Tends and Trends
Fashion is fickle. Trends come and go.
But we still tend to follow whatever the latest fashion gurus dictate is “In Style”.
Do you think fashion designers really consider or care what their styles will look like on the majority of the population? Or do they just love to come up with those weird, quirky styles that only look cool on anorexic models, making the rest of us look like blimps?
The fashion industry continues to provide cookie cutter molds that are unrealistic that make the majority of us feel inadequate and unattractive. Just think when you see a model or celebrity wearing the latest style, is your body shaped like theirs? Are you close in age to them? These are important things to consider when you tend to follow the current trends.
If you want men to go gaga over you, please don’t follow the styles of Lady Gaga! She loves to “shock and awe” us with her outrageously tacky fashions, but then that IS her quirky trademark.
Remember Madonna’s style back in the 80’s, how every teen had to dress like her? Her styles over the years have been quite wild (and downright slutty). Then Gaga carried it a bit further beyond wacky and weird.
Neither of them are natural beauties in my opinion nor do they have perfect figures. Maybe that’s why they dress so outrageous, to hide their flaws! Or to flaunt them!
You may not have killer curves like Kim Kardashian, or a derrière like J Lo, but you are uniquely beautiful in your own right.
Learning what brings out your best attributes and hides your flaws is the real key to being “fashionable”.
A very important thing to remember is that there is NO such thing as a PERFECT figure!
Personally I’ve never been too concerned what others are wearing, or what is “in” style at the time. Maybe because I had a brief modeling career back in my twenties and I’ve seen how fast trends come and go. I also learned the hard way how expensive it is to keep “in style”.
Here are a few things to ask yourself that will help you determine what styles look good on you:
Are you petite? (I hate using the word “short”)
Wear clothes that make you look taller, not ones that emphasize your size. Avoid long skirts that are below the knee. High waisted clothes and shorter length skirts and jackets look good on you! High heels are great but be careful, you don’t want it to look like you are trying too hard to look taller.
The taller and slimmer you are the more styles you can wear. But if you are over 5’7 it’s best to avoid high waisted jackets and vests. Skirt lengths can vary, but keep in mind that mid length hems can make you look shorter and add weight. Choose high heels that don’t add too much height, as you don’t need it.
Are you overweight?
Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight, that show every bulge. Do wear clothes that have vertical lines or seams rather than horizontal. The right colors can also have a slimming affect. And despite popular belief, the color black can actually make you look larger (unless you are a Winter, then Black looks great on you!).
Here are some fashion mistakes to avoid:
UGG!!! This is a big NO-NO!
I don’t care how comfortable these are. Ugg’s were designed to be worn with leggings or tight jeans NOT shorts, or skirts, how tacky!
Over accessorizing is another big NO-NO! This can make you look bargain basement cheap.
Pants that are too long or too short. Or pants that are too tight or too loose.
Oh yeah and where did the tight jeans with the thongs sticking out the top come from? Yikes!
Is this the women’s version of the men’s pants hanging below their underwear? OMG!
More Fashion No No’s-
Too much denim. Demin jackets do NOT go with everything!
Always wearing solid colors. That is so blah! Better to have a print or patterned blouse with solid color pants or visa versa. The colors don’t necessarily have to match, contrasting colors can add a dramatic affect. Just stay with colors within your Season to look your best!
Women over 50 wearing the styles of women in their 20’s. Boy this one really gets me! Stay with styles that flatter your age, not make you look ridiculous.
Sweat pants with writing on the butt! OMG I saw a very unattractive heavy set woman wearing a pair of tight sweat pants that had “sexy” written across the butt. What was she thinking? I couldn’t believe it!
I could go on and on!
The bottom line is that no matter what is in style for the moment when you “know” what looks best on you then people will notice your true fashion sense and want to follow you!
You’ll be a trend setter!
P.S. If you can think of any other fashion mistakes you’d like to add feel free to comment. We can help each other out here. Thanks!