We’ve all seen trends come and go. Platform shoes. Bellbottoms. Hip Hugging Jeans. Disco Suits. Sometimes they have lasting power (leopard print) and sometimes they are gone before they are ever a thing (multiple popped collars; good riddance!).
I’ve always been adventurous with trying new trends and sometimes they go off with flying colors and some (like my big west Texas hair in the 80’s) should remain in the past! How do we go about getting a handle of what will stay and what will go?
Let’s take a peek at a few Trends that you might want to add a pinch of this Fall.
The corset belt… We have seen them in exaggerated shapes and sizes. Over a T-shirt almost covering it. Over a slip dress. The one I have is from TopShop. The size worked for my frame and the price was perfect. I wore it over a cotton army jacket to give it a new look and used it with a blouse over a slip dress. The key for me was the weight of the fabric you are cinching and the size of the corset belt itself. Remember proportion. Never overwhelm your frame.
The oversized blazer… I waited a while before I tried this one. My first problem was that if I bought one off the rack I might see it on someone else around the corner. A simple solution: look in your mans closet. Or alternately take a walk through a gentleman’s consignment shop. While you are there check out their scarves. You might just stumble across something fabulous. This is a cost effective way to fool around with a trend and do something different.
The sock and heel trend. This one was a tough one for me. Too contrived, but it could be of use this fall if you can’t part with a strappy heels just yet. I tried a see through sock in white with a pair of booties. True, I cheated the look a bit but it’s all I could pull off and its a great alternative!
In the end, in order to keep your wardrobe relevant, fluid and modern it is important to have just a bit of edge. Remember stay true to your style. Honor your body type and take a risk!
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My husband and I went to a wonderful wedding in California this late summer. You might have seen a few pictures on my Instagram account stylebeyondage.
My style and manners are still what some might call old fashioned. I still won’t wear black or white or red to a wedding. I still won’t wear a watch after five. ( that’s another story) anyway…..It is a challenge to pick an outfit for an afternoon outdoor wedding that is cocktail attire and moves on into a beautiful night of dinner and dancing.
My sister is fortunate enough to have a beautiful architectural dress made by the iconic American designer Halston. This masterpiece of design is made out of one single length of fabric on the bias with only one seam no zipper. I can’t even get my head around that!
There is a wonderful fabric store in Dallas called Richard Brooks Fabrics. It has the most beautiful exotic fabrics you can imagine. They also have some of the most skilled seamstresses. I took the Halston dress in and they replicated it in the textured
aubergine fabric you see in the pictures.
There is nothing like a staycation to quickly regenerate the spirit.
Denim on Denim (The Texas Tuxedo ) was a trend I have always shied away from. In this case I embraced it and loved the look! Between the embroidered jeans and the vintage Levi’s jacket I could not have been more appropriately dressed to arrive at The Firebrand Hotel n Whitefish. Thank you Lori and Dan Avrill for allowing us to shoot on location.
Mixing the feminine and masculine always has a surprising effect. A camo or leather jacket over an evening gown for instance. In this case the army jacket with the print skirt worked well with the ever so on trend corset belt. And, high heels always work with a pencil skirt.
For cocktails and dinner a robe like dress with a short neutral slip makes for a comfortable dinner look. The print is a great backdrop for the YSL cross body bag and a statement necklace and vintage cuff seal the deal.
I love this silk top. The elbow length bell sleeves are perfect, not too hot for summer, just enough coverage in the arms.
Such a fresh vibrant color is set off perfectly by white jeans. Raffia and camel accents add interest without overpowering. A touch of trend in the pompon on a staple summer bag and you are off. Remember your go to gold tone jewelry. Just a touch not too much.
It must have been a windy day…. I am holding on to my hat in every shot!
Every time I see some pretty silk fabric I buy some yardage to make this pattern.
It has been a staple in my closet since my twenties. I wear them around the house as negligees, I wear them when I have a dinner party at home and as a coverup in the summer. It just depends on the fabric. And of course how far you choose to go with your accessories.
Whenever I see some silk I like, I buy yardage twice the distance from my shoulders to the floor. I keep it around until I get the urge to use it .
I found a lovely gal with a Kaftan pattern that is very similar to the one I use.
Check out her website Riva La Diva. Lots of DIY fun there!
Just a note ; on the side seams, depending on what look I’m after and the drape of the fabric, I place the side seam close to my body and make it shorter. This highlights your shape and when left a little below your hip, makes for a sexy open leg. It all depends on what you want to use it for. Have Fun!!!
These are a few of the fabrics I have used in the past.
The trapeze shirt dress didn’t look like much on the hanger. Experience has taught me to try on items that I think won’t work. Who knows right? I can always just take it off ! Or, I could take a second look and use my imagination.
In this case I chose to belt the front of the dress by opening the sides just a bit and threading the belt though the front. The result is a slimmer front look and a somewhat dramatic back. I have also used this dress open over a pair of white jeans and a T. Perfect