When you think of great style what style icons and eras come to mind? Is it Farrah Faucet in the 70s with her bell bottom jeans and flipped back bangs? Maybe it’s Madonna in the 80s with her tulle skirt, lace bra, and fingerless gloves? Or perhaps it’s simply anyone wearing grundge from the 90s?
Trends are fun to experiment with but by their very nature they are fleeting which means we spend a lot of money buying clothing and accessorizes that do not have staying power.
Remember those Juicy Couture velour track suits you bought in1999 and were holding onto because you loved them so much? You convinced yourself they would come back in style and placed them somewhere deep inside the recesses of your closet. My guess is that they were recently Marie Kando’ed out of your closet as the trend now is to throw anything away that does not spark joy. And wearing head-to-toe velour is no longer the fashionable groove it once was.
It’s hard to navigate what styles will become truly timeless and even harder to know how long a trend will stay relevant. For some sticking with timeless style might seem boring but as a designer I can tell you it makes dressing a lot easier when you invest in pieces that are classic and well made—not to mention you will save yourself a bundle of money in the end.
But back to my question, what icons come to mind when you think of great style? I think of Audrey Hepburn, cigarette trousers, little black dresses, or tailored white shirts with flats. Jackie O in a simple strapless gown also comes to mind.
I once saw a vintage photo of her stepping out of a plane in a leopard print coat and thought how elegant she was. However, her style was neither boring nor complicated. She was able to move gracefully between a classic turtleneck and jeans to a loose fitting gown in a colorful print.
There are an abundant number of styles launched every month that are reported as being essential to our wardrobe. Add to that the endless stream of inventory that we must choose from and what we end up with is the perfect recipe for nothing to wear.
If you are confused as to what looks best on you you’re not alone. Navigating your personal style might seem daunting but can easily be acquired if you channel a muse whose style speaks to you. However, if following fashion trends is your muse then stay true to that. For the rest of us it’s best to trend lightly!
Eat well, laugh a lot, and be chic!