Trends the Second Time Around

Thoughts on wearing trends the second time around

I was born in 1977, so I was a (mostly) cognizant being during the 80s. I wasn’t a terribly fashion-forward being since I was quite wee, but I saw the 80s clothing trends go by me and they soaked into my consciousness. Neon and leggings, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and destroyed jeans, piled-on jewelry and cropped tops. These were the trends of my childhood, even if I didn’t wear them back then.

I wear them now. OK, I don’t wear neon much because it doesn’t work with my palette, but the rest? Oh yes. I adore 80s influences completely without irony. I’m also perfectly content to trot out my floral dresses and combat boots from the 90s, and still own much of what I wore in the 00s. READ MORE

Originally posted 2011-10-10 06:30:11.

Being Intentional with Black

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 When a color is deemed “neutral,” the temptation is to throw it into a mix and be done. And you certainly can: Blue denim is neutral, and I’ve never heard anyone say that it should always be worn with garments or accessories that complement shades of blue. But ANY color, neutral or no, will look fantastic if it appears multiple times within an outfit.

Originally posted 2016-03-14 06:34:38.

Reconsidering Investment Pieces

We've all heard that coats, bags, and shoes are worth investing in - but what about daily-wear pieces?

The following items have long been viewed as investment pieces: Handbags, winter coats, classic shoes. Why? Because those three items get more use, wear, and abuse than other items. Even a favorite pair of jeans is unlikely to be worn every single day for the duration of a winter, and no dress or sweater will ever be worn as hard as a pair of shoes. Bras are occasionally added to this short list by style experts who recognize the importance of a good foundation, but everything else is up for grabs. You can invest in whatever you’d like, of course, but if you’re seeking expert advice, it’s generally bags, coats, and shoes. READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-03-19 06:24:31.