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My mother was right! (But lets keep that between us.) As I look at this season’s trend, I recall a conversation I had with her back in the 90’s (I swear that was only 10 years ago). As I was rocking my overalls she began to share how she too had overalls, and bell-bottoms, and even wore psychedelic colors. As I rolled my eyes, “who even uses that word ‘psychedelic’”, I hear her voice “What’s new is old, and what’s old is new”. Looks like she was right!
This season is a throw back. From cropped tops, sheer, wide leg pants, graphics, and fringe, to floral and embellishments. You name it, they have all been on the runway and have graced several generations.
So now that you know what’s trending I guess this article is complete and you have all of your answers, right!
Wrong, like most of my clients, you are probably wondering HOW can you apply this to your lifestyle? I mean what 40-year-old mother of three doesn’t want to rock the crop top?
My style philosophy is simple – in order to wear a trend, is has to pass the 3-question test: does it work for your body type, is the color right for you and does it support your style personality? If the answer is no, then that trend is not for you. (Take a moment of silence…I know, I know, I too wanted to wear that trend.)
Lauren Hutton said it best “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”
Choose to be the best you. It’s that simple. I use this golden rule with all of my clients. The best style/trend is the one that looks best on you! As a fashion and wardrobe stylist, I encourage my clients to evolve and push the limits all while feeling confident and comfortable.
A great way to incorporate a trend is with accessories. I suggest you start with a purse or booties. It is great way to try out a trend without having buyers’ remorse or over-committing.
Here are some tips on what to look for and how to pair the latest trends:
CROP TOP – The crop top ooks best when worn with a skirt, boyfriend jeans or skinny jeans. If you are body conscious, I suggest wearing with a high waisted skirt.
SHEER/PEEK-A-BOO – I love sheer panels on a dress. It can be sexy and sophisticated at the same time. Steer clear of pairing with a short skirt or plunging neckline; it can come across very risqué.
WIDE LEG PANTS – These look fabulous in white. I suggest going for a monochromatic look here. Head to toe all white looks sharp and is definitely an eye catcher, yet comfortable.
GRAPHIC – Black and white, prints and patterns – graphics look great in tops, pants, shoes, clutches – even athletic wear.
FRINGE – Whether you are a rocker or bohemian, a fringe dress will steal the show. I’d stay away from pants with fringe (who wants to add more size on their lower body).
FLORAL – You can go ladylike in small floral clusters or preppy and tropical with bold colors. This looks best on skirts, pants and totes.
EMBELLISHMENTS – Necklaces, necklines, shoulder details, bracelets, shoes and more – this trend will be around for a while. Embellishments can be dressed up or dressed down.
Remember Nicole Blair Wear’s 3 rules:
1) Does it work for your body type?
2) Is the color right for you?
3) Does it support your style personality?
Nicole Busch is a certified personal stylist and the founder of Nicole Blair Wear, an image consulting company based in the San Francisco, California and Columbus, Ohio areas. Nicole specializes in helping people look and feel more confident by discovering and displaying their personal style. Her services include fashion consulting, color and body analysis, closet sweeps and personal shopping, and her clients range from celebrities and professional athletes to business people, stay-at-home mothers, teenagers and anyone else interested in learning to dress with confidence.
Nicole was selected by “What Not to Wear’s” Stacy London to work as a stylist for her Style for Hire company and toured with Ms. London on her Westfield Style Tour. Nicole has also consulted for Carlisle Collection and Bodymetrics, recently styled a photo shoot for Content Magazine, Bebe au Lait, has been featured in FOX NEWS Magazine and has presented at a number of businesses and organizations on personal style and confidence. Find her at NicoleBlairWear.com.