd Chic is now a real statement, emphasizing runway style in pleated plaid skirts, knee socks and kiltie loafers.
While we may never know whatever happened to fashion, the rules for choosing our own wardrobes remain the same: Select pieces that you are comfortable wearing and that will best suit your needs. Stay with the styles and colors you know and like. Select pieces that will mix and match for coordinating and contrasting combinations. Add one new piece at a time, starting with something small like a faux-stone statement bracelet or infinity scarf. If you really can’t stand it, it will make a great holiday gift for someone on your list.
Millions of women will go to work this morning and every morning in classic dress pants with a blouse, blazer and low-heeled dress shoes. Others will leave for the office in a timeless skirt or pant suit and pumps. Still others will don jeans and polos for the day.
Fashion is fun. It can be as mercurial as a temperamental child. Fads come and go, and generally recycle themselves after a period of time. Look at the pictures, go window shopping, and watch other people around you. If something catches your eye, think about trying it. If you think the pictures and people look a bit ridiculous, take heart. Nobody will ever snicker at clean, crisp, classic fashion. There may be thousands of fashion gurus, but there is only one you!
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~