Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary
Vogue has been telling you for quite a bit what is in for this Spring. Unfortunately, their editors only live in a few select cities, and they don`t really know what most people wear. I read the magazine a lot, but it always disappoints me a little how far off base they tend to be. I mean, the stuff they show is so often either last season, or last decade! I don`t think I`ve picked up a single issue in the last few years that wasn`t either 80`s or 90`s. What a fashion blunder, and how such a frequent one! I would be so ashamed to wear some of that stuff. Color blocking is nineties, people. It is color dipping that we do instead now. Mixed metals are so last decade, as well! We are all about complementary metals now: brass with gold, silver with zinc, and so on. It is frustrating enough to make me want to cut my nails. (Brutally short is nineties, super long is eighties, black polish is early 2,000.) Speaking of, the trend is 5 centimeters of pink, 2 centimeters of white tips, rounded square shape.
Don`t even get me started on people that are still wearing ripped jeans. It doesn`t say rugged, trendy, or country- it says wannabe. That period ended in 2010, and now it is just a zombie fashion: no matter how hard the truly fashionable try to shoot it down, it keeps rising, trying to feed off the creativity and innate fashionista in each member of the population. (You bet guys can be fashionistas as well, they are just called handsome instead. Or fashionisto, but that seems a little awkward. Well, I think it`s fashionisto. My Latin and Spanish are rough, to say the least.) I know, I rant about the failings of major fashion communicators a lot, but it is a problem dear to my soul.
So, in an effort to help right the wrongs, I`m here to report what is really on the rise. Fashion this Spring is still recalling older times, but it reaches back a bit further than the end of the last century. Actually, it goes back several centuries ago. Because this season is seeing the return of the ‘peasant’ style, with a few kick ass additions to wow and awe. This season is actually all about Robin Hood daring do, so leave your fluffy bunnies and cute floral prints in the closet. Or, if you can`t resist, restrain yourself to Easter or Passover. Lace is still in, so you can feel free to add a few little flirty accents. Our key colors will be yellow, brown, and darker green, so forget the last few decades that were all about neons. That`s over and done with. This isn`t a super cute look, a super edgy look, or anything else that is too extreme, so it should be a look that everyone can live with. And if you can`t stand to go more crazy than black and white, push yourself only a little by utilizing brown and perhaps some white, and only add a tiny pop of color in buttons or a headband.
Here`s how this is going to work. I`m going to give you a super trendy option, and a low key option, so you can pick and choose different elements and make this one work for the level of stand-outedness you can handle.
Some leather on the arms is completely necessary this Spring. It is the thing to do. The rest is what helps pull it all together, but this is the key piece to base every outfit your wear this season on.
If you want to add a bit of the sweetness you usually expect for Spring, feel free to add some lace and leather fingerless gloves.
Just go for understated for the rest of your outfit to avoid looking like a Con escapee!
Apparently, most stores are behind the times as well. Perhaps that is because they depend on these
now dinosaur like fashion authorities to tell them what to stock. In any case, before you wear any shoes, I caution you to leave your moccasins aside. Maybe those were cool last year, but they are dead now. They have gone to meet
their maker, and won`t appreciate bei
ng taken out of your closet again for at least five years. They`ve developed roots, and they are staying put. Have you not noticed that it seems to be the shoe of choice for most people to wear every day? In case you can`t tell by my little rant, this trend is over.
The forest boot has just begun, though. Currently found only in history geek stores and the internet (read: Renaissance fair addicts) these will pop up all over by the end of the year. That is because they are the look du jour, and never mind the nerdier applications.
Here we have two options, neither of which stand out to me as too obnoxious, though I tend to be a little braver with my style than most.
As it is, though, these are some good ideas for this year`s footwear. Victorian style shoes were a little trendy and under ground last year, but this year we have mainly focused our need for retro on Oxfords, like the flamboyant pair to the right. If you want a more modern and on-trend shoe, the robin hood style boots at the left are just the right thing. I tend to think that they aren`t too scary to wear even for the most sheepish of fashionistas.
If you want to trend on the cheap, shoe clips are also coming back. This little yellow rosette pair at Etsy will dress up a pair of basic ballet flats, while ensuring you don`t look like you are dressing for Halloween! (It says it is for bridal, but don`t let others limit your imagination!)
The main element to look for on shirts is one that will lace up the top few inches at the neckline. You don`t want all over lacing, like the deceased corset shirts. You also want to avoid a plain white shirt, as that would make it look too campy. Look for a modern and upbeat pattern, like this cutie I found on E-Bay.
If you like the look of the blouse on the right, just be sure that Just be sure the pattern is as modern as this one if you are going to skip the lacing and include fancy sleeves. The black adds that truly modern look that really seems to define this last decade, and is still applicable now. This shirt was at Blue Fly, but it seems to be all out now, so I guess you`ll have to apply the concepts when you search for something similar on Google.
For the shirt on the left, I`m almost certain stock is all out by now. It was selling on Ebay, but I know this site is where it was originally sold. Be sure to avoid a bunch of embroidery, ruffles, or flowing bell sleeves, as that is more hippie than modern.
The thing about pants is that they really aren`t in right now. No, we are all about tights, a style that is going strong despite a few years.
They still are, with one little caveat: wear long shirts with tights. I don`t care how amazing and sexy you look, wearing tights that are completely exposed to observers is sexy- just like a hooker. If you want to bring some class into the mix, make sure your shirts or tunics go at least two inches at your inseam. That way there is still a bit of a flirty impression, but some details are still left to a need to know basis.
J-Lo`s to the waist neckline was in 2,000; and the bare it all look has long since died. Ignorance is no excuse on this one! Same with men. I don`t need to see anything in the front on either gender, so the two inch inseam should be a good starting place for both. Feel free to go longer, though to the knees is generally the maximum length for Spring dresses, and Men should go shorter than that unless they want to be trail blazers in men`s skirts and dresses.
Unless you aren`t wearing any tights. In that case, you can bare all you want, as long as your clothes are at least 1/4 of your thigh long, measuring from the knee up. Another good rule of thumb is that, if your pants have pockets, we shouldn`t see them. Nor any butt exposure!
As a good side note, stockings and tights are in again. No want really wants to see your bare legs anymore. That is a juvenile thing, and it brings to mind tween, not gorgeous twenty something!
First of all, let me caution you: don`t depend on Googling ‘peasant skirt’ for this one. You`ll come up with layered skirts, and those are practically ancient history by now. You will want to look up ‘lace up skirt’. Be wary of that, as well, as many of the looks are too cancan to be anywhere near trendy, or even trail blazer.
Patchy skirts also fall in bounds. Patches have been popping up on pants across the country, and now they feel cozy and comfortable on a swishy little skirt. Pockets have been off an on for the last few years as well, but they are a safe inclusion in your wardrobe because they have never been part of an overwrought trend. Things that have never had the top of the game stay acceptable for many years, as opposed to super trendy thing that go out light a candle.
*Note: You don`t have to wear the skirt over the tights, just as you don`t have to wear them separately. If you combine them, be sure to use a solid color pair of tights and go as crazy as you want with the skirt. Likewise, if you wear just the skirt or just the tights, keep in mind length and modesty. It is actually trendy to not show all of your junk, so don`t be the goofus who ignores such a big style rule!
Now that you have the basics in mind, have fun! Feel free to shake things up, and throw in a pair of jeans or tailored vest. It is these little mix ups that let people know you have a unique style. Just be sure to keep in mind the basics, and you`ll be sure to make something new and wonderful, while avoiding all the dusty and overused trends of yesteryear.