This question comes to mind when I see a picture of myself from 1991. Black knit stirrup pants, ankle boots and boyfriend blazer with gigantic shoulder pads were the rage then. Everyone who followed fashion in 1991 had her own version of this prevalent look. However, when I look at the picture of this ensemble today the only thought running through my head is, “Egad, what was I thinking?!” In 2011 the relevant fashion fad is fairly similar to the one in 1991. Today’s black knit leggings, ankle boots and boyfriend cardigan (sans the Joan Crawford shoulder pads) are reminiscent of fashion 20 years ago. It is as important to be fashion relevant as it is to have an awareness of what looks right on you. There is a great saying, “Just because it is in doesn’t mean you should be in it.” It is always with hindsight that we see clearly, but how do we dress ourselves in a fashionable way without crossing the line of ridiculous? There is no finite answer as style transcends on a very individual basis. What I can do is give you guidelines on how to Trend Lightly.
Ankle Boots; If you have short legs don’t even think about wearing these in black with grey tights and a purple skirt. By wearing three different colors that cut you off at three different levels you have just made a shorter you. Instead wear your purple skirt with black tights and black knee boots. Save those ankle boots for wearing with your pants. However, if you have a long inseam the fashion world is your oyster.
Leggings; Leggings in vogue came from athletic garb becoming so popular in our daily lives. These form-fitting lycra tights were mostly seen at gyms but today we wear them everywhere. From grocery shopping to a night out, leggings have become a fashion staple. Unfortunately, depending on how we wear them they still can look like athletic wear. Make sure the top you pair with your leggings covers your backside. What you don’t know is the tighter the legging the thinner the fabric. Thusly, the fabric is thinnest at the largest part of your frame. Only a good friend will tell you when you are naked. Remember, under no circumstances should you wear white leggings. No explanation required.
Pattterned Tights; There are some very cute styles out there but choose wisely. Some patterns can distract from your lovely look by drawing attention to your busy legs. Keep the pattern simple.
Denim; How many pairs do you have? Are they boot-cut and low-rise or did you go all-the-way and get the high-waisted skinny jean? Think less about expanding your denim collection and more about other fabrics in other colors for your next pant purchase. Low-rise and boot-cut looks a little dated and a high-waisted skinny pant is a bad idea unless you have the figure to back it up. Instead of a high-waisted skinny jean try a slim cut cigarette pant that finishes a little below your natural waistline in brown, grey or black twill. If you are blessed with a jaw-dropping body you can walk the run-way in anything you like.
Boyfriend Jacket; Don’t do it! An oversized jacket only looks sloppy. Instead try a long easy cardigan. If it is a woven jacket you want, wear it tailored to fit.
“Know first who you are then adorn yourself accordingly” –Epictetus
It was never the point of this blog to sound off about politics. Like the First Amendment, I believe in a separation of style and state. My political opinions have nothing to do with my views on the latest skirt lengths. Further, fashion should not be dictated from Washington. Have you seen what is considered ‘fashionable’ at a political assembly? I think about this as I watch the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters walking through the streets with their picket signs. My thought is, “what if we dressed-up for the revolution?” If we showed up in slim pants, a boat-neck fitted top, a tailored-trench coat and a pair of kitten heels (this is a revolution, those 5” stilettos will only make it through the first half mile) would we be taken more seriously? Would our elected officials look at the protesters and see their voting public and then listen instead of shaking their heads at the mob of demonstrators and mutter the word, slackers, under their breadth? The best dressed revolutionaries just might be the Suffragettes (1900-1920). They demonstrated in the latest fashions of the time and the accomplishment of that fight was the passing of the right to vote for women, the Nineteenth Amendment.
What are you wearing to the revolution?
Madison Avenue has made many claims to women…wear a certain fragrance and no man will be able to resist you…use a special cream every night and in 30 days you will be mistaken for a woman in her 20s. I read them with a smile on my face thinking, “oh, if only it were true.” These ads are so prevalent I barely notice them anymore. When I see a picture of an 18 year old model claiming the reason her skin is so youthful looking is because she uses a special cream every day, I roll my eyes. My guess for her youthful skin is she is youthful! But why let the facts get in the way of a good ad campaign? Remember MBT sneakers and now Reebok Easy Tone sneakers? The manufacturers claim you can lose weight just by wearing them. No exercise required. Here is how they work; since it is difficult to balance in them you work harder at standing and walking, therefore, as you tighten your muscles you are burning more calories (walking + difficulty balancing = accident). Now we have Lytess—the first multi-tasking fashion legging. The claim from Lytess is that by wearing these leggings all day and all night you will drop inches. The claim further states the reason this works is because these leggings are manufactured using caffeine and shea butter. My guess is if you wear these leggings day and night, you are in a perpetual state of sweating which means you will need the aforementioned fragrance because in those leggings you will be resistible!
Fashion is for looking chic. Looking to lose a couple of extra pounds? Well, you know what to do ; – )