There is an allure to having a “Classic Style”. A wardrobe that never goes out of style. Never feeling like you’re chasing the trends. Always looking on point. I think we can all agree that we’re looking for the timeless wardrobe where we can wear clothes forever and ever and they are always classic. I’ve written about this quite a bit – perhaps not here, but in my insiders club (which you should join!) Here are a few tips:
- The challenge with a classic wardrobe is that it still has to have a mix of fresh items so it looks current. When gals say they want a ‘classic look’, they really mean that they don’t want to look like they are ‘trying too hard’ or dressing like a younger gal. If you don’t have fresh pieces, it looks like you’re wearing Grandma’s clothes, or it looks like you work for Starbucks (you might want to google their dress code). Neither is a fun option. Having a classic wardrobe, is more about having pieces that work well with other pieces, and can be mixed and matched, having a good variety of prints AND solids (not just one or the other. When you have all basics, this will often times leave you longing for a Pinterest closet).
- Look for classy clothes. These are more timeless, but with modern cuts (figure flattering, showing curves, but not revealing).
- Don’t shy away from trends. This is what adds pizzazz and interest to your wardrobe. A classic style doesn’t mean that you don’t update your look. The trick to looking classy, is to tastefully wear trends. Sprinkle them in. Try a fun pop of color with black slacks. Or fringe with your favorite jeans.
- I don’t necessarily believe in having over-priced “investment” pieces. I do agree that you get what you pay for, but I don’t think you need to spend a small fortune to have a lovely wardrobe.
- Clothes aren’t diamonds; they won’t last forever. Be sure to try new trends. You’ll find new styles you like, and you’ll always look current! I hated lace before I tried it…and high low hems…and skinny jeans, to name a few. Now those are some of my favorite pieces. Ü
- Life is short! Wear the red heels with the graphic tee!!
I can guarantee, that you won’t look or feel like grandma (even if you are one!) if you stay modern and current.
The DL on skinny jeans: Trends change all the time, it seems. In actuality, they change much slower than you might think. Sort of like time passes in the blink of an eye, but really a lot of time has passed between ‘then’ and now.
I’ve blogged extensively on trends and how slowly they move – really slowly – like years, so I’ll spare you the details on that. The shortened version so you don’t have to google it, trends usually last several years, depending on how they catch on – like lace. That was a trend, I’d consider it a staple now. You might not want to spend money on a trend, but think about a designer; they don’t want to chase the wind! They’ll invest millions into a trend that they see will be viable for a few years. Think of the amount of research and production goes into jumping on a bandwagon. I’d say, if you see a trend, you should try it out; it’ll be here for a while.
So, skinny jeans. Last year, I was talking with my denim rep about skinnies. I had read something on some blog (FYI, I wouldn’t trust a blogger who doesn’t have insider intel, or Old Navy is her choice for ‘style’) about skinny jeans going “out” and boot cut making a resurgence. She agreed that they had waned in popularity, but didn’t foresee them disappearing all together – they just weren’t front and center. Enter ankle booties. These had been on a style back burner for a while. Are they boots? Are they high tops? What are they? Because of the new found ankle bootie trend (if you’ve been hiding under a rock/not scrolling through Pinterest obsessively, they are boot shoes that come up to the ankle – they can be both with a heel, or without. Most popularly without a heel), skinnies are making a comeback, with a twist. That always seems to be the case, doesn’t it?! Because of the length of most skinny jeans, gals were cuffing their jeans to show off the tops of their boots (instead of tucking in the jeans). Designers have now shortened the hem of skinny jeans to be slightly higher than the boot top. Soooo, no cuffing required!!
This trend is particularly awesome for the longer legged gals who have felt a little silly with their ankles on display for all to see. Now tall girls can rejoice!
If you are feeling a little wary of looking like you’re rocking high water pants, when you are intending on rocking ankle pants, have no fear. Ankle pants have been ‘in’ for about 5 years, but were never paired with boots – only heels. They were the precursor to boyfriend jeans, which is essentially a less structured/refined ankle pant.