I sometimes get asked about fashion trends and what women should be looking for as they shop to avoid looking dated. I believe it is easy to get stuck in a fashion rut which can be frustrating if you’re trying to have fun and experiment with your clothing or if perhaps you want to avoid looking like every one else. I know most women want to look nice and blend into the crowd. This post is really for those women who want to use fashion as a form of self-expression and are not afraid to take risks. This means sometimes making mistakes.
At first I was going to make this post image based but as I looked for pictures of dated styles to use as an example, it didn’t feel right. Ultimately I want this post to be about empowering women, not tearing down those who feel confident in what they are wearing, even if it’s the same as every one else. Instead of using images I decided to write what I believe are trends to avoid in 2016 if you’re in a fashion rut.
1. Leggings. They have seen there heyday. As comfortable and as easy they are to fit into your boots, I believe they are a dated trend. Leggings have their place when you are exercising or lounging around the house, but not for a day out on the town.
2. Socks sticking out over the top of your boots. When we add a lot of layers on our legs (i.e. Shin covering boots, with socks sticking out, leggings and then an above the knee skirt) it makes our legs seem shorter. It divides our legs into unflattering proportions.
3. Chunky knit circle scarves. It is an easy accessory to hide in and a look that has oversaturated women’s fashion. Just type in fashion on Pinterest and see how many looks are accessorized with circle scarves. A lot.
4. Strappy Ankle boots are very popular when paired with skinny jeans or leggings. However, if you want to experiment with shoe styles and break away from the mainstream this coming year why not try a chunky loafer or pointed mule without a lot of strappings?
5. Slouchy bags. Bohemian style bags have been very popular in the last few years but can also be a little sloppy looking. A structured bag adds serious class to any look.
6. Asymmetrical cardigans that can be tied in front. There is nothing inherently wrong with a loose fitting cardigan but they they do tend to widen our hips and hide our waist. When tied they can add bulk in front. This particular type of cardigan is also very oversaturated in everyday dressing.
7. Skinny jeans. They’ve been popular for the better part of a decade now and might be the style that the early 2000s is most remembered for. I’m not opposed to wearing a skinny jean, however, I am ready to experiment with different cuts and styles.
8. Ballet flats. These types of shoes tend to stretch out and lose their shape fast. They quickly become a shoe that looks ill-fitting and worn out. I know they’re considered really comfortable but actually they provide very little support for your feet and a busy lifestyle.
If you love all the above items, that’s okay! So do a lot of people! However, if you want to challenge your sense of style; look beyond these trendy items to clothes and accessories that will pack a punch when worn with confidence. Sometimes the easiest way to do this is by knowing what not to buy and so I hope the above list can be useful to you!
Full disclosure: I’ve been eating humility pie. I’m embarrassed to admit I get caught in the comparison rut all the time. I ponder how to grow my blog, make it successful and be somebody. And then I think back to the beginnings of Elasticpantcity when I had no idea blogs could grow, what a PR company was, or that stats mattered. I started this blog because it was super fun to write while Levi napped and play around with words and my wardrobe.
I’ve been thinking about why I’m still blogging and it’s for the same reasons. My kids are still napping and I still like to play with clothes. I have to remember to be content with who I am which is not a model or a 20 year old. I’m an almost 33 year old mom of 3 boys.
Years ago I wrote a post for Vancouver Mom on how to make the most out of a thrifting adventure. I thought it was time for a part two as I’ve never written in detail about how to find well-crafted, designer pieces.Before I jump into the step by step I want to share some thoughts on wearing a brand. The reason I adore high end designer pieces is not for their branding but for their make.
I’m always on the hunt for rainy day activities in Vancouver and so on Saturday we went with friends to visit the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. The conservatory serves as a bird sanctuary for over 100 species of birds and various tropical plants. It is a relatively small, glassed in dome with a circular path which is stroller accessible. The kids enjoyed the scavenger hunt provided by the conservatory and were able to find all the items in a few rounds.
My lips get so dry in Winter so when I tested out Pixi Beauty’s Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette I was thrilled to discover a lipstick that provides just the right amount of moisture without too much shine. The package comes with the cutest little lipsticks in four gorgeous shades of pink and is a perfect stocking stuffer for the women in your life. With names like Petal Pink, Honey Bare, Rose Naturelle, and Bitten Rose there’s a colour for every skin tone.
In the November 2015 issue of Vogue an interview with Angelina Jolie highlighted an important lesson in parenting. When asked how she juggles films, humanitarian work, her husband and six children she said, “I schedule individual time with each of the kids like a crazy person.”
The greatest style advice I was ever given was to know whether or not my complexion is suited to warm or cool colours. My friends were the ones who advised me, “You are definitely a cool coloured girl.” With that knowledge I veer towards deep, jewel toned wardrobe pieces (Except when I don’t and then regret it).
We make pancakes as a special treat for the boys or when we’re having friends over for breakfast but it’s a meal I usually skip out on. The pancake recipes we use are usually full of gluten, sugar and fat; all things that I try to carefully limit in my diet for the sake of my gall bladder.
I finally have developed a skinny pancake recipe that is delicious and I can eat guilt-free!