1. With Fashion Week just around the corner, we are all beginning to focus on the upcoming trends for fall. But what about the trends hitting stores now? What are you coveting?
Really? We’re already onto fall? I am such a fashion noob.
To be honest, I’m not coveting much at the moment. I’m not a fan of the loose, asymmetrical silhouettes and bold primary colors that are in right now. I’m more into feminine, classic colors and styles, which don’t seem to be very prominent. And the colors, oh boy – it’s either neutral (and sad, dead-khaki neutral at that, not fresh neutral) or neon-mustard or neon-coral. Really not my thing.
Apparently gigantic bold prints are in, which isn’t my thing at all, but I’m seeing some more delicate, approachable prints available.
And I’m glad tunics and skinny pants/leggings are still around because I’m just now getting into them and I’d like more options. I’m also liking the skinny waist belts, which, as you’ve probably noticed, is a look I’m kind of obsessed with.
2. How do you incorporate new trends into your wardrobe?
I start very small and very late. I got skinny jeans only when I had to admit they weren’t going away, which was about two years after they arrived on the scene. The best example of an incorporated trend I can think of is my waist cincher belt. It’s black and not too dominatrix-y, and I was able to start with some pretty tame looks and then move into new belts and new ways to style them.
3. What trend are you seeing and not loving?
I was at Urban Outfitters the other day and it was just confusing. Everything was oversize sweaters and cropped tank tops and t-shirts with long tails and colors straight off “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” My sister tried to explain how this new style of layering works, but it just seems to me that it would look disheveled all together, and I’ve always been a fan of more classic, tidy silhouettes. I wish the “native” “tribal” stuff would go away, too.
4. Do you feel the pressure to constantly update your closet with the latest trends?
Not really. I don’t want to be wearing something blatantly out-of-style, but I don’t like buying pieces until I’m sure I can get my money’s worth out of them. I usually look for really trendy pieces in small doses, like new jewelry or a belt, and somewhere fairly inexpensive.
5. Where do you find inspiration that takes the trend and makes it accessible to you and your personal taste?
I try to look at catalogues or at the catalogue sections of websites that show you the looks they’ve put together with their newest pieces. A catalogue is obviously not the most reliable source of inspiration because they throw all their pieces together and sometimes don’t even use real people as models, but it at least gives me a vague idea of how something will look on a person instead of a hanger. And of course I investigate other fashion bloggers, who usually dress much more bravely than I do and give me ideas for mixing pieces I wouldn’t have thought to mix.
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