While fashion has moved away from monolithic trends, I can’t help but notice a prevalence of certain styles this season. “Trends” these days seem to cycle both more slowly and more quickly, so I don’t put much stock in any expert’s “In And Out” lists. Personal style, lifestyle and wearing what fits and what we love should always override any declared “must-have.” I regard trends merely as opportunities, either to experiment and possibly add something different to refresh a wardrobe, or to stock up on those pieces that we’d wear anyway (but with expanded options and availability).
Here are a few trends that I’ll let pass by. (And as always, what’s a Miss for me may be a Hit for you, and visa versa.)
- Off-the-shoulder tops. These are everywhere this season. Actually I think they look very nice on many women, and I like the look in general. But for those of us who are uncomfortable going braless, they require strapless bras, which either a) don’t stay up, or b) provide enough support, or c) are uncomfortable, or d) all of these. So this one’s a big ol’ “nope” for me. (Shown above.)
- Cold-shoulder tops. These really should be the best of all worlds: a little bare shoulder, arm coverage, often bra-friendly. But there’s just something about this style that irks me. I didn’t like this style the first time around, and still can’t warm up to it. (Shown above.)
- Puddling pants. Though I’ve seen several versions of these on retail sites and in RTW shows, I have yet to see anyone IRL actually wearing their pants this long, which gives me some hope that this will be no more than a blip on the radar. (Shown above.)
- Oversized everything. I can wear only one oversized piece at a time, otherwise I feel swamped by fabric. I think for most of us, some balance between fitted and oversized looks better. (Shown above.)
- Structured lace tops. I’m seeing versions of tops like these everywhere, from designers down to fast fashion brands. Lace is iffy for me anyway, but a stiff, structured top + lace is style kryptonite for this full-busted gal. (Shown above left | right.)
However, now that I’m freed up from the “office appropriate” style constraint, I’m drawn to a few pieces with a slightly more boho feel, like this embroidered blouse.
A solid top with embroidery like this one stops short of evoking finger cymbals and patchouli 😉 but might be a fun addition to a summer wardrobe paired with my denim and white jeans.
What about you? What trends are you excited about, and which leave you cold?