While no one will accuse une femme of being an early adopter of fashion trends, I do appreciate the fresh perspective and sense of fun inherent in trends. Selective incorporation of trends can breathe some new life into a basic wardrobe. For all but the most outrageous, I’ve learned to give trends a bit of time before I pass judgement. Sometimes familiarity breeds affinity. Given time, I’ve warmed up to pattern mixing, to skinny jeans, and to a little bit of platform.
But after some months and careful consideration, there are some current trends that just leave me cold.
Yes, it’s fun, it’s bright, but all you see is the coat. The woman gets lost. And I suspect that these colors will both a) fade and b) look dated in the time it takes for a puppy to get his Big Dog teeth.
A little organic fading or distressing I get. But like the “dirty” jeans trend of a few years back, this just seems so contrived. I don’t do well with contrived.
The Gigantic Clutch.
Especially the big slouchy ones. They just seem so impractical to me. This is the sartorial equivalent of having one hand tied behind your back. And where do you set them when you sit down to eat at a restaurant?
No no no no NO. No matter how many women’s magazines try to tell us this is OK, this will never read as appropriate business wear to me. “Chic enough for the office?” Horsefeathers.
I remember wearing a version of these (and constantly twisting my ankles by falling off them) back in high school. Not to mention that they made me clomp down the halls like an adolescent Clydesdale. Nuff said.
Oversized. (And its cousins, Pleated, Baggy and Boxy.)
While I appreciate the amazing architecture of pieces like this, oversized anything makes 5’1″ me look like a three-year-old playing dress up in mommy’s closet.
What about you? Are there some trends you won’t touch with a ten foot pole? Or do you keep an open mind?
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