By the time we reach 50, we might say no to trends. We might settle back comfortably into a black safari jacket, some tasteful knit trousers, or our tried-and-true pencil skirt and blouse.
Alternatively, we might experiment, judiciously. Judiciously, I say, for trends will come and go. That’s their nature, they cannot help themselves.
The question, always, is how to invest in the ephemeral? How much of our emotional capital to plonk down on the counters of our imagination? To say nothing of dollars and department stores.
Here are some strategies, and examples plucked from the streets of now.
1. Pattern Mixing On The High Street
Whilst the Grande Dame can hie herself to Dries van Noten for a little something,
and Artsy Cousins can pattern-mix with their hands tied behind their back, we Sturdies may need help. Here’s the thing. Retailers are happy to oblige. It’s easy to one-stop shop at J. Crew, Anthropologie, or even Target. Here’s what I recently wanted to buy at J. Crew and only eschewed when I remembered I am unlikely to wear polka dot pants to work.
Duchesse’s post, here, articulates some of our generational issues with pattern-mixing. Understood. Every trend has its unpleasant extreme. But I never want to be the old woman muttering, “The world’s going to hell in a hand-basket!” To that end, I try new stuff.
2. Ankle Focus With Icons And Imitations
This is the age of the ankle. Highland Fashionista first noted this in Vogue, here, and I think she and our esteemed print colleagues are right. So we have two options: show our ankles, or cover them, just enough to draw attention. Showing ankles is pretty easy. Wear. Short. Pants. Sure, you have to experiment with just the right crop, or just the right cuff on your boyfriend jeans, but you’ll get there. Here’s a fun picture, no?
As for ankle coverage, we’re talking the ubiquitous ankle bootie. The best strategy here is to identify the trend origin. Single out the icon, which in this case is Isabel Marant’s Dickers. Barneys SF has them in black. Don’t ask me how I know. Blame Sophie if you must.
But we can also look to Zappos and find some that cost less money, or feel better on the feet, or are more practical than suede. Your choice.
3. Bright, Saturated Lips From The Masters
If you look around the blogosphere, you’ll see one vivid, saturated lip after another. I’ve tried it. Totally fun. Also, no effort at all, except in the reapplication requirements. You have to invest in a small mirror or you’ll wind up in clown face.
I don’t recommend the drugstore here. Saturated lips require a sophisticated shade, and skin tone flattery. This is best achieved in your favorite makeup chair, at Barneys, Dillards, or Sephora. Try Armani, Illamasqua, or YSL. Totally fun. Also an excuse to sit down and let someone tend to you. No guilt, since you are absolutely going to make a purchase. Yes you are.
If you avoid the pale and the frosted my friends, this trend is ageless.
There you have it. You’ll recognize me by gray hair and blue-red lipstick. If you’re flaunting some flame yourself, I’ll wave.