One of the most common questions I receive from clients is, “what’s on trend this season?” My answer is usually, “everything”. Why? Because we are constantly bombarded with articles, TV segments and social media posts about the latest trends from every tastemaker and influencer.
However, once you’ve reached a certain age you’re wise enough to realize that every trend is not meant for you. It’s also more important to stay on trend vs. being trendy.
Here’s how to stay relevant for spring 2017 without reinventing the wheel
Trend #1 :: Blush
Pink, typically a color associated with spring and femininity, is having a major moment in 2017. In fact, it’s my pick for Color of the Year. Move over Greenery, the actual color of the year. Pink can be found everywhere from sweatshirts to trench coats ranging in hue from raspberry to dusty rose to muted blush.
How to Wear: The shade of pink you should wear has everything to do with your skin tone and natural hair color. Whenever you introduce a new color to your wardrobe, start small by picking one safe item such as a blouse. Pinks on the paler side are trending more so expect to see an abundance of this shade when you are out shopping.
Trend #2 :: Shirting Redefined
THIS is the trend you’ll be seeing EVERYWHERE. Stripes and lighter shirting fabrics are typical for springtime, but this year they have been completely reinvented. Since cold shoulder, a trend from last year that’s still relevant, expect to see cold shoulder tops in shirting fabrics like cotton, linen and chambray.
How to Wear:
A simple way to switch it up is to update your basic white shirt with one that has statement sleeves (sleeves that add some drama). Want to take it up a notch? Then select one high-end piece with ruffles or exposed buttons and wear it like art.
Pair it with your pencils skirts and pants for the office or layer over your denim for the weekend. What I truly love about this trend is that it works for both conservative and casual work environments. And it’s not your mother’s white shirt from Talbots.
Trend #3 :: Da Bomber Jackets
With the rise of Athleisure, which refers to clothing that can be worn for leisure and sport, it only makes sense that Lt. Pete Maverick and Ferris Bueller are making a fashion comeback. Athleisure is a $44 billion dollar lifestyle-clothing category that has quickly gained market share due to more casual and telecommuting work environments.
Bomber jackets have always been unisex in the history of fashion so it’s ok to venture into the Men’s department for one. Warning – your teenager will totally steal this jacket from you.
How to Wear:
Style them as spring’s version of the leather jacket. Play it safe by sticking to neutral options in black and navy. Layer them over t-shirts or dresses. If you want to take it up a notch, invest in a beautiful bomber with embroidery and make it your main focus point.
Ready to discover which trends work for you, let’s connect.
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Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally?Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I used to think everything I was doing was about being the woman I was supposed to be. I’m constantly working on self improvement and figured SOMEDAY I’d be this put together and amazing woman, she was calm and self assured and woke up at 430am had time to do everything one does in a perfect day, always had a smile on her face. Then I realized nope, I already am the woman I want to be. I’m pretty darn wonderful because I’m me, flaws and all. Saying that out loud, owning my greatness, that’s been a huge shift in my self discovery and mindset recently.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I appreciate that I am a kind person, that I love with all my heart, that I am a giver and someone who helps others on a daily basis. I appreciate that I’m a fighter although it can get me in trouble, I stand up for what I believe in.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
The life I’ve created for myself is what I’m most proud of. I’m proud that I’ve always gone after what I wanted and never let anyone stand in my way. I married the guy I wanted despite my family’s reluctance, I choose a career in fashion even though the pressure was there to go into medicine or science. I’m proud of my daughters and know that I’m a great mom who always goes above and beyond for my kids despite not having the best example. I’m grateful that as a personal stylist, I help my clients define their personal style and gain confidence so they can go on and do great work. When they succeed, they thank me and I’m humbled to have played a small part.
4. Of course, we all have imperfections, or so we think. In truth, we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? Likewise, what imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?
I have a tough time with forgiveness. I tend to love with my whole heart and when someone hurts me, its really hard to let it go.
I’ve come to realize that holding onto that anger and hurt is negative energy that hurts me the most. I’m also really bad at self care, I put everyone else before me which generally ends with me getting sick or exhausted. I recenlty hurt my knee and currently doing Physical therapy, its forced me to slow down and focus on small steps everyday.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to appreciate and express all the positive traits that make you…well…YOU! In fact, sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Therefore, Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my smile, my determination, my character, my strategic brain, my strength.